Satanists plan invocation at Phoenix city council meeting
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Satanists plan invocation at Phoenix city council meeting

City attorney says government can’t exclude a religion from praying

Illustrative photo of a statue of Satan unveiled by a Satanic temple in Detroit. (YouTube screen capture)
Illustrative photo of a statue of Satan unveiled by a Satanic temple in Detroit. (YouTube screen capture)

PHOENIX — Members of a satanic group will give the opening prayer at an upcoming Phoenix City Council meeting.

Some council members have objected, but city attorney Brad Holm says the government cannot exclude a religion from praying under such circumstances.

Satanic Temple member Stu de Haan says the group doesn’t intend to do anything offensive. He says the Satanic Temple doesn’t believe in a literal Satan but see the biblical Satan as a metaphor for rebellion against tyranny.

The Arizona Republic reports that the temple will perform the invocation on February 17.

The city’s invocation has been delivered by Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and people of other faiths. The temple submitted a request in December to give the prayer.

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