Atheist to Pray at City Council Meeting – Who Do They Pray To?

As I was perusing the news searching for topics to write about, a headline caught my immediate attention.  It reads, Atheist To Offer Prayer At Tulsa Council Meeting.  My first reaction was to ask, ‘Who do atheists pray to?’

According to the report, atheist Dan Nerren says, ‘his invocation will encourage council members to respect “the inherent dignity and worth of each person.”’

Atheist and anti-religion groups have been after the Tulsa city council, and many other cities as well, to stop prayers being offered at official city gatherings such as a city council meeting.  Rather than suspend prayer altogether, the Tulsa council offered the opportunity for an atheist to open one of their meetings with a prayer or invocation of their own.

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One group, the Northeast Oklahoma Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State said they thought the gesture was a move in the right direction and that it demonstrated a ‘willingness to accommodate diversity.’

But I have to ask again, who will Dan Nerren be praying to?

I looked up the work ‘prayer’ in several dictionaries and they all pretty much say the same thing.  Here is what says the word means:

“Prayer  noun

1.  a devout petition to God or an object of worship.

2.  a spiritual communion with God or an object of worship, as  in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration or confession.

3.  the act or practice of praying  to God or an object of worship.

4.  a formula or sequence of words used in or appointed for praying: the Lord’s Prayer.

5.  prayers, a religious observance, either public or private, consisting wholly or mainly of prayer.”

Next I looked up the word ‘atheist’ and here is what said:


a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings.”

So if prayer is defined as religious or spiritual communication with some sort of supreme being and atheists don’t believe in the existence of any supreme beings, then who or what do they pray to?  Just having an atheist offer up any kind of prayer is a complete contradiction.  If anything it borders on mockery and blasphemy.

Next they’ll be rolling out Muslim prayer rugs, passing out Hindu prayer wheels, and Voodoo dolls to other complainers.  This is just another example of how a small minority is being allowed to dictate to the majority and strip them of their rights

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