Georgia City Council Opts Against Saying Lord's Prayer

CAVE SPRING, Ga. (AP) -- Council members in a northwest Georgia city have agreed to forgo saying the Lord's Prayer at their meetings, a reversal from a previous vote.
The Rome News-Tribune reports that council members voted at an earlier meeting to say the prayer at council meetings.
Mayor Rob Ware said at a gathering of some council members on Monday he wanted to discuss the issue more because of controversy surrounding prayer and religion.
City Attorney Zach Burkhalter said the law restricts what prayers can be said at a council meeting, though it doesn't prohibit all prayers from being spoken.
Burkhalter told council members they can have a prayer at council meetings, but "it just has to be a more generic-type thing."


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