Kenai assembly votes to continue prayer at meetings

    The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will continue to begin every meeting with a prayer after tabling an ordinance that would end the practice.

    KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will continue to begin every meeting with a prayer after tabling an ordinance that would end the practice.

    The Peninsula Clarion reports the issue arose at the borough's Tuesday meeting after members of the community had mentioned earlier this year that the invocation made them uncomfortable.

    Borough code allows local religious leaders to offer a prayer before the assembly meeting. Those interested apply to the borough and are selected by the assembly president.

    Peninsula community members have said they are concerned about religion appearing in government proceedings, and that a prayer of a particular religion could offend those of different or no faith.

    Assembly president Blaine Gilman proposed an ordinance that would end the practice, but several members of the assembly felt it wasn't even worth a vote.

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