Council no longer says Christian prayer after organization requests immediate removal from meetings
Bowed heads and folded hands are no longer part of North Kansas City Council meetings.
The City Council recently dropped the long standing tradition of reciting the Christian Lord's Prayer at the start of every council business session. Requests from a national organization to remove the prayer from the meeting agendas citing the illegality of the recital of such a prayer led to immediate removal from future meetings.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation faxed a letter to the city, addressed to Mayor Bill Biggerstaff, on Oct. 19, addressing its concerns with the city repeatedly opening meetings with the Christian prayer, according to City Administrator Pam Windsor.