ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An invocation presented by a member of The Satanic Temple last week during a government meeting open to the public was met with protest, and some officials and attendees walked out of the room while the reading was underway.
In 2016, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly changed its invocation policy after Satanic Temple member Iris Fontana urged listeners to “embrace the Luciferian impulse to eat of the tree of knowledge” and ended her presentation with the words “Hail Satan.”
The Borough decided to only allow individuals from pre-approved religious organizations to deliver the prayers at Assembly meetings.
Fontana — along with another atheist and a Jewish woman — consequently sued, and last October, the Alaskan Supreme Court struck down the policy as unconstitutional.
Therefore, on Tuesday, Fontana returned to present her invocation at the opening of the meeting once again.
“Let’s cast aside our differences, to use reason, logic, science and compassion to create solutions for the greater good of our community,” she stated, according to reports. “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. Thank you.”
Peninsula Clarion reporter Victoria Petersen says that several officials left the room as Fontana came to the podium, as did some members of the public.
“She stood up to the podium, and before she started speaking,
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