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City, county governments watching Supreme Court prayer case

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The Madison County Commission started off their Wednesday meeting as they always do, with an invocation. The Madison County Commission started off their Wednesday meeting as they always do, with an invocation.
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Prayer is a relatively new tradition at Madison County Commission meetings, but it is one that commissioners hope to keep. They well be paying close attention to the Supreme Court's ruling on the case of two women suing a New York town over prayers at town meetings.

Two months ago, the Madison County Commission came under fire for opening its meeting with a prayer. The Freedom from Religion Foundation sent two different letters to commissioners, calling for the prayers to stop. Commissioners ignored that request and have continued with an invocation.

Pastor Frank Broyles led the prayer at Wednesday morning's meeting. As a part of the Interfaith Mission Service, he coordinates the invocations for our local governments. Broyles is in charge of asking leaders of different faiths to present the opening prayer at city council and county commission meetings in order to offer diversity and to be as inclusive as possible.

Broyles believes prayer at public meetings has its place and is an important part of our country's historical and moral standards.

"You cannot divorce spirituality from public life, therefore there are public occasions where public prayer offered inclusively can help bring the community together and recognize the place of healthy in the United States of America," said Broyles.

Chairman Dale Strong said it's a Southern tradition that is appropriate for this area. He said the prayer has been well-received by those at the meetings. Leaders of all different faiths are asked to lead the prayer, and participation is completely voluntary.

"The Supreme Court hears cases every day. Our position is we begin our commission meeting just as the United States Senate, the Congress, the Alabama House of Representatives, and I feel very comfortable in our position," said Strong.

Strong said until they know what the Supreme Court decides, opening the meetings with a prayer will continue as usual.

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