California City Under Fire From Atheists for Allowing Prayers Before Council Meetings

(Psalms 14:1) The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.


Two secularist organizations are working together to end legislative prayer before city council meetings in a northern California municipality. For years, Chico city council members have invited local religious leaders from various faiths to lead invocations prior to official city council gatherings. For instance, the agenda for an upcoming meeting this week shows that the pastor of Matthew’s Café Community Church will be giving a prayer prior to the Pledge of Allegiance. However, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)—a Wisconsin-based, church-state separatist group—and the Butte County Coalition of Reason (BCCR)—a local atheist organization—are pushing to have the prayer tradition stopped. After learning of the regular invocations, an FFRF attorney sent a letter on June 27th to the Chico mayor, asserting that the prayers “are a repudiation of our secular history,” and that the “best solution is for the Council to drop these prayers altogether.” “The solution is simple: discontinue official, government prayers…

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