On the heels of the Supreme Court's injudicious decision "blessing" sectarian governmental prayer, FFRF has called on atheists, seculars and other freethinkers to fight back by asking for equal time to give secular invocations.
The response, especially given the slow-moving wheels of government, has been heartening. FFRF received 14 qualifying entries and is asking for your help selecting the winner!
Voting is only open for 72 hours so please vote now! (Voting closes at noon Central Time, Thursday, Sept. 18.)
The winner of FFRF's ongoing "Nothing Fails Like Prayer Contest" this year will be given an all-expenses paid trip to FFRF's national convention in Los Angeles on October 24-25 to open the conference with a secular blessing. The winner will also receive an honorarium of $500 and a plaque.
HOW TO VOTE
You may vote for any and all videos you think should win. (In other words, you don't have to choose only one winner.) First, go to YouTube and enjoy watching the videos. There are three easy ways to vote:
1. Vote via YouTube. A thumbs-up counts as a vote (or vote by leaving a comment on the video).
2. Vote via Facebook. Leave comments for videos you think should win on our Facebook threads announcing the voting. (Trolls naming an entrant will count as a positive vote.)
3. Vote via email. Email the name and entry number of the invocation in the subject line of an email to .
All votes, views, likes and comments will be plugged into FFRF's proprietary algorithm to help determine the winner. Other factors include FFRF staff votes, originality, "cheekiness" and the persuasiveness of the invocation (i.e., did it convince the government to change its ways?). Winners will be announced by Monday, Sept. 22.
The contest is ongoing until we can persuade governmental bodies to pray on their own time and dime or the Supreme Court overturns the infamous Town of Greece v. Galloway ruling. New entries received from this point on will be considered for the 2015 award.
So get out there and give your local government a piece of your secular mind! Read the contest rules here.