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.