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Keep church and state separate [Letter]

The self-indulgent attitudes of the Carroll County Commissioners regarding public prayers at the start of their meetings are embarrassing and make no sense ("Carroll commissioners resume practice of sectarian Christian prayer," May 13).

The commissioners' assertion that religious prayer be an integral part of official government business is misguided. In this country we have freedom from religion as well as freedom of religion.

The Carroll County Commissioners must fully appreciate the importance of providing an atmosphere that is entirely comfortable for those who prefer to see and hear the people's business conducted without the interweaving of a tapestry of worship.

Richard Schoen

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