They usually start city council meetings in Grand Junction, Colorado with Christian prayers.
That’s not just “bothersome,” as one news article notes. It’s illegal and it needs to stop.
At least the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers are trying to get their message included in the mix. They’ll get a chance to speak before the January 3rd meeting.
“They offend some people because for decades, they’ve been primarily Christian based prayers mostly mentioning the name of Jesus Christ. And if you don’t happen to be Christian, you are essentially forced intro a prayer session against your will, even though you’re there to get a sewer permit or whatever,” Anne Landman, with Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers said.
This is a perfect example of when Interfaith practices go wrong.
It’s not good enough for city councils to allow people of any faith (and no faith) to give invocations. They need to stop doing them, period. I’m glad atheists sometimes get thrown into the shuffle but I’d much rather see lawsuits thrown at the city councils. They’re more effective and they get right to the heart of the problem.
I also have yet to hear about a city council that does an “all-inclusive” invocation where non-Christians speak just as often as the Christian ones. It always seems to be Christian, Christian, Christian, okay-we’ll-throw-a-bone-your-way-for-a-week, Christian, Christian, Christian.