Parkersburg City Council says Lord's Prayer despite lawsuit

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Despite a lawsuit being filed over the reading of the Lord's Prayer at its meetings, Parkersburg City Council proceeded as normal Tuesday evening.

After the public joined in the Lord's Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, the meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by City Council President John Reed.

During a public forum later in the meeting only one person addressed the issue. She suggested that the entire lawsuit could be avoided by simply designating one minute for a silent prayer so all faiths and persuasions could be observed.

There was no response from council, and no action was taken regarding prayer, the lawsuit or the woman's suggestion.

Almost half of the 50 people in attendance wore name badges saying "I Love Parkersburg." Some said they were with the North Parkersburg Baptist Church congregation.

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