Calling it a “big win for Phoenix,” City Councilman Sal DiCiccio applauded the approval of public prayer at City Council meetings on Wednesday. The Council approved Councilman Jim Waring’s motion that the Council accept a petition from two residents calling for the invocation to be reinstated and an amendment requiring that the prayer be given by the City’s police or fire chaplains.
“It has been a tough fight to keep prayer at our meetings, and I am happy for all of our community,” said DiCiccio in a statement released after the vote. “The Phoenix City Council reversed the Phoenix Mayor and City Council’s previous decision to ban a 65-year tradition of prayer at our council meetings without notice to the public.”
“We did not let this issue go away because some politicians wanted it to go away,” said DiCiccio. “I want to thank Councilmembers Waring, Nowakowski and Gates and our faith community for their pressure on the politicians to reverse this decision.”
The issue will now have to be voted on as an ordinance at the March 23 council meeting.