Mass. city council moves to discontinue Lord's prayer.

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A Massachusetts city council seems ready to discontinue its practice of opening meetings with the Lord's prayer.

After receiving complaints from a local interfaith group and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Lowell City Council is moving toward a policy allowing for only nonsectarian prayer.

City Solicitor Christine O'Connor also presented the council members with a legal memo on the subject. At an early March meeting, O'Connor said the council could stop praying before meetings, open the meetings with a moment of silence or use a nonsectarian prayer, reported the Lowell Sun.

A subcommittee of the council later decided to recommend nonsectarian invocations, and the full council unanimously accepted the report. Formal adoption of the new policy is expected in 60 days.

In a March 5 letter, Americans United argued that allowing for any...

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