- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The Casper City Council will not hold a prayer or moment of silence before meetings despite a member of the public suggesting the practice.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1T9NFaJ ) that the council on Tuesday decided not to add an invocation, though some members said they would consider it at a future work session.

Someone approached the council at the end of its May 3 meeting and asked members to consider opening meetings with a prayer.

Casper Mayor Daniel Sandoval said Tuesday that praying before a council meeting violates the Christian principle of praying in private and could blur the distinction between religion and politics.

Councilman Charlie Powell echoed the mayor, saying his decisions are guided by his religious beliefs, but that his faith is a private matter.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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