ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Rapid City Council to continue opening meetings with prayer

RAPID CITY (AP) -- The Rapid City Council has decided to consider the services of several organizations that have offered to help the city if it is sued over the council's practice of having a local minister lead a prayer to start meetings.

RAPID CITY (AP) -- The Rapid City Council has decided to consider the services of several organizations that have offered to help the city if it is sued over the council's practice of having a local minister lead a prayer to start meetings.

The nonprofit Freedom from Religion Foundation has expressed concern about the practice. The group that advocates for the separation of church and state has not explicitly threatened to sue Rapid City but has said it expects to resolve the prayer issue in courts across the country if necessary.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the council voted unanimously Monday night against establishing a policy calling for prayers at meetings. Alderman Jerry Wright says the council will continue to look at the prayers as tradition.

What To Read Next
Members Only
Although Mitchell's rates would be increase, the proposed equitable rate structure could lessen the increased costs for residential customers' water and sewer bills.
“We see that when things happen in the coastal areas, a few years later, they start trending toward the Midwest,” said Rep. Ben Krohmer, serving his first term in the House.
“This is sensationalism at its finest, and it does not deserve to be heard in our state capitol,” Rep. Erin Healy, a Democrat and one of 10 votes against the bill in the 70-person chamber, said.
Members Only
Prior to be sentenced to prison, a Mitchell man blamed the winter weather and slick roads for his DUI charge and said he wouldn't have been pulled over had it not been for the "crazy weather."