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February 19, 2013

Council Resistance on Prayer Results in New Letter

The Rapid City Council united on having a prayer before council meetings, but complaints have continued.

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The Rapid City Council united on having a prayer before council meetings, but complaints have continued. A new letter sent February 15th by the Freedom From Religion Foundation cites the strong opinions voiced by the City Council at their February 4th meeting, as well as stating that city employees complained about Mayor Sam Kooiker's defense of prayer in his email the following day. City Attorney Joel Landeen is drafting a policy to help keep the prayer, though such a policy might not stand up to a legal challenge.

Excerpts from both the FFRF's letter and the mayor's email to city employees can be read in the Rapid City Journal. Additional council happenings can be read about in the archive.

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