The video below is enlightening to say the least. Mr. Torcivia explains a case that went to SCOTUS concerning the Town of Greece in New York. What is so interesting is that public perception is the city lost that case and that is not true. The Town of Greece won the case on a split 5-4 vote despite their invocations at city meetings being overwhelmingly given by Christians in the town.
Note that Mr. Torcivia talks about certain standards that can be applied to invocations which the insulting atheist, Preston "I'm an Atheist!" Smith, chose not to adhere to. Instead of explaining atheism's role in society, or more broadly, why it should serve a legitimate role in our country, he chose to demean people of faith.
|A side note: Is Preston "I'm an Atheist!" Smith a spokesman for the American Atheists?|
Lastly, I've written quite a lot about this subject and in case you're curious my personal opinion is invocations have no place in government meetings. Then-candidate Ryan Maier agreed with me and after he got elected to a Lake Worth city commission seat he changed his mind. Another example of how muddled things can be when you mix religion and government.