A Virginia city's attempt to make its public council meetings more inclusive got off to a rocky start in July when audience members prayed aloud during a new moment of silence.
With a new mayor and two new council members, Radford city officials agreed in a 4-1 vote to replace the religious invocation at the start of their meetings with a nondenominational, inspirational statement and a moment of silence.
"We want to set a tone for our meetings that everyone is welcome here, no matter what your faith is," new Councilwoman Naomi Huntington said on July 3, according to the Roanohe Times. "By having a moment of reflection, it allows you to worship or not worship and reflect on what you believe is appropriate at the time in your own way."
"While we're talking about being more inclusive, it's not just people of all denominations. There are some people that could be agnostic or atheist and we represent them as well," said...