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Onalaska considers opening meetings with a prayer

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ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The city of Onalaska is considering whether to begin it's city council meetings with a prayer.  The judiciary and administration committee heard from the public Wednesday evening but voted to send the proposal without a recommendation to the full city council.  Council member Jack Pogreba proposed the idea.  Critics say it would inject religion into governmental affairs.

Opening meetings with a prayer or a moment of silence is not unusual.  Milwaukee uses a moment of silent meditation.  In La Crosse, council meetings begin with a non-denominational invocation from a local religious leader.

The city clerk's office says all religious congregations are invited to present the invocation regardless of their affiliation. 

The Onalaska city council will consider the proposal at it's meeting on Tuesday, February 12th.

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