FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The Frederick County Commissioners are looking to Virginia for guidance on adding an opening prayer to their public meetings.
The county attorney is recommending that the commissioners model any prayer policy after one developed in Chesterfield County, Va. The five-member board is scheduled to discuss the matter Thursday.READ MORE: Derby Winner Medina Spirit Still Expected At Preakness After Failed Drug Test
The Frederick County policy would state that legislative prayer is permitted by the U.S. Constitution as long as it is nonsectarian and voluntary, and avoids references to any particular religion, denomination or sect.READ MORE: Catherine Pugh: Inside The Case
The draft is based on a Chesterfield County policy that withstood a federal court challenge by a Wiccan priestess who was barred from giving an invocation.
Republican Frederick County Board of Commissioners President Blaine Young suggested in March that the board consider adding an opening invocation.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Maryland: 8 Deaths Reported Sunday As Hospitalizations & Positivity Rate Decline
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