A group of faithful Catholics gathered to oppose a satanic invocation at the start of the Dec. 12 Kenai Borough Assembly meeting.
Organized by lay Catholics, the group met outside the borough building in Soldotna to pray the Rosary while holding signage, crucifixes, icons, or other sacramentals in opposition to the Satanic invocation.
The Dec. 12 meeting was the last time local Satanist Iris Fontana could use the invocation period to “hail Satan.” Thanks to a new policy, unanimously approved at the assembly’s Nov. 7 meeting, all future invocations will be offered by professional borough chaplains. The new protocol kicks in on Jan. 1.
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Under the old policy, anyone from the public could sign up to offer an opening prayer – first come, first serve. Fontana, who claims to be a member of The Satanic Temple, has repeatedly made divisive public appeals to Satan. Likewise, a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has utilized the prayer slot to share his beliefs in an almighty Spaghetti Monster.
While this may be the last time Satan is called upon during a borough meeting, prayer organizer Toby Burke said it should still be publicly denounced.
“The Satanic invocation – mockery of a devout Christian prayer of supplication and God Himself – must not go unopposed,” he wrote.