Freedom from religion group attends National Day of Prayer in Warren

 People from many religious beliefs met Thursday in Warren for the National Day of Prayer - even atheists.

This year's event took place  at City Hall against a different back drop. This Reason Station is set up inside to offer a different perspective 

"I offer information on free though," said Douglass Marshall. "I have various pamphlets that are produced from the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The purpose mainly to promote separation of church and state."

An application for The Reason Station to go up inside city hall was previously denied by the city. But after organizers won a federal court victory, they set up this display, just a few steps away from the Prayer Station.

"Part of the reason I'm here is to convince the city that they don't belong in that argument on whether or not there is a deity," Marshall said.

Organizers of the Reason Station say their purpose is not to promote atheism, but a separation on church and state.

"I'm an atheist myself but I'm not promoting atheism," Marshall said. "That's for everybody to decide."

Jeff Nelson came to city hall for the prayer event but went to the prayer station to see what it's all about..

"What the concepts are," he said. "What the philosophy is and why they are here."

Warren's Mayor Jim Fouts says the existence of the Reason Station does not take anything away from National Day of Prayer.

"We still have our Prayer Station, we still have our Nativity Scene," Fouts said. "We can all live in peace and w can also pray for those who do not believe in prayer." 
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