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Group challenging prayer at city council meetings

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Saginaw city council prayer before meeting. Saginaw city council prayer before meeting.

Should a local city council open each meeting with a prayer? The Freedom From Religion Foundation says no.

The group is calling for Saginaw to stop mixing religion and politics. Prayer has been a part of city council meetings for years. Folks TV5 talked to don't have a problem with that.

But the group does. They're based out of Wisconsin and they have members nationwide. One of those members attended a city meeting and took issue with the prayer. Now the group wants city council members to take prayer out of their meetings.

Mayor pro tem Amos O'Neal disagrees. "Our country is founded on God. In God we trust on it," says O'Neal.

The city has received a letter explaining freedom from religion's reasons behind elimination of prayer. That document is being reviewed by the city attorney. Meanwhile, O'Neal isn't expecting any changes to council meetings anytime soon.

"I have a right to pray in public. That's our right. So I think it's a matter of determining based on the information we have what course of action we'll take. I don't see us refraining from praying. I just don't see that happening," continued O'Neal.

TV5 wants to know, Do you think public prayer has a place in local government meetings? Sound off on the TV5 Facebook page or simply click on an answer in our poll box.

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