- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - The Lord’s Prayer is no longer being recited at Berkeley County School Board meetings.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that (http://bit.ly/291lZ2L ) when Tuesday’s meeting opened, instead of the tradition of reciting the prayer, board chairman Jim Hayes called for a moment of silence.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State wrote board members this month noting that reciting the prayer violates constitutional freedom of religion protections because it is a Christian prayer.

Hayes says the board could continue saying the prayer and face a lawsuit. Other options included a non-sectarian prayer, inviting various religious groups to present the invocation, a moment of silence or removing the invocation from the board agenda.

The newspaper reported that board members agreed that saying the Lord’s Prayer has run its course.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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