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Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Cities continue prayers despite ruling
Staff Writer

The City Council meeting began with a prayer.

"Lord Jesus, we'd like to give you thanks and praise," Rialto Councilman Joe Sampson said.

Sampson's words at the Dec. 7 meeting are a double-edged sword truth to Christians but not necessarily to all in the Council Chambers. To local governments, they are a legal liability.

Twenty months after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a ruling that bars religion-specific prayers at government meetings, many cities continue to allow them.

It's yet another issue in the ongoing church-state debate. During the past year, people of all beliefs have been united, at least philosophically, in their zeal to practice what they preach not what others impose.

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