Pearland ISD votes to open meeting without prayer

Trustees vote to begin meetings with remarks, not opening prayer
Compromise means members will decide what to say in statements

— Houston Chronicle2

School trustees defused what had become a thorny issue over the
long-followed tradition of opening board meetings with a prayer by
adopting a plan to have members take turns starting meetings with
opening remarks.

Each board member will decide what to include in the remarks,
according to the policy unanimously approved Tuesday. They can include
“inspirational remarks, a moment of silence or an nonproselytizing

More than a hundred people attended the meeting, most in favor of
keeping the opening prayer. Two weeks ago more than 200 attended a
meeting when word got around the community that trustee Suzy Roberts
had asked other members to consider doing away with the prayer.

Roberts said she feared the school district was liable to have to
defend itself against a lawsuit involving the opening prayer. She also
said that Pear- land had many people who are offended by the opening
prayer. “We have an Islamic center and a very large Hindu temple,” she
said before the earlier meeting.


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