Speaker Won't Stop House Prayers

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Montgomery, Ala.

For as long as most people can remember, the Alabama House and Senate have opened sessions with prayer, usually given by a visiting minister, a lay leader and occasionally by House and Senate members.

House Speaker Mike Hubbard said Wednesday that he has no plans to stop the prayers despite a legal challenge to the practice in a New York town.

Members of the legislature say the prayers are generally kept non-partisan and are not offensive.

The prayers are given at the same time that members say the Pledge of Allegiance. Hubbard says members are asked to recommend who they would like to give the prayer.

Hubbard says a variety of people from different faiths are chosen to give the prayers.

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