Yes, Here it is, a free secular invocation ready for you to read at the beginning of your next town, city or state legislative meeting.
Dear Legislator – The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Greece v. Galloway encouraged me to write this letter to you. In the spirit of the court’s decision, please consider the following secular invocation to be read by me, at one of your official government meetings. As you know, the SCOTUS decision allowed that a layperson of any persuasion, including an atheist, could give the invocation.
(Optional) – I refer to myself as secular humanist, agnostic, skeptic, freethinker, and atheist.
“Ladies and gentlemen, please take a moment to consider why you are gathered here today.
You are gathered here to do the work of the people, who have chosen you to represent them and work for them, protecting their rights, their health, their property and their community without bias, but guided soley by reason and science. You were not chosen to promote personal goals or your religious faith. You were chosen to protect the minorities from the majorities, the weak from the strong, the poor from the wealthy, and the meek from the bold. Your decisions must be based upon science, reason and wisdom and not necessarily upon ancient custom or tradition. Reason must supplant blind faith and evidence must precede decision-making.
Thomas Jefferson wrote: ‘Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion.’
Whatever principals you use for guidance must be wise and worthy of the sacred responsibilities inherent in your job as a representative of and for the good of the people who have elected you. There can be no other higher goal than to wisely and kindly represent the citizens who have entrusted their futures and the futures of their descendants with you. Your decisions will effect generations to come. Whether you pray or meditate, be determined and inspired to work for the good of the people with integrity. To do anything else makes you ineligible to hold this vital position representing the people. To be present here today in this congregation is evidence of your agreement to represent the people fairly and wisely. Wisely means you must sometimes bravely vote against your constituent’s short-term desires for their long-term benefit. Part of your responsibility is to educate the ignorant and moderate emotional conflicts that handicap fair and just decisions. Legislators work for the good of the people, and pass legislation which may not be for their own personal interest. May you continue your work and dedicate this day to all the people you represent, and most importantly, not just those who elected you.
Our third president stated in a letter to John Adams, Aug 15, 1820: ‘Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind.’
Thank you for taking the time to consider this basic statement of government principals, as established by our wise founding fathers. Please dedicate your efforts for the good of the people, Christian and non-Christian, poor and wealthy, all races and genders with equality and wisdom, and most importantly, without bias. As you well know, all citizens expect and deserve your attention to their needs.
I am appreciative of your consent to allow me to speak to you today.