Officials Nix Prayer Box at City Hall

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RENSSELAER, Ind. - Pastors in Rensselaer, Indiana, say they'll keep praying even though their request for a prayer box in City Hall has been turned down.

Local pastors had asked to place a box in the City Hall's reception area where people could leave anonymous notes with requests for prayers. The Rev. Garry Wickert said similar boxes are at businesses around the city and are collected every week or so and shared among local churches.

City Council members, all Republicans, said they liked the idea, but voted against the request Monday because of concerns over possible lawsuits.

In the 1990s, a lawsuit stopped a long-standing tradition of distributing Bibles to fifth-graders at Rensselaer's public schools.

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