Atheists United San Luis Obispo, which challenged Pismo Beach’s now-defunct practice of starting City Council meetings with prayers that frequently used “explicitly Christian turns of phrase,” plans to participate in invocations in other cities.
The nonprofit organization announced in a news release that it plans to get on the regular rotation for city council invocations in Arroyo Grande and Paso Robles and will use the time “to advocate for using reason and science to solve problems and for secular values such as kindness and equality.”
“While we think that our city governments' time would be better spent governing and not praying, if a council insists on holding invocations, Atheists United will be there to ensure that the non-believers in our community are represented,” group President Steven Arkowitz said in the news release.
The group’s first invocation is scheduled for Tuesday night's Paso Robles City Council meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at 1000 Spring St.
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The lawsuit, filed by Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, a nonprofit, and a local member of Atheists United San Luis Obispo, maintained the city's unpaid chaplain illegally promoted Christianity during his invocations.
Atheists United San Luis Obispo has about 300 members, according to the news release. For more information, go to www.auslo.org.