“I like to give a neighboring city a little support. I think they are being bullied (Rapid City Common Council). If you sue one of us; you have to sue all of us ... Sitting up here, I can’t help but remind us that there is something more powerful than government.” --Meade County Commissioner Alan Aker
The commission voted 4-1 to start with prayers, over the protestations of some citizens. Commissioners, however, were confident the majority of Meade County residents would stand behind prayers.
Commissioners argued prayer was constitutional because the U.S. Congress opens in prayer and the president took the oath of office with his hand on not one, but two, Bibles.
Before the Freedom From Religion Foundation asked Rapid City to end prayers (twice), apparently the Meade County Commission didn't think praying was necessary. But now that Rapid City is being threatened, Meade County feels it necessary stand alongside it's neighbor to the south.