Prayer breakfast ended (November 22, 2016)

The city of Lakewood, Calif., will no longer be sponsoring a prayer breakfast held annually by the city’s mayor.

A concerned city resident informed FFRF about an email that had been sent out inviting residents to congregate with Lakewood Mayor Jeff Piazza and the Lakewood City Council, along with a gathering of religious leaders and groups, in a “celebration of faith, unity and community spirit.”

FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote to the city saying the event was a constitutional violation.

On Nov. 22, FFRF learned from the city manager that the city would no longer be sponsoring the prayer breakfast and that the breakfast would no longer be carried out in the name of the city.

Freedom From Religion Foundation