Man Objects To Prayers Before City Council Meetings

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WILKES-BARRE — An objection was made Thursday night at the Wilkes-Barre city council meeting over the council’s use of prayer before meetings.

After the pledge of allegiance was recited and the weekly prayer was read, Justin Vacula stood up to make his case to city council.

Vacula, a self-proclaimed atheist, is the co-organizer and spokesperson for the NEPA Freethought Society and said although the act of prayer has been a long standing tradition at council meetings, government officials should leave prayer to individuals and refrain from leading prayer at council meetings.

Wilkes-Barre City Council President Bill Barrett said the board would get back to Vacula on the matter.