The days of professed Satanists and spoof religionists offering opening “prayers” at the Kenai Borough Assembly meetings may finally come to an end.
For years now, the assembly has endured formal appeals to Satan thanks to a 2018 Alaska Supreme Court opinion that claimed the borough could not bar Satanists from prayer without violating their First Amendment religious liberties.
Multiple satanic prayers have since been delivered by a Kenai resident who uses the invocation time to attack religious belief and offer praise to her Dark Lord.
Now, Kenai Mayor Peter Micciche, along with Assembly members Tyson Cox and Kelly Cooper are introducing a resolution at the upcoming Nov. 7 meeting to amend the assembly’s invocation policy so that only official borough chaplains from the fire and emergency service areas can offer opening prayers.
The current policy allows “private” citizens to sign up on a rotating basis, which opens the door for all manner of “prayers,” some of which have been overtly political, agenda driven, farcical, and even satanic.
The proposed amendment states that the invocation “will be limited to a short prayer or solemnizing message asking for help or support for the Assembly, decision making process, and/or Borough that is no longer than two minutes.”
Fontana’s thinly veiled attacks on religious belief ended with, “It is done. Hail Satan.”
It adds: “The invocation shall be voluntarily delivered by a resident of the Kenai Peninsula Borough who serves as a volunteer chaplain for the Borough’s fire and emergency medical service areas designated by the Assembly President.”
If a scheduled chaplain is not in attendance at an assembly meeting an assembly member or the mayor will offer a prayer or a moment of silence.
The resolution won’t be decided at the next meeting but could be up for a vote during the Dec. 12 meeting. If it passes, it could finally address what has become an increasingly awkward moment at the assembly meetings.
Past gatherings, which made national headlines, included borough resident and professed Satanic Temple member Iris Fontana urging assembly members to “stand now unbowed and unfettered by arcane doctrines born of fearful minds and darkened times,” and to “embrace the Luciferian impulse to eat of the tree of knowledge and dispel our blissful and comforting delusions.”
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Fontana’s thinly veiled attacks on religious belief have ended with, “It is done. Hail Satan.”
Another borough resident, Barrett Fletcher, claimed to be a representative of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which affirms that an invisible and undetectable monster made of spaghetti and meatballs created the universe after drinking heavily, and that his “noodly appendages” hold great power.
Barrett’s 2019 assembly “prayer” concluded by asking the Flying Spaghetti Monster to provide each assembly member “satisfaction in the perception of accomplishment and allow them true relaxation and an ample supply of their favorite beverage at the end of this evening’s work.” He ended with, “Ramen.”
In 2019, a satanic invocation drew national attention after being featured on the Drudge Report. Dozens of Kenai residents walked out of the meeting, while 40 protesters outside the chambers held signs saying, “Reject Satan and his works” and “Know Jesus and his love.”
— To read the proposed resolution, click here.
— Click here for information on how to participate in the Nov. 7 Kenai Borough Assembly meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. in the Assembly Chamber (144 North Binkley Street Soldotna).
— Click here to contact members of Kenai Borough Assembly.
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