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Marshfield tradition sparks religious debate

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -- A religious prayer is said before city council meetings in Marshfield.

City and religious leaders say this practice has been going on for decades.

But, the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison found out about the prayer. The group sent a letter to the city of Marshfield asking them to stop.

Marshfield's religious leaders don't believe they're violating the law, because they include all religious traditions in the prayers.

The FFRF disagrees.

"That does violate parameters of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding government prayer. Our group doesn't think the government should have a prayer at all," Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-Founder Annie Laurie Gaylor said.

The opening prayer has had Christian, Jewish, Muslim and even Wiccan representation.

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