An Atheist’s Invocation Request is Met With Cry of “Fake News” in FL

By Hemant Mehta

On Thursday, atheist Joseph Richardson spoke during a meeting of the Winter Garden City Commission in Florida as part of his effort to deliver a secular invocation.

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.)

In his brief address to the Commission, Richardson gave examples of recent secular invocations (or policy changes) that went off without a hitch, and the commissioners listened, but nothing happened.

The reason I mention this is because of what happened at the end of his speech:

In the last few seconds of that video, just after Richardson finishes his plea to include secular voices in the invocation rotation, a woman in the audience yells out “Fake news!”

No one on the commission reprimanded that woman.

No one even said anything against it. They just asked if anyone else wanted to make a public comment.

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