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Atheists told to stop disrupting Tampa City Council's Pledge of Allegiance

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Tampa City Council attorney Marty Shelby told a group of atheists today if they don't want to say "under God" during the Pledge of Allegiance at council meetings they should remain silent when those words are spoken.

Shelby said the group typically talks over those words, which some people find disruptive. That prompted council member Joseph Caetano to take it a step further, suggesting they be booted from council chambers altogether if they don't use the phrase. "That's not right," he said.

The group has been coming to council meetings for weeks, trying to get the board to stop the practice of premeeting prayer. The council has largely ignored them, and they have pledged to come to every meeting until the issue is resolved. Read more about today's discussion here.

Janet Zink, Times staff writer

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:27pm]

    

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