November 28, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A coalition of multi-faith religious leaders is asking Reno Mayor Bob Cashell to resume the practice of opening city council meetings with a prayer, which has been replaced in recent years with a moment of silence.
Universal Society of Hinduism President Rajan Zed and a dozen other leaders of different faiths told Cashell at city hall on Tuesday that invocations are standard practice at many councils across Nevada, including Las Vegas, Sparks and Carson City.
They say by offering prayers that don't speak to a specific religion, they can satisfy the constitutional separation of church and state. Cashell says he has an open mind about the matter and will ask the council to put it on an upcoming agenda.
Opponents say freedom of religion also means freedom from religion.