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Henrico Board Won't Pray At Meetings After Legal Action

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HENRICO, VA—The Board of Supervisors meetings in Henrico County will no longer begin with a prayer, as they have in the past.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation received a letter from a non-county resident who'd attended a meeting and wrote that they found the prayer to be offensive.

The foundation sent a letter to the Board requesting they no longer begin meetings with a prayer, saying sectarian government prayer is unconstitutional.

"There's no need to pray, it's divisive, embarrassing. It really isn't the government's job to get involved with religion," said Annie Laurie Gaylor from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

After receiving the letter, the Board said they would stop praying before meetings.

Joseph P. Rapisarda, the Henrico County Attorney issued the following statement: "The Board was beefed on the legal ramifications of having a sectarian prayer. After careful consideration, the Board decided to end the practice of having an opening prayer, effective immediately."

It's a decision the Freedom From Religion Foundation says it's happy about.

"I think we'll have a lot of people happy that the county government did the right thing," said Gaylor.

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors next meeting will take place July 24, without the preceding prayer.


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