Rapid City attorney to draft policy to keep prayer at council - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City attorney to draft policy to keep prayer at council meetings


By as soon as this Monday, city council members may have a policy regarding prayer at their bi-monthly meetings. The creation of the policy comes after a complaint from a Rapid City resident to the non-profit organization The freedom from Religion Foundation.  The Foundation is asking Rapid City to stop the prayer, calling it a civil rights issue.

City leaders don't have any plans to change the time-honored tradition. In fact, at Wednesday's Legal and Finance Committee meeting, council members passed a motion to direct staff to create a policy that allows for prayer. "I whole heartedly support creating the policy," Alderman Steve Laurenti said.
An attorney representing the Foundation says the group will be making a nationwide push this year to resolve the prayer issue in the courts across the country if necessary.

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