Friday, September 26, 2014

Eureka Will Cease Prayer Breakfasts, Pay For Lawsuit

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 12:03 PM

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Eureka will discontinue prayer breakfasts as part of a settlement stemming from a 2013 lawsuit seeking the separation of church and local government.

The Times-Standard reports that, in addition to no longer sponsoring or endorsing the prayer breakfasts (which Mayor Frank Jager conducted specifically in his capacity as mayor), the city will pay $16,500 to cover legal costs incurred during the lawsuit. 

When the lawsuit was filed, Jager told the Journal, "If they want to sue us, fine, we'll take them on." 

Commenting on the settlement, Jager told the Times-Standard he would have preferred the city go to court over the lawsuit, but that "the council wanted to get it over with and not have this thing drag on."

The lawsuit also sought to stop invocations before city council meetings (a practice that has been ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court) but was denied by a local judge. Attorney Peter Martin, who brought the lawsuit, says he will appeal that decision.
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