The name of Jesus Christ is no longer allowed at city council meetings in Longview, Washington.
Area ministers are typically invited to pray before council meetings, but Mayor Don Jensen has now advised them not to use Jesus's name in those prayers because it could expose the city to lawsuits.
Baptist Pastor Mark Schmutz is president of the Ministerial Association.
Schmutz responded on behalf of the pastors, saying if ministers can't speak the name Jesus Christ, they will no longer provide the meetings invocations because "this is the one and only true God."
At least one atheist, Dan Smith, has complained about the prayers. Smith calls himself a "very comfortable atheist."