An Arizona town wants to allow prayers before council meetings. Not all prayers, though — just some:
On Monday, the City Council was to consider a resolution to allow all members of religious groups to pray before council meetings. But Councilman Rob Hudelson, a Baptist pastor, asked for a change to the resolution so that only Christian groups would be allowed to do so, which passed with a 4-2 vote.
It turns out that Coolidge, AZ city council has been opening meetings without prayers for many years, but wanted to start… but only if the practice was limited to specifically Christian prayers. Council voted 4-2 to pass the resolution. But not everyone is happy with the decision, including the City’s legal counsel:
“That would complicate things,” City Attorney Denis Fitzgibbons cautioned. “The council would then be establishing Christianity (as the religion).”