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Words, but no prayer, at Greece Board Meeting next month
Greece, N.Y. - Dan Courtney said he was one of the first to sign up to offer an invocation when the Supreme Court upheld the right to offer prayer before Greece Town Board Meetings.
But at the next Greece Town Board meeting on July 15th, Courtney wont prayhe doesnt pray. Hes an atheist. He will use the the minute of time hes given to speak about the rights he and other non-believers have to be included in the process.
Courtney said he discovered at the age of 15 that religion made no sense to him and has not gone to church or prayed since.
Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich said the town is trying to be inclusive and even more open than the Supreme Court ruling offered when considering people to say a prayer or invocation before its meetings.
But Reilich admits he doesnt know what to expect when Courtney, an atheist gets up to speak.
Reilich said the town has turned away others because they wanted to make a mockery of this. One he said told the town he worshipped spaghetti. Another wanted to bring his own altar and do a live animal sacrifice before the meeting.
The supervisor said that kind of disrespect for the process will not be allowed.
The board has booked people to offer words at the rest of the meetings for this year. Reilich said other than filtering out people who appeared to be mocking the process, the other requests were not censored.
People can also sign up to offer a prayer or words for next years board meetings.