Berkeley Co. School Board replaces prayer at meetings

Berkeley Co. School Board replaces prayer at meetings

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Months after suspending its practice of reciting a prayer at the start of scheduled meetings, the Berkeley County School Board has adopted a new routine.

Board members amended their policy on meetings in a unanimous vote on Tuesday evening.

The board will now open its regular public meetings with a public invocation.

According the new policy, the public invocation will be "non-sectarian and non-denominational, and will not proselytize for or advance any one or disparage any other, faith or belief."

Attendees will not be required to participate.

Earlier this year, the district received a letter from the group Americans United for Separation of Church and State denouncing the board's regular reciting of prayer before meetings.

Since June, the board has instead held a moment of silence prior to meetings.

Board member Mack McQuillin said he believes praying before meetings has been routine for the past 30 years.

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