Fairbanks borough leaders vote to keep prayer at meetings

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly will continue to allow prayer at the beginning of assembly meetings after voting down a measure to stop the invocation.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/2ohDfYw) the measure failed in a 4-5 vote Thursday and came after hours of public testimony and debate.

Three assembly members had introduced the proposal last month, saying it would make assembly meetings more inclusive and reflective of the community as a whole.

But some residents who spoke out said they believed in God and wanted to keep the opening prayer to possibly inspire those without religious beliefs.

The Fairbanks proposal follows changes to the Kenai Peninsula Borough's invocation policy, which came after a member of the Satanic Temple gave the invocation at an August meeting.

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