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“Our Father Who Art in Heaven ” is now against the law in Parkersburg, West Virginia.
“I’m disappointed,” Mayor Tom Joyce told the Metro News. “The city council has been saying the Lord’s Prayer before city council meetings for 40 years. I think it’s another example of people getting their feelings hurt by words.”
Federal Judge John Copenhaver, Jr. issued a 30-page decision banning the city council from reciting The Lord’s Prayer at meetings.
The judge says the prayers identified the government with a single-preferred religious sect.
The ruling ends a court battle that started in 2018 when the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit.
They contend God has no place in the public square.
The atheist group celebrated the judge’s ruling — arguing that the nation is plagued by Christian nationalism, The Marietta Times reports.
“The government shouldn’t be in the business of composing or adopting official prayers, as the court has affirmed,” said FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “Those prayers turned non-believers into outsiders, now at 29 percent of the population, and non-Christians in general, about 35 percent overall, which is a lot of citizens to exclude.”
The leader of the godless atheists managed to squeeze in one more insult directed at the Christians.
“We’re delighted that reason has prevailed, and that our secular Constitution ‘will be done,'” she sneered.
It’s still not clear who — if anyone — in the local community complained. The Wisconsin-based atheists base an overwhelming number of their cases on “anonymous citizens.”
“If they were truly offended by the Lord’s Prayer, then they could simply not enter the room or not participate. But unfortunately we live in a society where it’s easy to sue,” the mayor told the newspaper.
About that religious sect the judge mentioned. It’s called the Christian faith. And here’s another irrefutable truth that is sure to trigger the atheists – our Founding Fathers meant for the United States to be a Christian nation. One nation under God.