Parkersburg City Council asked to drop prayer before public meetings


In government meetings across West Virginia, many meetings begin with a prayer.

Now a Wisconsin-based group is asking city council members in Parkersburg to discontinue prayer at all city council meetings.

The Freedom from Religious Foundation sent a letter addressed to council members claiming the city is violating the law by reciting the Lord’s Prayer before every public meeting.

The letter states: “Prayer at government meetings is unnecessary, inappropriate and divisive. The best solution is to discontinue official government invocations altogether.”

Parkersburg Mayor James Colombo said he disagrees with the accusations in the group’s letter. Colombo tells our sister station WOWK, the city council is doing nothing wrong and will continue to recite the prayer before the meeting officially begins.

“Why would a group out of Wisconsin care about somebody saying the Lord’s Prayer prior to a meeting in Parkersburg, West Virginia,” said Colombo. “There’s nothing wrong with what we do.”

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