Citadel drops prayer

(Charleston-AP) -- The Citadel has dropped mealtime prayers after a federal appeals court decision this week involving the Virginia Military Institute. On Wednesday, the Fourth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals refused with a six-to-six vote to reconsider a ruling that declared group prayer at V-M-I unconstitutional. While the prayers were nondenominational, the court said the practice violated separation of church and state. Until this week, a prayer was said aloud at the start of all three meals at the Citadel. The prayers were delivered by cadets who volunteered to lead the blessing while members of the assembled corps bowed their heads. But the Citadel decided to drop prayers rather than risk a court challenge. Citadel President Major General John Grinalds says the Citadel adapted to what apparently is the new law of the land.

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