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Atheist Offering Invocation at Commission Meeting Met with Resistance, Prayer

 

Last updated 8/5/2020 at 5:05pm

Christians gather to pray to God while atheist offers invocation to open city commission meeting.

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...



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nand0s21 writes:

really bad take...A handful of self-professed atheists, none from Lake Wales, expressed their support for Ray. She said she had been encouraged to speak by someone in Lake Wales who belonged to her group. Is it really that hard to believe that there may be more non believers in lake wales with a population of 17k? I am an athiest who lives in lake wales, pay taxes here, kids go to school here... and while I do not know of ray nor am i part of their group I support her and I support a lake wales that is inclusive of everyone! The board, and the Mayor should be ashamed! Religion has no part in politics...

 
 
 

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