Lodi United

Lodi United

Atheists, Secularists, Freethinkers, and Others United for the Separation of Church and State in Lodi, CA

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is your Goal?

Meeting attendees who listen to an invocation can feel unwanted, uncomfortable, and even ashamed. They do not feel as if they are a part of our     community.

Replacing the invocation with a moment of silence allows all attendees a time to reflect, pray, and collect themselves without infringing on the beliefs of those around them.

Learn more about Why We're Doing This.

Who Founded Lodi United?

There is no one single founder, but the spokesperson is David Diskin, a Lodi resident of 14 years.

Are you Against Religion and Prayer?

No. Quite the contrary, many of Lodi United's members are religious and regularly attend church and pray.

We also agree that religion and prayer do not belong in a public, taxpayer-funded forum such as city council meetings and schools.

These meetings should be comfortable for all to attend and take part in.

Our group is not "anti-religion" nor would it ever impede someone's right to pray or practice their religion, provided that it's not using taxpayer dollars or in a public forum.

Are you all Atheists from Wisconsin?

Definitely not. In addition to atheists and agnostics, Lodi United consists of a variety of religions and philosophies, and individuals who adhere to a personal belief.

Lodi United was founded by a Lodi resident of 14 years and has members from the greater Lodi area. None are from Wisconsin.

We are secularists, humanists, Catholics, Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, Witnesses, and more.

The fight to remove prayer, especially proselytizing, from city council meetings is one that many individuals support -- including believers.

Does the Constitution protect prayer?

Both sides of this debate have a number of references to site, but a clear decision has never been made. And even if there had, this is not a question about what the constitution says (or doesn’t). Two hundred years ago, slavery was permitted and women could not vote. We live in a country where laws change.

This issue is not about law or policy or tradition. It is about a public meeting making people uncomfortable from the proselytizing of a specific religion.

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