A small Ohio town is being criticized for opening its council meetings with prayer – with some of them being distinctly Christian prayers.
At one recent council meeting in Mount Sterling, Ohio, Dortha Ross, associate pastor of Mount Sterling Church of the Nazarene, prayed: “We are thankful that, God, you are our creator, and that you sent your Son, Jesus, as our Redeemer.”
The Columbus Dispatch reported that Councilman David Timmons ended another prayer by saying, “In Jesus’ wonderful name, Amen.”
Mount Sterling’s population is about 1,700.
Chris Line, an attorney with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, said the group may not file a lawsuit but that the prayers are troubling.
“If you’re giving a Christian prayer, and only a Christian prayer, that’s where you really get into problems,” Line told The Dispatch.
Mayor Billy Martin said he is “determined to have prayer at the opening of each meeting.”
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SOURCE: Christian Headlines