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A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling raises some questions in Amarillo

Amarillo, TX - The history of praying before government meetings started in the 1700's. 

West Texas A&M University political science professor, Dr. Jim Calvi says shortly after Congress approved The Bill of Rights, they started using praying at the opening of each session. 

And as our nation continues to grow in diversity, it has continued to be accepted. 

"This is just part of our tradition. We are primarily a Christian nation and even though we accept the diversity," said Calvi. 

Which is something our own local government agrees with. 

City Mayor Paul Harpole says it is very helpful. 

"We will continue to do that and I think it's important," said Harpole. 

But this can raise some concerns.

"We have to be careful about that fine line, you don't want to cross that fine line," said Calvi. 

But over time, there have been issues. So, what is considered crossing the line? 

"Promoting a particular religion over other religion. Another forbidden practice would be to denigrate another religion," said Calvi. 

And there are some who think it's not okay. 

NewsChannel 10 found several people who say praying before city council meetings is not right. 

"We really try to include everyone," said Harpole. 

And although many people in Amarillo say it's not a problem, there are those who think it should stop. 

"I don't see that happening any time soon," said Calvi. 
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