Nonbelievers ask Sedgwick County to drop meeting prayers after ‘go to hell’ comment




A group of nonbelievers is asking the Sedgwick County Commission to either drop its weekly religious invocation entirely or replace it with a moment of silent reflection, a week after a commissioner said in a public meeting that atheists could “go to hell.”

Peggy Knudtson, a leader of the group Oasis, said she appreciated Commissioner David Unruh’s apology at last week’s commission meeting for a comment made a day earlier at the county staff meeting.

But she said she still found it concerning that Unruh characterized those seeking a secular invocation as trying to convince people not to believe in God.

“It logically follows that Commissioner Unruh’s belief is that the purpose of the invocation is to proselytize,” she said. “This should not be tolerated in any invocation given at these meetings.

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