RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (KOVR/CNN) - The city council meeting Monday opened with a prayer by an agnostic.
This as the city works to ensure people of all faiths - and lack of faith - are treated fairly.
"God? I'm not sure if you're there.You're an agenda item on a government meeting. I'm not sure that's what you had in mind for prayer, God," Steve Vincent said.
He gave the prayer, even though he said he's not sure if there is a god, after he said he was shocked to find out every city council meeting begins with one. A community-sponsored Day of Prayer earlier this year motivated him even more.
"I know you want us to do what's right and to treat our neighbors with respect, so I have to wonder if our nonbelieving neighbors are being respected if we pray here," he said.
Vincent said to prepare, he became a legally ordained minister online as a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
"That took five seconds. It's free and anybody can do it," he said. He used his invocation to protest what he sees as city-sanctioned prayer.
A state law allows them to pray as long no one refers to specific faiths. "We invite everybody of all faiths to come and participate with us," Mayor Linda Budge said. "We will be civil to him, and we expect him to be civil to us."
Vincent had his supporters, and he sees this as just a start.
"Let's get Scientologists and Wiccans and everybody to come pray, the more the merrier," he said.
Vincent admits he doesn't believe what he did will ever eliminate the prayer, but he wants council members to think about whether or not it belongs in this setting.
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