By Goose Lindsay
Opening prayer will be returning to Morgan County Board of Education meetings in November.
The announcement was made by Board Chairman Wade Summers at Monday’s monthly meeting.
The opening prayer was taken off the agenda in September after Summers received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation stating the prayer violated the Constitution’s separation of church and state.
“I got an email from the Freedom from Religion Foundation on I think August 11th saying we should cease and desist praying at meetings,” he said. “They said it was against the Constitution and the separation of church and state. These people carry a lot of clout from the research I’ve done.”
However, after continuing to research the issue and seeking counsel, Summers said they feel it is safe to pray at the meeting.
“I got a letter from the Congress Prayer Caucus Foundation and it seems like they’re going to back us if we decide to have prayer at school board meetings,” he said. “They told us not to deviate from what we’re doing… it’s the way its been done since George Washington was President of the United States and that’s the policy we’re going to adopt from here on out.”
Summers said his original decision to not pray was a tough one because of his beliefs.
“I had a lot of trouble with that. I’m a Christian myself,” he said. “Everything should be done through prayer and I’m pleased this is the direction we’re going to go from here on out.”