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Coolidge City Council Abandons Christian-Only Prayer Proposal

Coolidge City Council
(Photo courtesy of Coolidge)
Coolidge City Council.

The city of Coolidge has dumped its controversial proposal to allow Christian-only prayer before city council meetings. City council members unanimously rejected the resolution Monday night. 

Vice Mayor Robert Hudelson had proposed the change earlier this month. 

“History will look back on us and say there was a city council that stood for Christ, and Christ alone. For that, we should never be ashamed," Hudelson said.       

The Coolidge City Council did approve prayer from any religious group before council meetings. Councilman Gilbert Lopez said abandoning the Christian-only proposal is best for the community. 

“Obviously, we’re made up of a lot of different faiths and people. I grew up here, and we’re an inclusive community,” Lopez said. “And I want to make sure we stay that way when we go forward.”      

According to the new resolution, the city council intends to adopt a future policy that will not show preference of one religion over another.


Katherine Fritcke Producer, Morning Edition Katherine Fritcke is the Morning Edition Producer for KJZZ. Fritcke was born and raised in Scottsdale. After deciding to leave the Arizona heat, she graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is a self-proclaimed public media junkie who can't get enough of programs like "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" and "Ask Me Another."