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Society protests Day of Prayer
Objects to event on city property

by Jonathan Copsey

May 14, 2013

Members of the Atlanta Freethought Society protested the National Day of Prayer event May 2 at Roswell City Hall. The peaceful, quiet protest objected to the perceived blurring of church and state divisions. Jonathan Copsey.
NORTH FULTON, Ga. In the shadow of the National Day of Prayer ceremony May 2 in Roswell, protestors picketed the presence of the ceremony at Roswell's City Hall.

Held by the Atlanta Freethought Society, the protest featured people with placards reading "hypocrites," and "keep separate church and state."

"We are not protesting against people having a prayer service," said Ed Buckner, chair of the AFS activity taskforce.

Instead, he said they were protesting the fact the service is on city property, giving it the illusion of being city-sponsored. Buckner quoted Bible verse Matthew 6:5, which praises prayer in private over public displays.

"We don't want to stop people praying," Buckner said, "but why do it on city property?"

The National Day of Prayer is a national holiday dedicated to prayer for the country, intended to be all-inclusive, no matter the religion.

The AFS used to have offices in Roswell.