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ACLU observes as Lula mayor holds moment of silence instead of prayer
0224 2023 ACLU
Lula resident Matthew Sidoti holds a sign as others pray before a city meeting Monday, Feb. 20, 2023. - photo by Brian Wellmeier
A regular meeting in Lula became a symbolic showdown over religion and the First Amendment Monday, when about 30 people gathered around Mayor Joe Thomas outside City Hall, praying over him in unison.