Atheist Offering Invocation at Commission Meeting Met with Resistance, Prayer
Last updated 8/5/2020 at 5:05pm
About 30 people stood outside the Lake Wales city administration building praying to God while Sarah Ray of the Atheist Community of Polk County gave the invocation at the city commission meeting Aug. 4. Others filled some of the available seats inside the commission chamber or in the lobby and break room and some people indicated they were praying from home.
City commissioners Al Goldstein and Curtis Gibson exited the room during Ray's comments and returned for the Pledge of Allegiance. Goldstein said invocations by nature are to God or some higher authority, so he considered Ray's remark...