Layton officials anticipate they will soon hear from the same group.
Julian Hatch, of the Board of Utah Atheists, opened the Syracuse council meeting by reading from a two-page text.
Visitors arriving at the railroad depot were confronted by "foul-smelling dump heaps" across the tracks."We allowed them to make two statements," said Syracuse City Councilman Jon Jepperson. The other more pronounced statement was not to stand during the pledge of allegiance." Utah Atheists are currently scheduled to open the Clearfield council meeting on Jan. To allow Utah cities to continue opening council meetings with prayer, many city attorneys recommended communities have invocations or devotions on a volunteer basis.Layton Assistant City Attorney Steve Garside said that if public prayer is allowed by any religious denomination to be part of an opening ceremony, then cities need to afford the same opportunity to all groups.But Van Wagoner said Salt Lake City abandoned the practice when faced with a request from Snyder, who wanted to offer a statement asking "our Mother in heaven" to "prevent these self-righteous politicians from misusing the name of God in conducting government meetings." The Salt Lake County Council reinstates public prayer at government meetings after a ten year hiatus.American Atheists and Utah Atheists, though, aren't worried.Copeland was also President of the Ann Arbor School Board and on the Ann Arbor Parks Commission; he married and moved to New York in 1908, and was elected as U.