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Fredericksburg prayer ruling prompts political dustup

The federal appeals court ruling upholding Fredericksburg’s policy that all prayers opening council meetings be nondenominational has given state politicians something to write press releases about (Apparently that whole $3 billion budget shortfall thing wasn’t enough to keep them busy.).

State Police Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty directed State Police chaplains to abide by the court’s ruling by giving nondenominational prayers at all public events. The directive didn’t cover more private counseling sessions that chaplains participate in, but it did prompt six of the 17 chaplains to give up their volunteer religious duties, saying they didn’t want to be told how to pray.

Now two Republican lawmakers are trying to overturn the State Police policy, according to the AP, suggesting a state law could be written to do that.  

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