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Rapid City Council votes to create prayer policy

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The Rapid City Council voted to draft a policy regarding prayer after a nonprofit group asked the council to end its practice of beginning meetings with an invocation.

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 asked Rapid City to stop the prayer; calling it a civil rights issue.

People on both sides of the issue spoke out at Monday night's City Council meeting. But the overwhelming majority of the people in attendance support the council to continue prayer at the meetings.

City leaders say they don't have any plans to change the time-honored tradition. The entire council is in agreement that they will continue saying a non-denominational prayer at the beginning of each meeting.

But the council is divided on what should be done. Some believe creating a written policy would protect the city from the possibility of a future lawsuit. While other council members believe the council shouldn't invest time and the city's money to defend a ‘what-if' situation. 

The City Council plans to review a written policy concerning the invocation at the March 13th Legal and Finance committee meeting.

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