KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has decided to continue allowing religious groups to offer invocations at its meetings after an invocation from a member of the Satanic Temple prompted a call for change.
The Peninsula Clarion reports Iris Fontana encouraged attendees of an Aug. 9 meeting to "embrace the Luciferian impulse to eat of the tree of knowledge." She closed her comments with, "Hail Satan. Thank you."
In response, two assembly members filed ordinances to change or remove the invocation from the meetings. Both measures got shot down by the assembly Tuesday.
Members of the public weighed in on the debate, with some saying everyone should be allowed to offer invocations and others arguing for only Christian prayers to be allowed. Some commenters called for elimination of the invocation entirely.