Don't pray, nat'l group asks Searcy, Ark., council

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - Less than a month after adopting an ordinance allowing the national motto, "In God We Trust," to be displayed on city property, the Searcy City Council has been urged by a national group to stop praying.

Mayor Belinda LaForce said a group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the city a three-page letter arguing that praying in public at council meetings is unconstitutional, as a violation of the 1st Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion.

Several council members were not pleased at the request. Alderman Steve Sterling said his response would be two words - "So what?" LaForce said last week that she believes the city will be able to continue the practice.

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