SC county councilman's prayer sparks protest

SPARTANBURG, SC - SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina councilman's prayer to Jesus and against abortion and same-sex marriage to open a county council meeting has drawn at least one complaint.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported Sunday that Councilman O'Neal Mintz filled in at last week's meeting for the council's usual chaplain.

His prayer drew a complaint from Spartanburg resident Mary Miles who often observes the council meetings for the League of Women Voters. Miles told the newspaper her complaint was on her own behalf, not the league's.

Local council prayers have been an issue in South Carolina since a court ruled that prayers mentioning Jesus' name before meetings of the Great Falls Town Council were unconstitutional because they show government preference to one faith over others.

Information from: Herald-Journal,

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