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Commissioners create new prayer policy for meetings
by Adam Lawson
Duston Barto started Monday night's Board of Commissioners session by becoming the first person to deliver a Muslim invocation at a Lincoln County government meeting.
By the end of the night, commissioners passed a motion that likely ensures he'll be the last person to open their meetings with worship. After chastising Board of Commissioners Chairman Carrol Mitchem for walking out of the chamber prior to Barto's speech, Commissioner Alex Patton motioned to scrap the county's barely two-month-old all-inclusive invocation policy for a moment of silence.
The motion was unanticipated, occurring at the very end of the meeting, and no public comment was allowed. Only Mitchem voted in opposition.
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