NJ Mayor Boots ‘Godless Ceremony’ from Borough Hall After Prayer Banned at Event

By Boaz Wadel

A New Jersey mayor recently told the federal government to host their naturalization ceremony elsewhere after they prohibited prayer from being presented at the event.

Mayor Daniel Reiman of Carteret was contacted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office late last year as they inquired if they could host a naturalization ceremony at the borough hall. Reiman told officials that he was honored by the proposal, and the groups moved forward with event plans.

However, earlier this week, a day after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of invocations at government meetings, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office again contacted Reiman, this time asking him to remove prayer from the program. He refused.

"I wasn't going to budge," Reiman told the Star-Ledger. "It's certainly part of the fabric of our community."

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