A Satanic Temple member in Alaska won the right to open an Alaska government meeting with a Satanic prayer.
Declaring, “Hail Satan,” Satanic Temple member Iris Fontana opened the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s meeting on Tuesday, saying, "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," Kenai radio station KSRM reported. The peninsula is located south of Anchorage.
The move prompted protests and led to at least two assembly members and the borough’s mayor to walk out of the assembly chambers along with some audience members.
Protesters gathered outside the building, holding signs rejecting “Satan and his works” and saying, “know Jesus and his love.”
Fontana was a plaintiff in a lawsuit litigated by the ACLU of Alaska against the borough for approving a policy three years ago that people who wanted to give invocations before the meeting had to be part of official organizations with an established presence on the peninsula, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN News) reports.
The state Supreme Court ruled last year that the policy was unconstitutional, so the borough’s government changed it to allow anyone to give the invocation regardless of religion.