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Frederick Co. To Address Meeting Prayer

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The commissioners are scheduled to discuss the matter Thursday morning in Frederick.

County Attorney John Mathias has proposed eliminating language that states that only those of monotheistic religions can offer an opening invocation at public meetings. He says such a restriction would require the county to determine which religions are monotheistic.

The draft policy has been criticized by pagans and Wiccans for unfairly excluding them. Some call it a "Wiccan-proof" policy.

It's based on a policy in Chesterfield County, Va., that survived a federal court challenge by a Wiccan who wasn't allowed to participate in prayers in public meetings.

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