Tampa City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern sounds off on atheist debate

For the third Tampa City Council meeting in the young year, members of the public who oppose starting Council meetings with an invocation again spoke out against the practice today, but for the first time a member of the Council publicly reacted to their concerns.

Two weeks ago, the group Atheists of Florida came to the council chambers to denounce the practice which kicks off each council meeting , a practice that sporadically has been a source of controversy over the years.  But nobody from the council responded.

Six people who oppose starting government meetings with invocations pleaded with City Council members Thursday to end the practice.