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Supreme Court to rule on prayer at public meetings

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

The Supreme Court agreed to consider whether public meetings can be opened with prayer.

The case comes after two residents in Greece, New York, sued the city in 2008, saying prayers in open meetings were violating the separation of church and state.

It's a practice that is legal in a public meeting, but can't favor a certain religion. And It's been an ongoing debate right here in the east.

In February, the Madison, Wisconsin-based group "Freedom From Religion Foundation" sent Greenville Mayor, Allen Thomas, a letter saying prayers in city council meetings were unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court will hear the case in its next term, which starts this fall. A decision is expected by June of next year.

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