Post-Gazette: “Monroeville Council to start meetings with moment of silence”

The Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium was featured in an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Post-Gazette.com

Monroeville Council to start meetings with moment of silence

Starting next month, Monroeville Council meetings will begin with a moment of silence and not the Lord’s Prayer, which had been recited at council meetings in the municipality for nearly five decades.

Council voted down an invocation ordinance Tuesday tonight that would have called on various community religious leaders to lead council in prayer prior to meetings. Instead, council voted unanimously in favor of holding a moment of silence before council meetings.

“This has become a giant issue,” Councilman Ron Harvey said about the controversy that has surrounded the municipality opening its meetings with the Lord’s Prayer.

Council’s discussion and vote stemmed from a complaint filed by resident Josh Allenberg last fall with the American Civil Liberties Union, asking elected officials to refrain from leading in a specific prayer.

“It’s a very emotional subject,” Councilwoman Linda Gaydos added. “I think everyone has a right to what they feel.”

“We really did wrestle with this,” Mayor Greg Erosenko said. Mr. Erosenko thanked the Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium for its input. The ministerium had been advocating for a moment of silence.

The ACLU had threatened legal action against the municipality if it continued with the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer.

Mr. Erosenko said he did “not want to make the ACLU any richer” by battling them in a lawsuit.

Deana Carpenter, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/east/2016/01/12/Monroeville-council-to-start-meetings-with-moment-of-silence/stories/201601120207


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