Louisiana city changes prayer breakfast (January 17, 2017)

The city of Zachary, La., has changed its rules to ensure that its annual “Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast” will no longer violate the First Amendment by receiving city endorsement.

The city’s website promoted the annual breakfast as a “Christian event,” which was held in a church. FFRF’s Legal Fellow Madeline Ziegler wrote to Mayor David Amrhein on Dec. 16, 2016, informing him that the event violated the Constitution.

Amrhein responded on Jan. 17 with a list of changes that the city would make in future prayer breakfasts to avoid city endorsement. Amrhein informed FFRF that the event would take place at a non-city facility, not use city resources or funds, not require mandatory attendance by city employees and not be mentioned on the city’s website.

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