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Prayer policy revisited by Pickens Co. School Board

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People pray at an Upstate event. (File/FOX Carolina) People pray at an Upstate event. (File/FOX Carolina)
PICKENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Many want a change to the type of prayers held before Pickens County School Board meetings and they spoke about it Thursday.

Ministers, school board members and concerned citizens spoke about the type of prayer spoken, saying the current non-religious prayer is not enough. The board changed its prayer policy to only allow non-sectarian prayers before meetings in 2013.

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of having uncensored public prayer at meetings in Greece, NY.

And now, some members of the school board want to know if that ruling can be applied to its meetings. If so, it would mean any religion would be allowed to open meetings with a prayer.

"But this gave us the opportunity with the Supreme Court ruling where you can actually invite a clergy in random from the community, give a prayer any way he feels is conscious," said Alex Saitta, Chairman of Pickens County School Board. "Any school board or town council or legislature that actually went to a moment of silence or to no prayer at all, I think they made a mistake."

The group plans to meet again to come up with a policy, which it will then have an attorney look over.

They said once it's put together, they will present it to the Pickens County School Board for a vote.

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