Prayer axed from Indian Trail meeting, mayor questions "faith" of prayer

Indian Trail Town Council voted 3-1 to remove an agenda item that would consider to "establish the policy and practice to have a secular prayer to open each Indian Trail Council Meeting."

The agenda item was brought up by council member Gordon Daniels, who is currently running for the N.C. House of Representatives.

The timing of the request for prayer is drawing criticism from some of his peers.

"He's had two years to put this on the agenda if he felt strongly about it but he waits until he's running for the [N.C. House of Representatives] to put such an item on the agenda," Mayor Michael Alvarez said. "...God is not a political agenda."

Daniels said the idea for the secular prayer came after the Orlando shootings and other acts of violence across the globe, in a sense to help unite his community.

"Shame on anybody who puts their personal agenda of any kind before their needs of the people," Daniels said. "And for anybody to accuse someone of that, shame on them also."

There's no word on whether or not the prayer will be put back on an agenda at an upcoming meeting.


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