Councilman Sam Allevato said that although Reeve wanted to make invocations open toany religion, "mentioning any deity could make anyone feel uncomfortable."Reeve told the council he does not want speakers to use the invocations to proselytize fortheir religion, but he maintained his position that community members should be allowed tolead them.Mayor Larry Kramer said he opposes anyone other than council members leading theinvocations."We're not a church, we're a public institution," he said. "The idea of the invocation is tobring everyone together."The council discussed with the city attorney the possible ramifications of invocations leaningin favor of one religion. Court cases on the issue include one in Lancaster, where the citywas sued after an invocation making reference to Jesus Christ was seen by the plaintiffs asbiased toward Christianity.The city won a ruling in that case; however, it is being appealed to the 9th Circuit Court ofAppeals.San Juan resident Steve Behmerwohld suggested the local council eliminate the invocation,saying it is a waste of time."An easy way out of this whole thing is just to do away with the invocation," Behmerwohldsaid. "I think you guys do a good job and I don't think you need divine intervention."