Rapid City (South Dakota) Leaders Vote to Keep Religious Invocations at Meetings

I’ve spent a lot of time on this site talking about Rapid City, South Dakota, where the City Council begins meetings with an invocation delivered by a “local minister.“ FFRF has sent them warnings about it, but they haven’t stopped.

City Council member Bill Clayton (center)

Most recently, they told a college-aged church/state activist that he was “too young to have wisdom.”

Now, the Wise Men on the council have voted to keep their invocations, because, you know… tradition!

The Rapid City Council voted unanimously Monday night against establishing a policy that calls for prayer at its meetings.

“We’re not going to have a policy,” said Ward 3 Alderman Jerry Wright, who made the first motion to deny creating a policy. “We are simply going to follow tradition.”

Because if you do the wrong thing year after year, it suddenly becomes right.

The council members did vote on something else, though: They decided to consider offers from Christian legal groups willing to defend them in case of a lawsuit. (As if that alone didn’t point to the sectarian nature of these prayers.)

Readers in Rapid City, who the hell keeps voting in these “wise” council members who think the government should be an extension of the Christian church? Can someone with respect for the First Amendment run for office next time around?

(via Religion Clause)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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