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SC county councilman's prayer sparks protest

Mar 21, 2010 2:15:00 PM - thestate.com
A South Carolina councilman's prayer to Jesus and against abortion and same-sex marriage to open a county council meeting last week has drawn at least one complaint, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Spartanburg County Councilman O'Neal Mintz, filling in for the council's usual chaplain, opened the March 15 meeting thanking God for "His Son, Jesus Christ" and saying that America's problems are attributable in part to abortion. He also said the U.S. needs prayer because of same-sex marriage.

The prayer got the attention of Spartanburg resident Mary Miles, who often observes council meetings for the League of Women Voters. Miles told the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg that she complained on her own behalf, no the league's.

"I was particularly concerned on Monday night, because not only was he putting forth a very sectarian prayer, obviously a Christian prayer, but he was also bringing up an issue that to my knowledge has never had to do with County Council - and that is abortion, and the right to choose," Miles said.

Spartanburg County Council Chairman Jeff Horton and Vice Chairman David Britt said Miles was the only person at Monday's meeting to complain about Mintz's prayer.

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