It created quite a storm at the government meeting that was open to the public in Alaska. Several attendees at the open meeting walked out in protest after the opening prayer praised Satan.
The Associated Press reported that the prayer, where a woman declared “Hail Satan,” was given by Satanic Temple member Iris Fontana. The had won the right to open the meeting with an invocation of her choice.
“That which will not bend, must break, and that which can be destroyed by truth should never be spared as demise. It is done, hail Satan,” Fontana prayed at the opening of the meeting, according to local radio station KSRM
The controversial prayer Tuesday night started the meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough and prompted several attendees to exit the building. A protest outside the borough’s administration building drew a crowd of 40 or so people.
Fontana was reportedly among one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit litigated by the ACLU of Alaska against the borough after it approved a policy in 2016 to only allow people belonging to official organizations with an established presence on the Kenai Peninsula to give invocations at meetings.
Last year, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the borough policy was unconstitutional and the policy was amended to allow anyone to offer invocations regardless of affiliation.
Where do you stand on this issue? Should Fontana have been given permission to offer the opening prayer at this public government meeting? Should those who worship Satan be given the same rights as those who worship God? Do you stand with those who walked out of the meeting and protested outside the building?
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