League City council vows to keep praying despite religious group's opinion

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by Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 24, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 11:50 PM

LEAGUE CITY, Texas -- The League City council has been asked by a religious group to stop beginning their meetings with a prayer, which is something they have done for years.

"Some liberal group in Wisconsin said we offended them when he had our invocation at the beginning of our meetings," said council member Todd Kinsey at the Tuesday night meeting. "Since you're obviously streaming our broadcast I have a simple solution, don't watch."

The group is called the Freedom From Religion Foundation. It's the same organization that tried to stop cheerleaders in Kountze from putting Bible verses on football banners.

Last week, the group sent a letter to the city that said in part, "Prayer at government meetings is unnecessary, inappropriate and divisive. Council members are free to pray privately or to worship on their own time in their own way. They do not need to worship on taxpayers' time"

The letter also stated that someone locally complained to the FFR. We couldn't find any residents who had a problem with the prayer.

"I think it's ridiculous that they would take all this out," said Richard Berryman.

"I don't think it's right," said Angela Newton. "That' s what this country was founded on in God we trust."

League City Mayor Tim Paulissen said he's received dozens of positive emails and doesn't plan to do anything about the complaint.

"At this point, we're not going to change anything that we're currently doing," said Mayor Paulissen. "There's no consideration for stopping the status quo."

Just like the cheerleader case, League City has been offered help by a non-profit law firm called the Liberty Institute.

The firm said it's dedicated to defending religious freedom across America.

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