Boyle County Fiscal Court Ends Prayer At Meetings

Reported by: Aaron Adelson
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Updated: 1/11/2013 7:59 pm
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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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KYatheist - 1/12/2013 8:09 PM
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I'm an atheist in Boyle County and I'm so glad someone spoke up. I think it's sad that he has to hide for fear of reprisal from the Christians. This area's religious, who paint themselves as peace-loving people, are hateful and oppressive. I'm also a veteran and I don't need people praying for me, especially people that clearly don't believe in the freedoms I fought for. Those freedoms include the freedom FROM religion as well.
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