Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly may do away with opening prayers after Satanic Temple member’s invocation ended with “Hail Satan.”

By |2019-07-02T08:25:41-08:00July 3rd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |10 Comments

Put one in the win column for Satan.

Courtesy of Deadstate

An Alaska borough that finally allowed a member of The Satanic Temple to deliver an invocation last month may end the practice of prayer before meetings altogether, rather than let another invocation be ended with the words “Hail Satan” at the end of it.

Iris Fontana delivered a Satanic invocation in mid-June, following a court battle with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly that went all the way to the state Supreme Court of Alaska. Fontana alleged she should be allowed to deliver an invocation just as much as any other faith does, but was banned from doing so by the legislative body.

The Alaska Supreme Court ruled in her favor. Fontana delivered her invocation, which resulted in several borough members leaving the meeting in protest, including the mayor, according to previous reporting from The Friendly Atheist.

The lawmakers weren’t alone in their disgust — outside of that meeting, more than 40 protesters joined them.

As a result of the uproar, one of the borough assembly members is proposing doing-away with the invocation once and for all.

“Many residents of the borough have requested that invocations at assembly meetings be eliminated,” assembly member Willy Dunne wrote in a memo, according to a report from Radio Kenai. “Ending the practice of invocations will save the borough taxpayers’ money and reduce divisiveness in our community. It is expected that assembly members can find ways to have their spiritual needs met outside of public meetings.”

The full assembly will vote on the matter on Tuesday at 6 p.m. local time. If the measure passes, it will go to a vote for citizens to decide on, which would be held October 1.

For those a little slow on the uptake, this was the goal of the Satanic Temple all along.

Their raison d’etre is to demonstrate the absurdity of religion and to hopefully get it removed from governmental activities, government buildings, and federal celebrations. 

So far they have been pretty damn successful. 

And this would just be one more example of that success. 

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  1. Anonymous July 3, 2019 at 3:48 am

    As a “practicing” Christian, I’m all for taking prayer out of all government assemblies.
    It’s not like they follow ANY of what Jesus said, and, if there’s one thing He HATED, it’s hypocrites.

  2. Anonymous July 3, 2019 at 6:09 am

    I heard Willow did a good job with her “Hail Satan” speech.

    • Whatevs July 3, 2019 at 10:39 am

      The Satanic Temple has far too much integrity to allow a Palin anywhere near it.

  3. OT-FYI July 3, 2019 at 9:09 am

    “guide to details of Dunleavy promises to not cut the ferry system, public schools, the University of Alaska, the Pioneers Home, the court system, the prison system, state Troopers and Power Cost Equalization. It also includes his promises to increase spending on education, the courts, Troopers and prosecutors.”

  4. Anonymous July 3, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Bottomline. People really worship money.

  5. mike from iowa July 3, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Religion of any kind has no place in politics. Want religion? Go to church or your own closet like your lord and saviour commanded you.

  6. puck July 3, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    it’s their right to worship as they want in America.

  7. Lou Sarah July 3, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    When prayers are outlawed only the outlaws will have prayers!

  8. #ThrowbackThursday July 4, 2019 at 5:55 am


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    July 3 2019.

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