Atheist Group Wants Equal Time At Texas City Council Meeting

An atheist group wants equal time at the meeting of a suburban Texas city council, which begins with a religious invocation.


ROWLETT (July 3, 2014) The group Metroplex Atheists has given Rowlett city officials 10 business days in which to respond to a request that two of its members be added to the list of people authorized to give invocations before City Council meetings.

The group's president, Randy Word, says he'd rather the council’s meetings not begin with an invocation at all, but says if there's to be one, he wants his group eligible to deliver a secular message.

The town east of Dallas allows invocations from licensed clergy members from religious groups that meet inside the city.

City Attorney David Berman told The Dallas Morning News the city probably won't respond to the letter, and Mayor Todd Gottel says as long as he's in office, they'll pray.

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