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During the Tuesday, Dec. 10, Sedona City Council meeting — which at times became somewhat heated — an ordinance was passed 3-2 to allow a 30-second moment of silence near the beginning of every council meeting.

Councilwomen Barbara Litrell and Jessica Williamson voted against it. Mayor Rob Adams was ill and not in attendance while Councilman Mike Ward recused himself from the item, stating that he didn’t feel the council should be debating national topics — in this case, separation of church and state.

Councilman Dan McIlroy was the one who introduced the resolution and said he did so after reading a newspaper article stating that of the 91 cities in Arizona, 32 offer a prayer or a moment of silence prior to the start of council meetings. Originally, his intention was that either would be offered following the Pledge of Allegiance at each City Council meeting. But after hearing about a Supreme Court case involving a New York town, he modified the ordinance to offer just a moment of silence.

For the full story, see the Friday, Dec. 13, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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  • John B.

    Your stupidity makes me laugh and it is very much appreciated.
    And now with that being said, can we get a moment of silence...lol.

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