At it’s workshop today, Grand Junction City Council will consider ending religious invocations at their public meetings. The vast majority of the prayers said at the beginning of City Council’s public meetings have been given by representatives of a single religion. A decade ago, citizens met with City representatives to say that prayers at public meetings put the City’s religious preference on display and violated the separation of church and state. The City adopted a policy in 2008 that let anyone say an invocation, but last summer, after a Satanist said an invocation, the City was prompted to consider changing to a more inclusive and less polarizing moment of silence instead of religious prayers at public meetings. Their workshop is at City Hall today at 5:30 p.m., and is open to the public.
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