Kansas County Changes Prayer Policy under Pressure

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A Kansas county commission is changing its policy on prayer before meetings. Traditionally ministers offered a Christian prayer at the start of meetings.

Last month, Americans United for Separation of Church and State complained that in three months of meetings, 80 percent of the prayers used the name of Jesus.

In a letter to the Reno County Commission, the group cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prayers at the opening of legislative meetings are constitutionally permissible only if "they do not use language specific to one religion."

The commission now plans to offer non-sectarian prayers at the beginning of meetings. If no one is available to pray, there will be a moment of silence.

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