Like a Prayer: Atheists Protest Rowlett City Council Invocation

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ROWLETT, TX —  A lot of folks pray before meals, at bedtime and even at football games. Hey, a lot of folks in the NFL are doing a lot of praying these dsays.

In Rowlett, folks pray before city council meetings. Not that usual here in Texas, but one group says they’re being excluded from participating in the weekly invocations.

Rowlett city council members denied the Metroplex Atheists Group’s request.

Apparently, clergy from any house of worship is welcome to give invocation. The problem is the Atheists are well, not a religious organization.

“For us, it would be about just celebrating life. We need to achieve our goals together, as the human race, not just this religion or that religion, but all of us included.”

The group planned to protest Tuesday night, asking that they be added to the list of those who can give the invocation.

This is the latest local controversy over church and state that has caught the attention of the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation. Members filed a complaint asking Midlothian ISD to remove religious plaques from two public elementary schools.

Unhappy parents at the schools held prayer protests. And Monday night, the school board vowed it will fight to keep the plaques in place.

Well, heaven only knows when all this will be resolved. The devil is in the details.

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