Athena Salman, Atheist Legislator, On Secular Values And Godless Invocations

WASHINGTON (RNS) As member of the Arizona House of Representatives, Athena Salman took her turn recently and offered an invocation before the start of the day’s business.
This is the second time the Arizona House had a dust-up over a godless invocation.
In accepting your Visibility Award, you said you think you are the only openly atheist woman legislator at the state level.
But the first-term Democrat from Tempe, is an atheist and her invocation did not reference a higher power.
As a state representative, not only am I beholden to the Arizona state constitution, I am beholden to the U.S. Constitution and that is about upholding the values of a secular government.

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