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City stops prayers at mandatory holiday party (January 5, 2022)

The city of Port Aransas, Tex., has stopped having prayers during holiday parties.

FFRF was told that the city was holding mandatory holiday parties that all city employees were required to attend. At the events, David Parsons, the city manager, was leading employees in sectarian Christian prayers.

“Prayer and proselytizing as part of government-sponsored events is unnecessary, inappropriate, and divisive,” wrote FFRF Attorney Chris Line in a letter to Mayor Charles Bujan. The mayor was then asked to stop the prayer.

FFRF has since been informed that the prayers have ended.