Group sends letter asking Knoxville City Council to stop prayer

Group sends letter asking Knoxville City Council to stop prayer at meetings

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A secular advocacy group has sent a letter to Knoxville officials asking them to stop the practice of praying before city council meetings.

Freedom From Religion, based in Madison, Wisconsin, sent a letter last month to Knoxville Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis, asking him to stop the practice at meetings.

The group called it, "unnecessary, inappropriate and divisive."

In recent years, Freedom From Religion Foundation has also objected to prayer at Blount County Commission meetings, the use of the word 'religion' on police badges in Lenoir City and prayer before University of Tennessee football games.

A city council official said they were still looking into the matter.

"We're looking at the letter we just recently received it we'll be meeting with a member or two of the administration to discuss it sometime in the near future," said Rob Frost, special counsel and advisor to city council.


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