|Published:||Nov 17, 2010 10:59 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 17, 2010 8:00 PM EST|
Cape Coral, Fla - Cape Coral city leaders could remove public prayer from their council sessions.
It's part of a resolution to amend the procedures at their weekly meetings.
Council members will discuss the issue at a workshop on Monday.
Resolution 51-10 is a proposal that will amend the procedure of Cape Coral city meetings.
It recommends changing several items, such as when council meetings and workshops are scheduled and expanding public comment from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
It also suggests modifying the invocation for the meetings.
Instead of a council member reciting one of three prayers listed in their guidelines, they would instead have a moment of silence for personal reflection.
The proposal was drafted by Council member Chris Chulakes-Leetz and the city attorney.
Chulakes-Leetz says the move is to simplify the meetings.
People will still be allowed to pray, but they would pray to themselves.
The topic has people split.
"I believe they should leave the prayer," said one person.
"I think a silent prayer to themselves...would be sufficient. I think," said another.
Others believe the issue still needs to be discussed.
No immediate decision is being made.
City Council members say they will only discuss this topic at Monday's workshop meeting.
A vote on it could come by the end of the month.
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