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Lawmakers Trying to Prevent Satanist Temple from Delivering Prayer at Next Meeting

According to ABC 15, the Phoenix City Council has a meeting set for mid-February and it will begin with a Satanist prayer. Now, Arizona lawmakers are rushing to change the rules regarding prayer in an attempt to prevent The Satanic Temple from delivering an invocation at a February session.

They are planning to vote this week on possible changes to the rules. If changed, only people invited by elected officials can deliver the prayers at the opening of meetings. Right now, anyone can make a request to deliver a prayer.

The Satanist Temple made the request in December and is expected to attend the Feb. 17 council meeting. Satanist Temple member Stu de Haan told ABC 15, “We do not have any gods; we're not devil worshippers. We do not believe that Satan is an actual being, but that doesn't make it any less of a religion.”

The mission of the group, according to its website, “is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will.”

Councilman Jim Waring told ABC 15, “We weren’t comfortable lending either our reputations — or the constituency that voted for us, we didn’t want them to think that we were [allowing] a Satanic prayer at a City Council meeting."

The Satanic Temple said it would file a lawsuit if its members' liberties are trampled.

Photo: The Satanic Temple

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