Politicians Walk Out On Atheist’s “Secular Prayer”

A politician in Lake Worth, Florida, is breaking her silence one week after she joined others in abruptly and silently walking out of a city meeting before an atheist delivered his secular invocation.

Mayor Pam Triolo was joined by three commissioners in exiting the room in protest last Tuesday after Preston Smith stood up and took the podium to deliver his brief remarks.

It wasn’t until Monday, though, that Triolo offered an explanation to WPTV-TV.

“I didn’t leave because Mr. Smith is an atheist, I left because of his alleged tweet,” she said, referencing an offensive social media message that Smith is said to have sent over the summer. “Free speech works both ways. You can say what you want and I can choose to leave.”

But commissioner Christopher McVoy, who stayed through the invocation, said that he disagreed with his peers’ decision to exit the room, calling it “very un-American.”

By Billy Hallowell – The Blaze –