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Mayor: 'No Plans to Stop Prayer Before Meeting'

Mayor: 'No Plans to Stop Prayer Before Meeting'

The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on whether or not local governments can start their meetings with a prayer.

A federal appeals court called the practice unconstitutional.

League City Mayor Tim Paulissen admits officials there had to change things up after a similar complaint.

“We have our prayer before we actually gavel the meeting,” says Paulissen.  “So the prayer itself is technically outside the official action of the meeting.”

When the high court rules next spring, Paulissen tells KTRH News his city will stick with the current policy either way.

“I'm not looking to jump on board if they say its unconstitutional, so I'm not necessarily going to say I'm going to stop the practice,” he says.

The Liberty Institute's Jeff Mateer says we should not have to change our ways because one or two people are offended.

“There are lots of things that I'm offended that are occurring in society, do I get a heckler's veto?” asks Mateer.  “If that's the case, we will have no free speech rights in this country.”

“Its not up to the government to tell people what they can and cannot say before the start of a public meeting,” Mateer tells KTRH News.

 

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