City of Rowlett denying atheists chance to give invocation.

After the SCOTUS ruled in Town of Greece v. Galloway that invocations before government meetings were constitutional provided they don’t discriminate, the Freedom From Religion Foundation announced an award for which atheist signed up and gave the best one.  The Metroplex Atheists in Texas signed up to give a secular invocation in the city of Rowlett, Texas.  Strange thing though; when non-Christians signed up to give an invocation they were told they couldn’t.  In the legal world that’s what is called giving the atheist standing for a lawsuit.  Thanks Rowlett!

So the FFRF has sent Rowlett a letter saying, and I’m paraphrasing here, “Look, just don’t break the law, don’t discriminate, and you’ll have no problems.  We’ll leave you alone.  But if you push us we’ll give you a war you won’t believe.”  The city appears to want the fight with even the mayor himself giving the most unaware rationale imaginable:

City Council members have so far declined to respond to the letter, and Mayor Gottel and the City Council are maintaining their position. “If I felt like there would be something reasonable, I would be willing to discuss this,” said Gottel. “But when you entertain the idea of a ‘spaghetti god’, it’s hard to take them seriously.”

Yes, we’re afraid a spaghetti god is just too ridiculous to be taken seriously.  Come back when you believe a man walked on water and rose from the dead to unmake the mischief of a talking snake.

Fuck ’em up, FFRF.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.