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Atheists Dismantle Longstanding Prayer Tradition, Reportedly Convince School Board to Remove 'Offensive' Invocations Before Meetings

Billy Hallowell : Sep 20, 2023  Faithwire.com

"At the Constitutional Convention in 1787, they reached an impasse. Benjamin Franklin stood and said, 'Gentleman, I'm a very old man, but I have lived long enough to know that, if a sparrow cannot fall without God knowing it, then a republic cannot rise without His assistance...'" -US Senate Chaplain Barry Black

[Faithwire.com] A Connecticut school board has reportedly axed prayers before board meetings following a complaint from a "concerned community member" and an atheist organization. (Image: Pixabay)

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an atheist activist group, contacted the Enfield School District to complain about the prayers purportedly routinely unfolding before meetings, CT Insider reported.

Enfield's Board of Education is said to have halted the prayer practice earlier this year.

The FFRF released an Aug. 31 statement claiming the organization was able to get prayer "removed" from the board meetings, calling the practice of board members invoking God at these gatherings "offensive."

"The Enfield Public Schools system has removed the offensive practice of opening its board meetings with a prayer after the Freedom From Religion Foundation objected," the statement opened.

The FFRF announcement then shared one of the prayers purportedly uttered by board member Jean Acree. It read:

Heavenly Father, we askYouto bless us with your presence at this meeting tonight. Bless all who are in attendance. Please, Lord, open the hearts and minds of this board as we listen to our presenters and our audience in attendance so that we will make sound decisions on the issues that are of great concern. I also pray for what is best for all of our Enfield children. In Jesus' name, Amen... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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