I posted the other day about how the Pompano Beach City Commission in Florida created a policy specifically designed to prevent Satanists, atheists, Wiccans, and other less-represented community members from delivering invocations at their meetings. They did it by requiring all potential speakers to be part of a religious organization that’s listed in the Yellow Pages or a legal non-profit.
Yesterday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation warned them about the illegality of what they’re doing:
“This resolution flies in the face of the Supreme Court decision that allows these invocations in the first place,” said FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel in a letter sent today. He noted that in that case, Greece v. Galloway, the court took note that the town of Greece “at no point excluded or denied an opportunity to a would-be prayer giver,” and that its leaders maintained that anyone, “including an atheist,” could give an invocation.
Under this case, Pompano Beach’s policy is “blatantly discriminatory,” charged Seidel.
Keep in mind that Brevard County, also in Florida, is already being sued for preventing atheists from delivering invocations.
I have no clue why the commissioners in Pompano Beach would rather pay legal fees in a losing lawsuit than just make the invocations open to anyone who wants to deliver them. Or, you know, they could stop the invocations altogether and just pray privately all they want.
Jesus is clouding their judgment.
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