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McMaster says he will not offer locals guidance on prayers

(Rock Hill-AP) October 3, 2005 - Attorney General Henry McMaster says he will not tell local governments in South Carolina how they can pray before their meetings.

At least two groups are urging local boards and councils to stop using Jesus Christ's name in prayers at public meetings. This comes after the US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal filed by the town of Great Falls, which was fighting a lawsuit by Wiccan priestess Darla Wynne.

The American Civil Liberties Union asked McMaster to offer cities guidance on what invocations are legal.

McMaster sided with Great Falls and says his office could be involved in further litigation on the issue.

The state Municipal Association advised members recently that councils can not refer to a specific deity in prayers at meetings.

Posted 3:44pm by Bryce Mursch

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