Md. county official plans prayer sessions

May 12, 2012 at 1:26 AM

WESTMINSTER, Md., May 12 (UPI) -- A local official in Maryland has invited government employees to attend monthly "times for prayer" that she plans to lead.

Robin Bartlett Frazier is a commissioner in Carroll County, west of Baltimore and just south of Maryland's border with Pennsylvania. She sent e-mails May 3 announcing the prayer sessions, with the first scheduled for June 7 in the basement of the county office building in Westminster, The Baltimore Sun reported.

A number of people questioned Frazier's invitations, including Bonnie Grady, a former president of the county Chamber of Commerce.

"I want to be very clear: I don't have a problem with anyone praying, anytime, anywhere," she said. "In fact, in my own faith, I'm taught to pray without ceasing.

"What I do question here is Commissioner Frazier using county staff, county time, county resources, including the government e-mail system, and especially the County Office Building, for this purpose."

The commissioners, all Republican, have scheduled a discussion of Frazier's plans for next week.

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