Atheist Leads Invocation at City Council Meeting - KTUL.com - Tulsa, Oklahoma - News, Weather & Sports

Atheist Leads Invocation at City Council Meeting

Posted: Updated:

The first clue that something different was about to take place was the discrepancy between the agendas. The hand out version read pledge of allegiance and prayer, but the over head used the word invocation instead.

"Leading us this evening in the pledge and invocation is Dan Nerren," Tulsa city councilor GT Bynum.

While leading the pledge, he stayed silent on the two words after one nation.

"One nation... indivisible with liberty and justice for all," said Nerren.

It was then time for the place where the prayer would normally go, prompting people to do what they would normally do, bow their heads and close their eyes.

"Rather than bowing our heads and closing our eyes in deference, we should open our eyes widely to face to reality that confront us," he said.

His central theme? Mostly an appeal to logic.

"Through the prudent use of reason and compassion we can ensure the success of this great city," he said.

In the audience, two members from Brookside Baptist Church.

"I was kind of hesitant on coming down here cause I wasn't for sure what he would say cause it's kind of a prayer and who are you praying to?," said Darren Anderson.

"We need not look above for answers, and instead recognize the proven potential within ourselves and each other to overcome any challenges we may face," said Nerren.

Leaving God out. A message that ironically fueled passions in the audience to bring Him back in.

"I know for myself, it's going to be even more important for me to go home and pray with my family tonight," said Paul Warren.

  • NewsMore>>

  • 3 Things to Know Wednesday

    3 Things to Know Wednesday

    Fire Displaces Multiple Families, Tulsa Man Wanted in Connection with March Homicide and 1996 Cold Case Search Continues.More >>
    Fire Displaces Multiple Families, Tulsa Man Wanted in Connection with March Homicide and 1996 Cold Case Search Continues.More >>
  • Multiple Families Displaced After Midtown Apartment Fire

    Multiple Families Displaced After Midtown Apartment Fire

    The Tulsa Fire Department said three families are displaced after a midtown apartment complex went up in flames.More >>
    The Tulsa Fire Department said three families are displaced after a midtown apartment complex went up in flames.More >>
  • Police Searching for March Homicide Suspect

    Police Searching for March Homicide Suspect

    Tulsa Police are asking for help finding a man they believe is connected to a midtown homicide that happened in early March.

    More >>
    Tulsa Police are asking for help finding a man they believe is connected to a midtown homicide that happened in early March.


    More >>
Powered by WorldNow

P.O. Box 8 Tulsa, OK 74101-0008

Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTUL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.