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Secular Invocation at the Iowa Senate

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Join us in support of Roxanne "Rocky" Gissler as she performs a secular humanist invocation in the Iowa Senate! Rocky is a Humanist Celebrant, past president of the Humanists of Linn County in Cedar Rapids, former coordinator of the Eastern Iowa Coalition of Reason and IAF contributing member. Her invitation to the Senate was provided by 33rd District Senator Rob Hogg.

The Iowa State Legislature continues the practice of prayer before the start of each daily session. However, the 2014 SCOTUS Greece vs Galloway decision allows for prayer provided it does not discriminate against minority faiths or does not coerce participation. Unfortunately, the vast majority of prayers are, in fact, Christian. Even the reserved parking spot is marked "Pastor of the Day"!

The invocation is scheduled for 1pm but be sure to arrive early to pass through security screening and to find your way to the gallery seating of the Senate chamber.

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