A Central Florida atheist organization has filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Lakeland over opening city commission meetings with prayer.
The lawsuit comes after the Atheists of Florida voiced specific outrage over the use of the name "Jesus Christ." An April 5 meeting became heated after a citizen got into a yelling match with the atheists, prompting commissioners to recess the meeting.
Courts have ruled invocations at meetings of government bodies are constitutional under some conditions. Lakeland’s policy has been ruled constitutional by the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which stipulated that governments must make a reasonable effort to incorporate all religious faiths.
But Atheists of Florida argues the city isn't following the court's guidelines.
"Lakeland clearly has Christian-based prayers. They've designated this city as a Christian city. They've totally excluded any other types of religious or nonreligious views," EllenBeth Wachs, director of its Lakeland chapter told TheLedger.com.
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It's disgusting how atheist morons are constantly trying to outlaw God and Christianity. It's time to wake up America! The war has started, and as followers of Christ, you need to act! And now! You must start voting for only Christian conservatives, and get everyone you know to do the same!
We need laws that make it a crime to try and criminalize Christianity. We can make that happen. We elect Christian conservatives then make them enact the laws!
Long Live Jesus! And the Christian faith!