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Despite threats Yakima City Council plans to continue praying at meetings

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YAKIMA, Wash- The Yakima City Council voted Tuesday to continue praying at meetings.  However they do plan to will make some changes To reduce the risk of getting sued. 

Earlier this year a Wisconsin group threatened legal action if prayer during government meetings continued.  In response, the council presented plans to pray before the meetings begin instead of during the meeting.  They also directed the city attorney to write a disclaimer of sorts saying that the prayer is not intended to impose religion on anyone.

"And then from there it's up to the Freedom from Religion Foundation to decide if they want to sue us or not.  That's still a possibility but it's not something we're readily concerned about at this point", says Mayor Micah Cawley.

At next the next meeting the council will vote on the proposed prayer policy.  However, until they adopt a new policy they plan to continue praying during meetings as always. 

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