I discuss the ‘Scranton Firefighter Prayer Memorial’ on ReapSowRadio


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My previous blog post discussed what seems to be an Establishment Clause violation in Scranton, PA. To quickly recap, the city of Scranton spent $50,000 to erect a memorial on city hall property which includes something titled “A Firefighter’s Prayer,” the unveiling ceremony included an evangelical priest who had given a benediction, and bagpipes that played “Amazing Grace.”

I appeared on ReapSowRadio — an internet radio show featuring hosts Reap Paden and Al Stefanelli — mainly to discuss this Establishment Clause issue, but also briefly speak about “The Year of the Bible,” the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) refusing the “Atheists.” ad I proposed to be placed on county buses, and other problems COLTS has been facing including fare increases, route closures, a former employee charged with sexual harassment, and the bus driver — Daniel Wittenbreder — who sent me threats. I appear around the 21 minute mark and sign off around the 42 minute mark.

Download this episode of ReapSowRadio here.

Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia.

He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events.

Vacula received bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University’s graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County’s Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher’s assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.