Complaint: Too Many Christian City Council Prayers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Cleveland (AP) -- The Americans United for Separation of Church and State Organization complains that opening prayers for the Cleveland City Council are too often said by Christian clergy.

The group made its third complaint of the year on the issue Monday.

It says the council has unconstitutionally endorsed Christianity by opening 77 of 79 meetings since 2007 with prayers offered by Christian clergy.

The group threatened to sue.

Council president Martin Sweeney says the council will continue the long-standing tradition.

Council clerk Patricia Britt asked city attorneys to look at the matter after the second complaint and says no legal objection was raised.

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