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Utah atheist wins right to pray in public

On April 11, 2003, the Utah Supreme Court ruled that if officials in Murray, Utah, want to pray during government-sponsored events, the same opportunity must be granted to all who ask.

This includes Tom Snyder, a 71-year-old Utah atheist.

Snyder filed a lawsuit in 1999 against the Salt Lake City suburb for allowing other pre-meeting prayers, but denying him equal time.

With the blessing of the Court, Snyder may now offer his prayer, addressed to "Our Mother, who art in heaven," asking for deliverance "from weak and stupid politicians."