A theological debate unfolded for an hour and half at Pensacola City Hall Thursday night. By the end of it, tempers ran high but nothing had changed. Some wondered what the point had been. Ideas about religious discrimination, the separation of church and state and the convictions of evangelical Christians swirled and clashed as speaker after speaker took to the lectern in front of the Pensacola City Council.

People spoke in tongues, accused others of representing ISIS and even hailed Satan. The gathering was no seance or revival, but a special City Council meeting to discuss whether the council should begin its meetings with an invocation. It’s long been the practice of the council and other local governmental bodies to begin meetings with prayer. READ MORE