wb-prayerSAGINAW, Mich. – An atheist activist group is demanding that officials in a Michigan city cease prayer during their council meetings out of its assertion that the practice is unconstitutional and alienates Godless residents. The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent a letter to Saginaw City Manager Tim Morales asserting that the city’s long-held practice of prayer is problematic. It stated that an anonymous resident complained about the prayers, thus prompting the letter. “Government prayers exclude a significant portion of Americans from the democratic process, are of dubious legality and are a repudiation of our secular history,” attorney Rebecca Markert wrote. “Prayer at government meetings is unnecessary, inappropriate and divisive. City council members are free to pray privately or to worship on their own time in their own way. They do not need to worship on taxpayers’ time.” She stated that city council prayers demonstrate the government promotion of religion, which she contended was unlawful. More