Mayor Linda Vernon favors prayer before meetings.
The Tehachapi City Council voted unanimously to not put limits on what religious leaders say during opening prayers for its meetings Monday.
Mayor Linda Vernon started the prayers before meetings in the city, which is east of Bakersfield, when she took office in January. However, the prayers were put on hold at the council's last meeting because of the threat of a lawsuit from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Rev. Kyle Phillips of the Grace Fellowship gave the invocation at the Sept. 21 City Council meeting at the BeeKay Theatre, closing with “In Jesus’ precious name,” according to the Tehachapi News.
Public discussion included several residents voicing their support for prayer before meetings.
“I don’t think they’re [the foundation] an authority on anything,” public speaker Mike Jones said, “They have bullied people into capitulation.”
“These guys are a religion themselves and are attempting to foist their beliefs on others," Jones said.
"I don't want to increase any additional level of expenses for my city, but it's a basic human right we have," she said.
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