Frederick County Board Adding Prayer To Meetings

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The Frederick County Commissioners are adding an opening prayer to their public meetings.

Board members voted 3-to-2 on Thursday to invite religious leaders to attend their meetings to invoke “divine guidance” for the commissioners and their deliberations.

The religious leaders must be ordained and affiliated with a monotheistic religion with an established congregation in Frederick County. Their prayers must avoid referring to any particular religion, denomination or sect.

Commissioner Paul Smith opposed the policy because it prohibits prayers that specifically mention specific deities, such as Jesus Christ.

Commissioner David Gray argued for a moment of silence instead of a spoken prayer.

The policy is similar to one in Chesterfield County, Va., that has been upheld by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. williejoe says:

    Bad decision & very hypocritical.

  2. penny says:

    Separation of Church and State Prohibits this. As does their limitations for a “Monotheistic” religion. All religions should be treated equally under the law.

  3. Diane King says:

    The County Commissioners meetings are not church. This seems totally inappropriate. David Gray had the right idea. A moment of silence would allow each to pray to whomever they like without worrying about being politically correct.

    1. Correctness? says:

      Praying to whomever you would like is in and of itself trying to be politically correct. Seperation of Church and State is not in the Constitution. Instead it is an evolution of interpitations over a period of time. I suppose that those who accutually wrote the Constitution would be maligned today because they would not be considered politically correct today. Believe it or not they prayed!

  4. JackDaniels says:

    POLITICIANS ARE IDIOTS………………THEY NEED ALL THE HELP THEY CAN GET SO THEY SHOULD INVOKE “DIVINE GUIDANCE”

  5. Redleg says:

    Is Christianity really montheistic? Why would Ghandi be excluded? Since Bhuddists don’t have a “God” are they barred?

  6. SILLYMAN MICHAELS says:

    THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT NEWS OF ANY INTEREST BUT NOW LET ME SAY
    THIS…PRAY AT BOARD MEETINGS BUT NOT SCHOOL….AGAIN NOTHING BUT
    DOUBLE STANDARDS..WHATS GOOD FOR THE GOOSE ISN’T ALWAYS GOOD
    FOR THE GANDER NOW IS IT

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