Right after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of sectarian prayers (both religious and non-religious) at government meetings in Greece v. Galloway, the Freedom From Religion Foundation decided to hold a contest for best secular invocation:
The individual judged to give the “best” secular invocation will be invited to open FFRF’s annual convention with the “invocation,” receiving an all-expenses-paid trip to our 37th annual convention at the Los Angeles Biltmore Oct. 24-25 and an honorarium of $500.
FFRF plans to make the contest an annual event until the Greece decision is overturned. All eligible secular invokers will receive a certificate suitable for framing, and FFRF will post the invocation on its website.
“We’d like to see secular citizens flood government meetings with secular invocations that illustrate why government prayers are unnecessary, ineffective, divisive, embarrassing and exclusionary of the 20-30 percent of the U.S. population today that identifies as nonreligious,” [FFRF co-President Annie Laurie] Gaylor said.
“Government officials need to get off their knees and get to work,” added Dan Barker, a former evangelical minister and author of “Godless,” who now co-directs FFRF. He has another suggestion: “Be a Paine in the government’s Mass.“
I’ve documented several of those secular invocations on this site, and now it’s time to vote for the best.
Here’s what you can do:
2) Vote on YouTube by giving your favorite video a thumbs up!
3) Or vote on Facebook by commenting on this thread with your favorite invocation deliverer.
4) Or vote via email by writing the name and entry number of your favorite invocation in the Subject Line of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Official rules right here, if you’re a fan of fine print.)
Voting closes on Thursday at noon (CT).
As always, if you or someone you know is delivering a godless invocation, please send me details!