Atheists Fight to be Able to “Pray” at Town Council Meetings

Atheists spend so much time and energy trying to convince people that they’re not religious. They claim to abhor religion and want it completely eradicated.

So, part of their shtick is to file lawsuits to get nativity scenes dismantled or to get Ten Commandments displays taken down, on the basis that they represent violations of their sacred 1st Amendment rights. No government at any level is to have anything to do with any kind of religion, and particularly Christianity.

Never mind the fact that the 1st Amendment doesn’t have anything to do with that. It reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Having a nativity scene set up around Christmas time is not the same as Congress making a law respecting an establishment of a particular religion. Neither is putting up a display of the Ten Commandments.

But now, atheists are deciding that instead of trying to eradicate anything that smacks of evil religion, they’d like to participate as a “minority religion” themselves. It’s not fair that other religions get to offer prayers at town council meetings at the exclusion of atheists. They want to be able to “pray” at these meetings too.

One particular group in Florida, an affiliate with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, petitioned Brevard County, Florida to let atheists also offer the opening prayer at public meetings. According to The Blaze:

Following the Supreme Court’s recent Greece vs. Galloway decisionthat validates invocations at public meetings so long as citizens of all perspectives are invited to pray, David Williamson, leader of the Central Florida Freethought Community, wrote a letter to the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners asking if a member of his organization could “pray” at a future meeting.

“In the recent Supreme Court decision, Town of Greece v. Galloway, the Court emphasized that a government’s prayer practice must be ‘nondiscriminatory’ and it must make reasonable efforts to include invocations from all members of the community, regardless of their faith,” his note read in part. “Note that Humanism is recognized as a religion under the First Amendment in numerous cases and excluding a particular faith group from consideration is unconstitutional.”

But Mary Bolin Lewis, chair of the commission, reportedly said in a draft letter yet to be sent to Williamson that the atheist group, which is a chapterof the Freedom From Religion Foundation and an affiliate of the American Humanist Association, doesn’t qualify and can, instead, speak for three minutes during the public comment portion at the end of these meetings.

Lewis added that invocations are for members of the “faith community,”according to Florida Today.

“The prayer is delivered during the ceremonial portion of the county’s meeting, and typically invokes guidance for the County Commission from the highest spiritual authority, a higher authority which a substantial body of Brevard constituents believe to exist,” she wrote in a version of the letter postedhere. “The invocation is also meant to lend gravity to the occasion, to reflect values long part of the county’s heritage, and to acknowledge the place religion holds in the lives of many private citizens in Brevard County.”

Everyone knows that atheism is a religion, and that they use their religion as a shield for their bigotry. But until now, atheists have always lived in stiff-necked denial, telling themselves and others that they’re not religious, that they believe only in what they see, which made them so much better than everyone else. (Incidentally, blind atheists don’t believe in anything.) Now, they want to officially join the “faith community.” They want to offer their own “prayers” and be recognized as members of a “minority religion.” To whom do they pray I wonder? The spirit of Christopher Hitchens?