Boyle County Fiscal Court Ends Prayer At Meetings

Boyle County Fiscal Court Ends Prayer At Meetings

The county's governing body used to begin each session with a prayer; now it will start with a moment of silence because of a citizen complaint.
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For at least the last 5 years, Boyle County's Fiscal Court started off with a prayer.  When it meets on January 22nd, that will not happen.

"It was just a typical prayer for, primarily for those of us who are, who are leading whatever segment of government, for the military, and for those of us who may have someone suffering at home," said Harold McKinney, Boyle County Judge Executive.

McKinney received a camplaint from somebody who found the prayer offensive.

"After I looked at it, thought about it, the way to do this is to say we're not going to impose Protestant prayer on those who may not believe in that way," said McKinney.

So, when the Fiscal Court meets next it will start with a moment of silence. 

Some in the community are upset about getting rid of the prayer.

"We need to keep it in everything, need the prayer in the schools, the court, everywhere.  I don't know why they've tkaen it out of the schools, taking it out of the court.  It's ridiculous," said Betty Camden, Danville.

We spoke to the man who issued the original complaint.  He says he is an atheist, and he felt religion was being forced on him. 
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