Councilmember Peggy Eggleston said the prayer should represent all citizens.
“I still believe we should have a moment of silence or reflection, but council is based on a majority and I respect that,” she said. “It is not only a matter of separation of church and state but representing all the citizens of New Carlisle, not all citizens in New Carlisle are of the Christian faith.”
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Lowry said more significant things happened at the last meeting that were overshadowed by the prayer.
“Mr. Bridge, the city manager, made an amazing report that the city’s looking at $1.135 million in our general fund,” he said. “I think that should have overshadowed anything in that meeting, including religion. I’m not saying it’s not important to individuals, I’m sure it is, but that should have been the number one topic.”
Lowry added that the prayer didn’t get removed, it just became a moment of silence instead.
“The prayer didn’t get removed. A verbal prayer got taken away, but the prayer’s still there. You just aren’t going to be doing it verbally with all of council,” he said. “It just bothered me that the general fund announcement was overshadowed because that was such an accomplishment by so many of you.”