Knox Commissioners Approve Written Prayer Policy

Knox County commissioners on Monday approved a written policy for how prayers are conducted in its public meetings. Commissioners voted 10-1 for the policy, which solidifies a long-standing practice to hold a brief prayer before the start of commission meetings. "You don't have to pray to our God if you don't [want] to, but this [is] our choice, and I'll defend that to my dying day," Commissioner Mike Brown said during the discussion. The policy has drawn criticism from groups like the Knoxville Jewish Alliance, which sent a letter to commissioners. "We're not trying to quash prayer in public," said Jeff Gubitz, with the alliance. "We just think prayer is personal and need not to be invoked to in order to bring decisions in government." WATE reports