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Prayer Break

It’s a tradition that traces back at least three mayoral administrations. Taking place at the beginning of every City Council meeting, it lasts but a minute. The majority of constituents the council serves seem to support it. It’s rarely, if ever, been publicly opposed. But, depending on the outcome of a United States Supreme Court decision, it might not be legal. It’s the invocation — the opening prayer where council members, staff members and citizens in attendance bow their heads and pray to God before the city takes up business during its bi-monthly meeting. It’s where religion mixes with government. It could be here to stay, or it could be on its way out. It’s a “complicated topic with many variables,” said City Attorney Mike Gridley. “Hopefully, the case before the (Supreme Court) will give some guidance”/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Shawn Gust's CdA Press photo: Coeur d'Alene City Council members, from left, Woody McEvers, Steve Adams and Ron Edinger bow their heads during the invocation of Tuesday's meeting)

Question: Are you in favor of the invocation at the start of Coeur d'Alene City Council meetings?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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