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Pickens Co. School Board adopts nonsectarian prayer

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School board members discuss adopting a nonsectarian prayer policy during a meeting. (Feb. 25, 2013/FOX Carolina) School board members discuss adopting a nonsectarian prayer policy during a meeting. (Feb. 25, 2013/FOX Carolina)
PICKENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Pickens County School Board adopted to use a nonsectarian prayer at its meetings during a packed-house meeting Monday night.

In January, the Pickens County School Board voted to look into nonsectarian prayer, a form of nondenominational worship, for the start of their meetings.

The decision came after a complaint from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation. The group asked the board to end its practice of holding student-led prayer at the start of their meetings and threatened legal action.

The school district said the South Carolina attorney general suggested a nonsectarian policy that is within the law, but some people in Pickens County are not happy with that solution.

Pastor Paul Turner and his wife created petition forms for those who want to keep prayer the way it has been. He said so far he's gotten more than 3,000 signatures from adults and about 300 from Pickens County School District students.

On Monday night, the board discussed adopting a nonsectarian prayer policy in front of a room packed full of people. The measure passed with a 3-2 vote, with one abstention.

Previously, the Pickens County School District has said this plan isn't about keeping religion of out schools, but following the law.

FOX Carolina will have reaction to the board's decision during the Ten O'Clock News and the News at 11.

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