Saturday, April 25, 2015
FILE - This June 20, 2012 file photo shows protesters remaining seated during an opening prayer during Hamilton County Commission meeting in Chattanooga, Tenn. It happens every week at meetings in towns, counties and cities nationwide. A lawmaker or religious leader leads a prayer before officials begin the business of zoning changes, contract approvals and trash pickup. But citizens are increasingly taking issue with these prayers, some of which have been in place for decades. At least five lawsuits around the country — in California, Florida, Missouri, New York, and Tennessee — are actively challenging pre-meeting prayers. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dan Henry, File)