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Atheist to deliver Greece invocation

Greece, N.Y. - Tuesday evening, the Greece Town Board meeting will begin a little differently than usual.

Dan Courtney, a local atheist, will recite a secular invocation before the meeting begins.

In 2008, two people sued the town over the prayers - which were often Christian - that were being said before each meeting. They argued that the practice was unconstitutional, saying that there should be a separation between church and state.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court ruled that the meetings could begin in prayer, but that leaders must allow people of all faiths to be included in an opening prayer or statement. 

Religious leaders called the Court's ruling a victory, saying that it was a win for religious liberty.

Courtney will have one minute to deliver his invocation. He said he plans on talking about his right to be included in the process.

Town leaders said that they are booked with speakers for the rest of the year.

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