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City Council Meeting Prayers Suffers Setback

City Council Meeting Prayers Suffers Setback

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CLEARFIELD, Utah (AP) -- Prayer at the beginning of Clearfield City Council meetings may never be fully restored.

The city attorney has advised the council to consider leaving the policy the way it is, suggesting that bringing back any form of prayer or opening ceremony could make the city an easy target.

Earlier this year, the council eliminated the moment of silence or prayer at the beginning of its meetings in response to a letter sent to them by the Utah Atheists.

The letter sent to 150 Utah towns reminded them about two state Supreme Court rulings. One says prayer before meetings had to be nondiscriminatory and available to all and the other says that cities couldn't deny anyone the right to participate in prayer because of the anticipated content of their message.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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