If you want to see ignorance at work, check out the conversation that took place between Tecumseh (Michigan) School Board members earlier this week when the idea of having religious prayers at meetings came up:
“You know when I was first on the board umpteen years ago we did have a clergy come in,” said [Board President Edward] Tritt. “I don’t know why we stopped. It would be a way — besides the concept of prayer — of including another part of our community. It doesn’t sound like a bad idea if there is an interest out there with the clergy to come in and do it.”
“You can make an argument for it that it’s part of our culture, that it’s part of what the United States has always been even though we came across here mostly as Christian and for partly we came over here because of wanting religious freedom,” said [Board Member Jim] Rice. “And even as an atheist you can still respect the concept that the whole is greater than the one. And if a prayer reflects that, I don’t see anything wrong with that.”
“That’s because you’re not an atheist,” said [Board Member Stanley] Ames.
Well, at least one of them gets it. No vote took place this week; they tabled the discussion to a future board meeting.
But since the board members cited Town of Greece v. Galloway, then they should realize that if they open the door to religious prayers at meetings, they must also allow atheists to deliver those invocations.
So here’s what needs to happen: Atheists who live in the area should contact the school board members — their email addresses can be found here — and express your interest in leading non-religious invocations as soon as the board approves them.
I’m sure they’ll love hearing from you.
If you do deliver an invocation, may I suggest encouraging the board members to get to work and do what’s in the best interest of students instead of waste time trying to please an imaginary friend?
(Thanks to @Anthony_Alaniz for the link)