Many Speak in Favor of School Prayer at School Board Meeting

February 28, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On February 28, 2001, the St. Petersburg Times reported on "the Citrus County [Florida] School Board...hearing the public's opinion on two issues: opening board meetings with a prayer and allowing a Christian youth group to meet at a middle school during school hours... Both issues were raised by board member Carol Snyder." She said that opening meetings with an overtly Christian prayer "is improper in a diverse public school district and community." Most of those who spoke at the meeting "talked about the value of the fellowship and the saving power of Christ...One speaker brought petitions signed by 9,000 people expressing a vote of no-confidence in Snyder."