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Group Plans Vigil to Protest Prayer Decision

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Hartford officials now say they won’t include Muslim prayers before City Council meetings in September, after getting mostly negative feedback from the public.

The reversal has prompted the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Connecticut to plan a prayer vigil Monday night at City Hall in protest.

Some city councilors suggested including Islamic prayers in September along with convocations from representatives of other faiths.

City councilors had planned to go ahead with the Muslim prayers despite receiving a flood of negative e-mails. The Hartford Courant reported they decided Friday to hold an interfaith moment of silence instead.

The Islamic relations council is requesting that an imam be allowed to say a Muslim prayer at the City Council’s Sept. 27 meeting.

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