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First-ever secular invocation marks opening of
El Paso City Council meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014


Join Us for Justice, the El Paso Chapter of Americans United, offered a brief opening invocation at the El Paso City Council meeting  Tuesday, December 2. This marks the first time that a secular invocation has opened City Council, and the City of El Paso should be commended for taking this unprecedented step.

Text of invocation
 
“   Government must do its best to represent all Americans – Christian, Jewish, Muslim,Hindu, Buddhist, atheist and others.  El Paso officials are
to be commended for acknowledging this spirit of inclusion by welcoming a secular invocation. Other communities would be wise to follow this example.   ”
           ~  Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United

The piece below is from
El Diario El Paso - 11/19/2014

with thanks to the author

To find the original article, click here: diario.mx/El_Paso/2014-11-18_93f09f70/unansenos-por-la-justicia-

Join Us For Justice
By Cesar Rivera  [Cesar Rivera is a member of the Board of Directors of Join Us For Justice, with B.A. and M.A. degrees in Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies from UTEP and a law degree from UCLA. Apart from teaching philosophy at NMSU and EPCC, he has collaborated with Paso Del Norte Civil Rights Project.]

[Translated from the original Spanish]

"Respect for the rights of others is what constitutes peace."  -  Benito Juarez

Many residents of the US-Mexico borderland enjoy freedom of religion and conscience thanks to a dual heritage of struggle for a secular government.


In contrast to other countries, both Mexico and the U.S. have adopted a secular state model to guarantee that no one is subjected to persecution, exclusion, or repression due to their religious positions. That is, there is no official religion in either one of these countries, but separation of church and state.  On both sides of the border, people are free to adopt or not to adopt a religion to their private heart’s content, and no one may legally use the machinery of the state to impose their religious beliefs on others.


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