Atheists Sue Pa. State Legislature For Right To Lead Opening Prayer


The suit, filed in federal district court in Harrisburg, says legislature officials have repeatedly denied their requests to offer an invocation before sessions. They further allege that state police officers have intimidated them into standing during prayers in the statehouse, which they contend is also discriminatory. The coalition is seeking the right to lead an opening prayer in the legislature.

  • I’m surprised it wasn’t the satanists.

    • Christmas is only a few months away.

      That’s the atheists busiest time of the year. All those pesky Christmas pageants.

      • Kathy Prendergast

        I live in an area with a large Filipino immigrant population, who are mostly Catholics, as well as a suprising number of Chinese and Korean Christians, as well as a lot of general heathens like me who just love to celebrate Christmas mostly as a cultural rather than religious festival. If atheists steal or deface any baby Jesus statues, manger scenes, or other Christmas decorations in my neighbourhood there will be hell to pay.

    • Blacksmith

      At least they have a religion, I don’t understand how you can pray without any religion.

      • tom_billesley

        I suppose you need a religion, but can you pray without a god (Bhuddism?)

        • Alain

          I think it depends on one’s meaning of prayer. Still even with all the various meanings, a true atheist would not pray. This is more like a child revolting against parental authority; in this case Christianity.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    That opening prayer is likely to be, “Thank God I’m an atheist.”

    • Blacksmith

      Thereby proving they are not really an atheist.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Atheists have a religion.
        It’s called Not.

        • Blacksmith

          “A person who believes that no god or gods exist.”
          I use this definition of atheist.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            But, they end up believing in something.
            An engineer I worked with was an atheist.
            And he was an ardent environmentalist.

          • Alain

            That was his religion.

  • Justin St.Denis

    This is solid proof that stupid cannot be fixed.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    An “atheist prayer” makes as much sense as “halal pork”.