Point Pleasant Beach reaches agreement over Lord's Prayer

POINT PLEASANT BEACH - (AP) - For now, a moment of silence willreplace the Lord's Prayer at the start of council meetings in aJersey shore town.

Lawyers for Point Pleasant Beach and the American CivilLiberties Union of New Jersey reached the temporary agreement onThursday. However, the agreement does not end the ACLU's lawsuitseeking to stop the prayer.

Officials must abandon the moment of silence if the publicattempts to say the Lord's Prayer at the meetings.

A small group of parishioners from St. Peter's Roman CatholicChurch and others recited the Lord's Prayer when the council trieda moment of silence on Tuesday.

The Rev. Paul Varga tells the Asbury Park Press the decision topray was spontaneous and there was no intention to protest thecouncil's action.

Prayer said at town council meeting despite lawsuit

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