A long time tradition in League City has come under the microscope. The same organization that has tried to stop the cheerleaders at Kountze High School from using religious signs at games is now getting involved in local politics and the long time tradition of opening city council meetings with a prayer.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Wisconsin, sent a letter asking them to stop the practice, which Mayor Tim Paulissen says he's not going to do.
“The city has been doing this for the last 52 years that we’ve been in business,” Paulissen told our television partner Local 2. “Unless a judge or someone with a higher authority tells me to stop, we are not going to change.”
Members of the city council agree with the mayor’s stance.
“We need to say more prayers. Prayers before every meeting, before every school function and at the beginning of every school day,” said city council member Monique Batiste.
But some residents understand the reasons behind the letter.
Resident Caylie Justice said, “I could see if I was of a different religion and I was there how it could be awkward.”
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is getting involved in a Texas case for the second time in a year. The Kountze High School case is still working its way through the courts.