Group Asks for Diversity in Council Prayers

May 30, 2008

Author: Emily Anderson

Source: Grand Junction Free Press

A local atheist group wants more religious diversity in the prayers said before Grand Junction City Council meetings.

Members of the Western Colorado Atheists and Free Thinkers group met with Grand Junction City Manager Laurie Kadrich and City Attorney John Shaver Wednesday. Anne Landman, a WCAFT member who attended the meeting, said the group doesn’t want to sue the City Council or get them to stop having prayer invocations to begin meetings.

“We don’t dispute their right to have an invocation ... they have a right to do that,” Landman said. “What we are concerned about is what is said in the prayers and the lack of diversity in their prayers.

“There are a lot of faiths that are completely unrepresented,” she said.