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City council opts against saying Lord's Prayer

6:57 AM, Mar 6, 2013   |    comments
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CAVE SPRING, Ga. -- 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. 

Council members had voted earlier to say the prayer at council meetings.

City Attorney Zach Burkhalter said the law restricts what prayers can be said at council meetings, though it doesn't prohibit all prayers from being spoken.

Burkhalter told council members they can have a prayer, but "it just has to be a more generic-type thing."

Council member Peggy Allgood suggested pastors at Cave Spring's six churches take turns saying the prayer at meetings - a proposal Mayor Rob Ware liked.

City Clerk Judy Dickinson said she would contact local ministers and arrange the prayer schedule.

(Associated Press)

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