Urge the Virginia House of Delegates to cease legislative prayer


Please take a moment to urge your delegate to discontinue the practice of legislative prayer.

The Virginia House of Delegates recently opened a meeting on the House floor with a six-minute-long divisive prayer that condemned marriage equality and reproductive rights, and threatened legislators with the wrath of God.

Robert Grant Jr. a pastor at the Father’s Way Church in Warrenton, Va., said, in part, during his invocation:

“God is also judgment. Please do not provoke his anger and bring wrath upon this state by what you create as law. Biblical history is very clear, His wrath upon the earth is documented. We are not exempt. If he does not grant us mercy for the atrocities that are being done, we will eventually encounter the judgment of the Almighty God and may the Lord have mercy upon us all.”

When he went on to extol “traditional marriage,” the gavel dropped and delegates reciting the Pledge of Allegiance drowned out what was left of the prayer. Some members even walked out.

Watch a video of this prayer here.

This dangerous and belligerent speech has no place commencing our secular lawmaking process. FFRF has submitted a formal letter to House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn advising the body to end religious prayers at government meetings. Now, we need you to contact your legislator and ask that they discontinue this unnecessary and discriminatory practice. Click on the red “Take Action!” link below and feel free to use or adapt the talking points provided.


Freedom From Religion Foundation