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Justin Scott, member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, recently gave an invocation in the Iowa House, urging members there to “invoke the holy trinity of science made up of reason, observation and experience” as they went about their daily work. As the WCF Courier reports:

The trinity, Justin Scott of Waterloo said in offering the “opening prayer,” would allow lawmakers to address issues before them “without allowing confirmation bias, cognitive dissonance or intellectual dishonesty blindly guide positions and votes.”

Scott, believed to be the first atheist to offer the morning invocation in the House, said his trinity wasn’t rooted in dogma or doctrine and “doesn’t care what our feelings are or what our deeply held beliefs are.”

Scott, the guest of Rep. Timi Brown-Powers, D-Waterloo, said he put a lot of thought into preparing for the invocation, but it didn’t hit him until about 4 a.m. the message should be about the process “because at the end of the day, we are all humans and when we face challenges, all we can count on is our self, the abilities we’ve been born with, the talents we’ve developed.”

Science, he said, is “all about thinking about something, analyzing it, processing it and being open to the fact that what you thought about Subject A may not be what the evidence actually tells you.”

That’s something lawmakers deal with every day as they come to the Capitol with “preconceived notions — not even on a religious level,” he said.

He ended the “prayer” in prayerful style:

“Let this trinity guide you and protect you,” he said. “May this trinity inspire you and be honest to you … lift up the truth upon you and give you peace.”

This sort of thing is so important in the fight to normalise atheism and nonbelief in the face of the cultural superiority and default dominance of Christianity.

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Jonathan MS Pearce

A TIPPLING PHILOSOPHER Jonathan MS Pearce is a philosopher, author, columnist, and public speaker with an interest in writing about almost anything, from skepticism to science, politics, and morality,...