Glendale city council to consider invocations at meetings
By FOX 10 News Staff
GLENDALE, Ariz. -
We've all heard about the separation of church and state, but the Mayor of Glendale is asking the city council to start every meeting with a prayer.
"I definitely support it. God bless America," said Laurie.
We spoke to some people outside Glendale City Hall Wednesday afternoon. Most liked the idea of starting every council meeting with a prayer.
"I would strongly recommend it. I pray all the time. There's nothing wrong with praying," said William.
Laurie adds, "I believe in prayer. Prayer is the answer to everything. I believe God is the answer to America to solve our problems."
Usually, Glendale City Council meetings begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence.
But now Mayor Jerry Weiers is trying to get the council's blessing for an opening prayer. It comes with conditions: No one is required to take part, whoever does the praying will do it for free and there's a recommended limit of two minutes on all prayers.
Not everyone we talked to thinks it's a good idea.
"I'm Catholic and I believe in prayer, but I think some things need to be separate," said Darcey. "I don't think that has a place in our city council meeting. I think it should be the business of the city council.. what they are doing."
The city council will vote on the issue September 10th.
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