My Atheist “Prayer” Is Up for a National Award; Please Help It Win!

Back in May, I became the first citizen of Waterloo, Iowa to ever deliver a secular invocation to its City Council meeting. Think of it as a fancy way of saying an atheist “prayer”.

That’s me at the podium.

Hemant Mehta of the Friendly Atheist wrote about it and the Huffington Post did a pretty hilarious review of it as well with a story titled “An Atheist Gave A ‘Prayer’ at a City Council Meeting, And the World Didn’t Collapse”.

Well now this “prayer” that I gave is a finalist for a pretty major award from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. It is one of 12 finalists nationwide for the “Nothing Fails Like Prayer” Award.

As of this writing, I have EXACTLY 24 hours to collect as many votes as I can for it. Let me cut to the chase: I would really like to win this award!

But let’s face it, I need your help. I can’t win this on my own.

I have reached out to everyone that I know asking for their vote. I’ve used Facebook and Twitter to try to reach out to as many people as I can. With just a few hours left, I am all out of folks that I know personally so I am now trying to reach out to those of you in the world of Medium and the rest of the interwebs to try to do what I can to win this award.

You don’t have to be an atheist to vote for this award. You just have to appreciate what I tried accomplishing with my invocation and feel that it is the best of all of the finalists.

I’ll admit, most people don’t go to their extremes to win an award like this. But here’s the thing, I am very proud of my invocation and the effort it took in being able to deliver it. I’m very proud that I was able to represent the secular community of Eastern Iowa and I am also very grateful for the countless folks in my area and in the atheist community around the country that supported me before, during and after the invocation so I want to give them this award as well.

Please consider voting for my invocation HERE.

Thank you for your time and consideration. It’s greatly appreciated!

Justin Scott

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