Winter Garden (FL) Commissioners Refuse to Let Atheist Deliver Invocation

May 7, 2018

By Hemant Mehta

Atheist Joseph Richardson is still in the middle of a seemingly never-ending battle to deliver a secular invocation at a meeting of the Winter Garden City Commission in Florida.

He’s been trying to do this for years with no luck. (Another atheist delivered an invocation in Winter Garden once, in 2015, but the commissioner who invited him won’t invite Richardson for some reason.)

Richardson’s given the commissioners examples of recent secular invocations (or policy changes) that went off without a hitch, and they listened, but nothing happened.

When he made public comments about this in January, someone in the crowd shouted out “Fake news”… as if explaining how the constitution works was no longer legitimate. The commissioners said nothing to the heckler.

Richardson’s latest attempt to get the commission to change its ways involves an online petition, currently signed by 480 people. (When you include paper signatures, it’s over 1,000.)

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