An assembly meeting in Alaska took a dark turn last week when it was opened with a prayer to Satan after a Satanic Temple member won the right to deliver the invocation, prompting about a dozen officials and attendees to walk out… Borough mayor Charlie Pierce and assembly members Norm Blakeley and Paul Fischer were among those who left the assembly chambers before returning for the meeting. You can thank the ACLU for this blasphemous insanity.
This was the first invocation given by the Satanic Temple since the Kenai Peninsula Borough, which is 75 miles south of Anchorage, modified a policy in November after the Alaska Superior Court said that it violated the state’s constitution’s establishment clause. The new policy allows for anyone in the borough to offer an invocation, no matter their religion. Thus the Satanic Temple jumping at the chance to ‘Hail Satan’.
From The Daily Wire:
“In her invocation, Iris Fontana, who is a member of the Satanic Temple and brought a lawsuit against the borough to change the policy, called the room to be present, “and for attendees to clear their minds,” the Peninsula Clarion newspaper reported.
“She asked listeners to embrace the impulse to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. ‘Let us demand that humans be judged for their actions,’ she said,” the Clarion reported.
“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 said, Kenai radio station KSRM reported.
“Some 40 people protested the inclusion of a Satanic Temple invocation. Some held signs reading “reject Satan and his works” and “know Jesus and his love,” as they demonstrated outside the government building, the Clarion reported.
“Assembly members Norm Blakeley and Paul Fischer and borough Mayor Charlie Pierce were among those who left the assembly chambers along with some audience members,” the Associated Press reported.
“The protesters included William Siebenmorgen, who flew to Alaska from Pennsylvania for the event.
“God will be pleased with our public prayers of reparation. We want God’s blessings on America, not Satan’s curses. Lucifer is the eternal loser. Let’s keep him out,” he told KSRM.
“But Kenai resident Greg Andersen warned that he’ll be giving the next invocation.
“This is just some advanced notice for those of you who have a hard time accepting that some people have beliefs that are different than your own,” Andersen said. “You can turn your back and walk out like I witnessed this evening.”
“It isn’t the first time a Satanic Temple member has forced the government to include them. In 2018, the Chicago chapter of the Satanic Temple forced officials to display its “Snaketivity” statue next to a huge Christmas tree in the Illinois Statehouse rotunda, The Daily Wire reported.
“The statue, which featured a hand holding up an apple with a serpent wrapped around it, was included alongside a Nativity scene and a Hanukkah menorah. It’s title, “Knowledge Is The Greatest Gift,” overtly mocks the idea of Christ as God’s great gift to the world.
“NPR reported that a note nearby sought to explain that the inclusion of sacrilegious statues like the “Snaketivity” wasn’t officials’ fault:
“The statue was included because while the Satanic Temple says it is a “non-theistic organization,” the group is still considered by the state to be a religious organization and thus is given the same rights as others.”
Some think the Satanic prayer was a political stunt to force them to remove all prayer from their meetings and I’m sure that is the intent here.
“I think it’s more a political strategy,” said Blaine Gilman, president of the assembly, “to try to force the invocation to be removed from the Assembly,” he said. “Personally, I found it sort of offensive, the Satanic Temple lady who was speaking there, but even if I find it personally offensive, it’s still important to protect the right to freedom of speech and the right for religion.”
Personally, if I lived there I would not want Satan invited in period and those supporting Old Scratch should be run out of town if you ask me. I know… I’m not ‘diverse’ or ‘inclusive’ enough. Tough. Those that are a friend to evil and Satan are no friend to me or mine.
As I understand it, Iris Fontana is a liberal Democrat. Figures. And the ACLU should be ashamed for promoting this. This is not what the Founders had in mind when they crafted freedom of religion in the Constitution. Evil should be silenced, not given a platform to corrupt and pervert individuals.