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Michigan Judge Allows Atheist's 'Reason Station' Inside City Hall

WARREN, MI - FEBRUARY 23; Brenda Hutchinson and Cathy Eddy wait to share prayers with people in need at the city hall in Warr
WARREN, MI - FEBRUARY 23; Brenda Hutchinson and Cathy Eddy wait to share prayers with people in need at the city hall in Warren, MI. Hutchinson said that traffic varies and that she has prayed with anywhere from 2-20 people in one day. School children in the background are on their way to the library in the same building. Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

If a church can have a prayer station inside city hall, then an atheist can have a reason station there, too.

That's what a federal judge concluded today in ordering the city of Warren to allow an atheist man to set up a so-called "reason station" in the atrium at city hall, similar to the one his religious counterparts have.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Hluchaniuk never mentioned the words "freedom of religion" or "separation of church and state" in his order, but rather focused on ensuring that believers and non-believers receive the same type of access to city hall.

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