Hatch was only halfway through his text when his 90 seconds were up.
Council members sat in silence as Hatch read his letter. "If God didn't listen when they prayed in church, why would he listen here?
"We can't bring druids in and have a ceremony sacrificing a chicken," Van Wagoner said.
"We don't want to make it a circus sideshow." The case began in 1994 when Snyder sued the city of Murray after its officials refused to let him give a proposed prayer considered by city leaders to be disparaging and disrespectful.
And after a news article in the Ogden Standard Examiner dated January 13, 2005 concerning prayers in Syracuse, Clearfield, and Layton specifically mentioned Clearfield Officials claiming Utah Atheists would give the Invocation at the 25th meeting.
The attached article says: "Utah Atheists are currently scheduled to open the Clearfield council meeting on Jan.
A member of Utah Atheists exercised his legal right in replacing public prayer, reading from a prepared text to open the Syracuse council meeting Tuesday.
The disclosure came moments before the city's first council meeting of the year.
The meeting also marked the return to an opening ceremony, marked by an opening prayer by Councilman Ivan Anderson.
"Invocation" connotes a similar religious exercise (invoking god) as "prayer" that SOS case determined was religious worship.
It specifically directs what a person must do and atheists can't in good conscience pray or invoke supernatural spirits.