Yep - more correctly, the article above should have said that he was removed after failing to stand for both the "invocation" (read: "prayer" - not all invocations are prayers) and Pledge. It was originally (and for quite some time), the prayer to open a public meeting that he had a problem with. This time, he even correctly clarified for the mayor that students have the right to not stand for the Pledge should they choose not to do so.
According to the city's recording of the meeting, Rees asked everyone to stand first for the invocation, which is a brief ceremonial prayer or reflection that opens Winter Garden commission meetings, and then for the pledge.
Here's the "brief ceremonial" invocation in full.
Father we thank you for bringing us here tonight.
We thank You for the gift of life, the gift of friendship, and the gift of community.
We ask You to be with us today as we make decisions that guide our city for the future.
We ask that You bless all our employees, our residents, and our businesses in the City of Winter Garden.
And we know that any time in our lives when we experience stress, it's just Your way of bringing us closer to You, and we thank You for allowing us to be in a country where we're free to believe and think and pray, and be together here in public, and we ask this in Your precious name, Amen.
So much for separation of Church and State. This public meeting was opened as though it was a church assembly. Richardson had this to say about the invocation in May:
"As a resident of Winter Garden, I would like our city to be known for its inclusiveness for all points of view and its respect for all individuals," Richardson wrote in May. "Opening up the commission meeting invocations to everyone would be a wonderful step in that direction."
It seems like this has been boiling for some time, and Richardson finally got to the point where he needed to demonstrate his rights - religion wasn't being heard as an issue.