The American Atheists complained, telling the Huntsville City Council that they must include absolutely everybody, even the non-religious, in order to comply with the inclusion rule. The Council agreed to invite Kelly McCauley, a member of the North Alabama Freethought Association. American Atheists called this “a small step in the right direction” and said it would make Huntsville truly inclusive. This is all so ridiculous that it’s laughable. Atheists exclude themselves from prayer by having no God to pray to. What does an atheist even say in a prayer? As the Supreme Court reminded us recently, legislative prayer is a longstanding tradition that reflects our nation’s values and heritage. A prayer from an atheist makes a mockery of that.
I don’t think the atheists who complained wanted to feel included or wanted to pray. Someone who doesn’t believe in a higher power sees no purpose in prayer. This was nothing more than grandstanding, because what they really can’t stand is to see Christians pray. I’ve always found it odd that people who claim they don’t believe in God find it so offensive that other people do. Do we really need to invite the adamantly non-religious to participate in religious activities? They’ve already chosen to exclude themselves from religion. It’s a bizarre definition of inclusion that demands the right to force themselves back in. I hope Christians will wake up and realize that our religious freedom is under attack in America.
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