- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - A proposal to open Kennewick City Council meetings with a prayer to the Christian God has been shot down.

By a 7-1 decision earlier this week, the council voted to not pursue the idea. The lone dissenter, John Trumbo, was the proposal’s sponsor.

The Tri-City Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1tor63f) Trumbo introduced the proposal at a council meeting earlier this month. It was going to be moved to a committee discussion but was then tabled.

Councilman Paul Parish made the motion to end the talks. He compared Trumbo’s proposal to opening Pandora’s box. He says councilmembers already were hearing pushback from people both in and out of the Tri-Cities.

Parish says if the council would have allowed a prayer to a Christian God, they would have been compelled to allow prayer from other religions. He calls that time-consuming.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, https://www.tri-cityherald.com

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