Atheist State Representative Juan Mendez's God-Free Invocation (Video)

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State Representative Juan Mendez
Democratic State Representative Juan Mendez's God-free invocation at the House Representatives yesterday, as first reported by New Times, is attracting nationwide attention.

If you want to see the video of Mendez's invocation, check it out after the jump:

See also:
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The invocation was somewhat of a coming-out for Mendez, who, along with members of the Secular Coalition for Arizona, pointed out a recent Pew Research Center study that found nearly one-in-five Americans is not affiliated with any religion.

"I hope today marks the beginning of a new era in which Arizona's non believers can feel as welcome and valued here as believers," Mendez later said.

Without a doubt, there are several, if not many, elected non-believers across the country, but Mendez may be the only one (so far) who has had the guts to say something about it.

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car_del99
car_del99

If " God " really existed,  99% of legislators and 99% of self called " Christians " would be in hell by now ....

Alyssa Vetter
Alyssa Vetter

We need lots and lots more like him! It adds the much needed balance in this religion crazed country!

sonojude
sonojude

Representative Mendez has my respect and admiration.

FPrefect
FPrefect

Juan Mendez is amazing.  He is at the forefront of a coming national conversation and history will treat him kindly for it.

sliperymike
sliperymike

in the masonic lodge in  Jerusalem ,they have the Koran and holy bible open on the alter,in a place where religion and politics have no business,but brotherly love and truth are welcome.

they invoke the blessings of god"the grand architect of the universe" 

much how our country is supposed to work and was set up by the same 230 years ago.

DirtyD217
DirtyD217

@sliperymike You do understand that masonic lodges don't require a specific religion but that you do believe in some form of "higher power" or god of some form. 

That leaves atheists out of freemasons 

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

@DirtyD217 @sliperymike  What if the 'higher power' is actually from within the individual and that person doesn't need someone else, or a text such as a bible, to tell that person how to interpret the thoughts and ideals of that intrinsic higher power? Is that person then allowed into the Masonic Lodge?

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

@DirtyD217 @sliperymike And is there any reason that that is incompatible with a belief in differential gene reproduction as a motivating force behind biological evolution?


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