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Buchanan mayor responds to criticism of prayer at annual carnival

Published On: Aug 27 2013 04:48:51 PM EDT

An update about the Botetourt County carnival criticized for starting its festivities with prayer.

The town of Buchanan received a letter from the Freedom from Religion Foundation saying prayer at the carnival was a violation of separation between church and state.

The mayor says while the town co-sponsors the event, it doesn't have anything to do with the prayer.

In a letter to the organization, the mayor writes: The Buchanan Community Carnival Committee made up of community volunteers.. and I will meet before next year's carnival and may need to restructure the opening ceremony.