Atheist Urges DuPage Leaders To Set Aside Prayer, Work Together

Bernie Tafoya
March 13, 2019 - 6:10 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Three months after invocations were challenged as mixing church and state at DuPage County Board meetings, an atheist delivered a message at the start of a meeting this week.

DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin introduced atheist Hemant Mehta’s communication as a "moment of reflection,” noting the county's "commitment to diverse viewpoints.”

Mehta asked attendees in the room not to close their eyes as they might in prayer, but to open them. 

"You are the higher powers you’ve been looking for,” he said.

Mehta added: "There’s a lot of important work to be done on behalf of all of us, so I encourage you to spend no time on that which we know divides us when there are so many other important issues on which you can find common ground.

"Let’s celebrate, instead, our shared humanity and our basic decency and do what’s best for the wonderfully diverse community and county that we are so fortunate to call our home. Thank you."

The DuPage County Board is expected to vote in a couple of weeks on the invocation issue.