Secular Invocations Will Be Included in 2015


(Chico, California, August 27, 2014)

After more than a year of discussions and email exchanges, the Atheists of Butte County have been included in the Chico, California city council invocation schedule for 2015.

George Gold, President of the Atheists of Butte County and the Coordinator of the Butte County Coalition of Reason, has been invited to deliver an Invocation at the City Council meeting of January 6, 2015.

In the US Supreme Court ruling in Greece v. Galloway (2014) it became clear that the Court doesn’t share the view that the introduction of religion at the beginning of a government proceeding violates the first amendment. But the Court did specifically mention that no preference may be applied to the people who deliver the invocation; Atheists must be included.

“Over the last year we have been petitioning the Mayor of Chico to be included in the invocation rotation. On August 26, 2014, we received the official invocation schedule for 2015, and we have been invited to deliver an invocation on three occasions throughout the year,” said Gold. ”Our invocations will be secular.”

The Butte County Coalition of Reason ( serves as a resource for the public and offers a means for combining the voices of those who hold to a secular, pro-science outlook. It is made up of Atheists of Butte County, Chico Skeptics, the Chico State Secular Student Alliance and the Chico Freethinkers, Agnostics, Nonbelievers & Skeptics.

The United Coalition of Reason ( exists to raise the visibility and sense of unity among local groups in the community of reason by providing funding and expertise to help them cooperate toward the goal of raising their public visibility.

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Atheists of Butte County has a presence on the Coalition of Reason web site where they can be easily contacted. ABC exists to provide atheists, freethinkers, humanists, rationalists and skeptics with meaningful social, educational, voluntary and advocacy activities.

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For more information contact:

George Gold
President, Atheists of Butte County
Coordinator, Butte County Coalition of Reason

[email protected]

UnitedCoR’s Executive Director
National Coordinator
United Coalition of Reason
202-238-9088 ext. 117

[email protected]