LAKELAND | Atheists of Florida announced its intention this morning to file a federal lawsuit against the City of Lakeland, challenging its
practice of opening its meetings with prayer.
the city and Mayor Gow Fields in U.S. District Court in Tampa.
Wachs said the lawsuit would challenge the city's invocation policy on
several grounds, including claims that it violates the separation of
religion and state and freedom of speech provisions of the First
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Wachs said further details would be forthcoming later in the day.