SD joins brief to support discretion on Legislative Prayers

By Bridget Bennett, KSFY News | SD Attorney General Marty Jackley announced South Dakota has joined 23 other states on a federal brief involving prayer during a legislative session.

This May the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that will determine whether the U.S. constitution allows for prayer during legislative sessions, and if so, to what extent it's allowed.

Siouxland Freethinkers, a group of atheists, agnostics and skeptics in Sioux Falls, say they would also be OK with the tradition of a prayer as long as it doesn't force them to accept any kind of religion.

"I know there are some councils that do just a moment of silence at the beginning of session, and that's a nice time that everyone can use for their own purposes, if people want to pray they could pray, if people want to meditate, they could meditate, if people want to just have a moment to sit there before a meeting, " said Siouxland Freethinkers president Amanda Novotny. (View Full Article)