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Freedom from Religion Foundation asks Kentucky mayor to stop saying prayers

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Madison’s Freedom from Religion Foundation has told a city in Kentucky to stop opening its City Commission meetings with prayers – but officials say they won’t do that.

Danville Mayor Bernie Hunstad still believes the prayers are legal, after Foundation attorney Rebecca Markert called them “unnecessary, inappropriate, and divisive.”

In a letter to the mayor, Markert said it’s “coercive” to call on citizens to pray at a public meeting and it’s quote, “beyond the authority of any government.”

Danville city attorney Stephen Dexter said his office has researched the issue, and he’s confident the city has not broken the law.

Earlier this year, both the Danville City Commission and the local county’s Fiscal Court decided to keep prayers as part of their meetings – but to no longer mention the name of Jesus.

The county says it has not received complaints about its prayers.