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View Diary: Atheist State Rep Opens Arizona House Session with Godless Invocation. Not Yet Smited. (120 comments)

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  •  prayer and toastmasters - bad mix (12+ / 0-)

    Unfortunately some clubs are organized by and/or meet at churches - hence the prayer. Some clubs also insist on the Pledge of Allegiance as well.

    I refuse to participate in either. Toastmasters is an international organization that welcomes people of all nationalities and religions - so these rituals have no place in a truly inclusive meeting.

    At a District conference a few years ago the meetings were opened by a very Christian ("thru Jesus Christ" etc) invocation. I spoke to the organizers about my concerns afterwards, so they said, "OK - next conference, YOU do the invocation." And I did - something similar in tone to Mr. Mendez's.  

    No smiting.

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