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SC leaders to follow law on prayer and KY risks losing Federal funding
March 29, 2010

SPARTANBURG, S.C. The chairman of a South Carolina county council says the panel will follow a 2008 law on prayer at meetings, after a Christian prayer this month drew criticism.

A 2008 law says government bodies can have a prayer by a designated chaplain, that members pray on “an objective and rotating basis” or that local religious leaders pray.

A federal court ruled in 2004 that public bodies can not name the deity of a specific religion in a prayer.

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