Alaska Borough Allows Atheist to Open Meeting With Invocation Hailing Satan

Washington Prayer pdKENAI, Alaska — Officials in an Alaskan borough recently allowed an atheist to open their public meeting with an invocation hailing Satan.

According to reports, Iris Fontana, 27, and a member of the Satanic Temple, contacted the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in April to request that she be permitted to present an invocation.

In June, the Borough pondered discontinuing the invocation altogether due to complaints about the prayers being predominantly Christian, or creating rules about who and what could be said. However, due to opposition to the idea, along with a 4-4 tie vote, the Borough scrapped the idea but decided to open up the invocation to other religions.

Therefore, Fontana was permitted to participate last Tuesday.

“Let us stand now, unbowed and unfettered by arcane doctrines born of fearful minds in darkened times. Let us embrace the Luciferian impulse to eat of the Tree of Knowledge and dissipate our blissful and comforting delusions of old,” she said during her invocation.

“That which will not bend must break, and that which can be destroyed by truth should never be spared its demise. It is done.” Fontana continued, ending with the declaration, “Hail Satan.”

One assembly member left the room prior to the invocation, another remained sitting instead of standing with the others, and one stood with his hands on his hips.

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Member Dale Bagley opined that Fontana’s invocation was only done to make a political statement. He noted that professing atheist Lance Hunt, who had been permitted to speak at the previous meeting, was present to record Fontana.

“I find it a little ironic that the—I hate to call it a prayer—invocation from the atheist wasn’t really about doing good and making good decisions. It was a political statement,” Bagley stated. “And he was here tonight filming the lady that gave the invocation. And obviously she was doing it for a political statement. It’s kind of irritating that that’s what we got there.”

Fontana told Alaska Public Media that she thinks everyone should be allowed to give the invocation or none at all.

“I would be happy with either allowing anyone to do it and not having like a process for them to have to do it, or everyone go through the same process to do it,” she said. “And I’d also be happy if they did away with it because I really, really believe in the separation between church and state.”

She also explained to the outlet that the Satanic Temple considers itself a religion, but doesn’t believe in any deity and considers Satan to only be a metaphor.

As previously reported, last month, Satanic Temple member David Suhor was permitted to deliver an invocation during the Pensacola, Florida City Hall meeting, which he admitted was done to combat what he saw as “Christian privilege.”

“[G]o to a moment of silence that lets everybody pray or not according to their own conscience,” he declared, angrily smacking his notebook on the podium.


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  • Headrick

    God will judge.

    • Scott Keasey

      I will judge this article as BS

    • Michael C

      Yup. That’s God’s job, not the government’s.

    • Stupid Atheist

      And then what…?

    • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

      Amen.

    • DoorknobHead

      Mythical gods do not judge, sentient beings which live within the parameters of reality judge.

  • Scott Keasey

    Atheists do not hail Satan, stop making shit up

  • Becky

    “She also explained to the outlet that the Satanic Temple considers itself a religion, but doesn’t believe in any deity and considers Satan to only be a metaphor.”

    They speak evil. They do evil. They even go so far as to welcome Satan and use his name. You’re delusional…deny it all you want…Satan is your god and your allegiance to him is all over your words and actions. Atheists…Satanists…they’re both against God Almighty…the whole lot of them are one and the same.

    • Jalapeno

      “Atheists…Satanists…the whole lot of them are one and the same…they’re against God Almighty.”

      Or…they’re neutral on the concept.

      Crazy.

    • DoorknobHead

      They are against bad thinking, they are against avoiding the use of critical thinking skills when coming to decisions, and are for the understanding of human biases and the countermeasures against human biases. I present this claim without providing evidence.

    • https://disqus.com/home/channel/escapefromegypt/ EscapetheDarkness

      Becky said: “They speak evil. They do evil. They even go so far as to welcome Satan and use his name. You’re delusional…deny it all you want…Satan is your god and your allegiance to him is all over your words and actions. Atheists…Satanists…the whole lot of them are one and the same…they’re against God Almighty.”

      Satan and Satanism do not necessarily have anything to do with Science, Rationalism, Materialism, the Separation of Church and State, and other such things. Quite simply, you do not need Satan and Satanism in order to promote these things. So, this whole “All we are doing here is just promoting rationality!” spin which the Satanic Temple puts on what they do in their activist activities does not add up. To the contrary, it is clear, here, that they are trying to promote Satanism, in and of itself.

      • Becky

        I agree. However, I do believe that “Science, Rationalism, Materialism, the Separation of Church and State…” have much to do with Satan (not everything about Science, tho). Those teachings (again, not everything about Science) lead a person away from God and his word. They teach against God’s word and that’s what Satan does.

        • https://disqus.com/home/channel/escapefromegypt/ EscapetheDarkness

          @ Becky

          Becky said: “However, I do believe that ‘Science, Rationalism, Materialism, the Separation of Church and State…’ have much to do with Satan (not everything about Science, tho). Those teachings (again, not everything about Science) lead a person away from God and his word. They teach against God’s word and that’s what Satan does.”

          You are correct. I agree. And, to be clear, I was speaking from the perspective of the public square, where both secular perspectives and the perspectives of believers in Messiah Yehoshua (or Messiah Yeshua, or Christ Jesus) are present. But, if someone is open to receiving the meat and potatoes of the Truth, so to speak, then I will get into this issue and make it clear that there are, in reality, only two sides: the side of -YHVH (or God) and his Kingdom- and the side of the Kingdom of Darkness, period.

          • Becky

            I agree wholeheartedly.

  • Stephen W.

    Brought to us courtesy of fundamentalist Christianity.

  • B1jetmech

    Atheist are such envious, jealous people seeking attention.

    So will this atheist sacrifice a new born to Satan?

  • bowie1

    Sounds like a Genesis paraphrase.

  • Robert

    This is caused by people that think the goverments role is to be the church.. the new testamen of the bible gives a different job than that to the government. While still keeping them both church and state for one christian purpose.the advancement of the gospel of jesus.
    ..The state is not to procaim the gospe in as y way shape or form l but rather to main peace and order in society so the church can do its gospel worlk. . Like wise the church is not to assume the role of the nations policemen in any way shape or form but rather seek only to full fill its gospel purpose.. if each would do their own jobs this would not have happened. . The new testament does not teack seperation of church and state it teachs different jobs so this will not happen.

  • Robert

    Hate to remind people the us constitution is not error free thats why the many amendments and it does not claim to be either lets not forget that.Its not the Holy Scriptures.

  • Robert

    Jesus love for all people is based soly on who he is And not who we are
    GOD COULD NOT LOVE ANY OF US IF HIS LOVE WAS BASED ON WHO WE ARE. we simply do not deerve a loving God yet how blessed we all are because we have one. ..And his love for us is based on who he is not who we are.

  • Gena B

    So anyone excuse themselves to the bathroom at the time?