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The Wheeling City Council in West Virginia has decided to appease a bunch of out-of-town atheists by replacing its traditional prayer with a secular prayer – meaning town leaders will be praying to Lord-knows-what.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based group of atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers, accused the council of excluding the non-religious by offering prayers to the Almighty.
“Prayer at government meetings is unnecessary, inappropriate and divisive and the best solution is to discontinue invocations altogether,” Brendan Johnson wrote to the town’s mayor. “Council members are, of course, free to pray privately or to worship on their own time in their own way, but they should not worship on taxpayers’ time. The prayers exclude the 26 percent of Americans who are not religious.”
In response, the city decided to eliminate the prayer to God and instead offer a “secular prayer.” Lord only knows what that means.
“We still want to have some form of reflection, but not run afoul of any First Amendment case law,” Mayor Glenn Elliott told The Intelligencer. “From what I understand, the letter is based on some pretty solid case law, … and I think we’ve been very careful, going forward and (Tuesday), that what we’re doing will not promote any particular religion, and be respectful to believers and non-believers alike.”