A judge has ruled in favor of allowing sectarian prayer at Eureka City Council meetings. Judge Watson ruled against the A-C-L-U case, Carole Beaton vs the City of Eureka.
Beaton wanted to end any prayers before meetings… saying it violated three statutes in the constitution. Citing an established history since 1849 of religious invocations in the state and federal constitutions, Judge Watson refuted the notion that the framers of the constitution wanted to prohibit ceremonial prayers since they were included at the time the constitutions were established and have continued ever since.
Mayor Frank Jager says he is happy with the ruling and that the city welcomes everyone and doesn’t force people to participate in the invocation.