Colorado Man Hails Satan in Presenting Invocation at City Council Meeting

GRAND JUNCTION, Co. — A Colorado man hailed Satan as he presented an invocation at a city council meeting this week, while some concerned members of the community stood outside praying.

During Wednesday’s meeting before the Grand Junction City Council, Mayor Rick Taggart called out Scott Iles, a member of the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers, who had been randomly selected to lead the invocation that day.

Iles rather introduced his friend Andrew Vodopich, who he said was a “much better public speaker” and would therefore be offering his words instead.

Vodopich, wearing a black shirt, red tie and what the Daily Sentinel described as a “serpent beard ring,” read expressionless from a prepared statement.

“We beseech all those present to shun primitive hatreds and superstition, bigotry, prejudice and atavism, and instead seek equality in justice and thereby safeguard all worldviews and treat them equally and with respect,” he said.

“We counsel this entire community to allow the light of truth to shine unobstructed on all matters, and to let not one coveted assumption be spared examination, to let not one archaic belief be spared disgrace, and thus leave no room for ignorance and assumption,” Vodopich stated.

He ended his invocation “in the name of reason, in the name of free inquiry and in the name of rebellion against theocracy.”

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“Hail, Satan,” Vodopich said before departing the podium, being joined in his proclamation by a woman recording him.

While Vodopich was hailing Satan inside of city hall, and estimated 25 people stood in a circle outside of the building, where they prayed the Lord’s Prayer. Some also offered independent prayers and one man took a prayer walk around the block.

“We didn’t feel like it was right to disrupt,” organizer Mackenzie Dodge told reporters. “That’s not what we’re here for … We wanted to lift up the Lord’s name high and cast out what’s not for Him.”

Participant Kevin McCarney said that he believed there should have been more than 10 times as many people present.

As previously reported, last July, David Suhor of the Satanic Temple—an organization that says it does not believe in Satan but views him as a metaphor for rebellion—wore a hooded robe as he delivered an invocation at a city council meeting in Pensacola, Florida.

Suhor was surrounded by opposition as many began reciting the Lord’s Prayer to drown him out. One man declared, “I would rather be in the room than let darkness sit here by itself.”

Several were escorted out, but others stayed and prayed quietly with hands raised while Suhor delivered a loud song, belting out, “That which will not bend must break” and “That which is destroyed by truth should never be spared. Its demise, it is done. Hail Satan!”

Suhor acknowledged during the same meeting that he had a reason for the spectacle.

“Adopt some [expletive] rules. Stop pandering for votes. Quit pushing Christian privilege as we’ve seen with the Bayview cross and so many other issues and instead go to a moment of silence, that lets everybody pray or not according to their own conscience,” he said.


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  • mr goody two shoes

    This isn’t nearly as bad as what happened in Germany in 1550 that brought about the Magdeburg confession and from it the doctrine of the lesser magistrate that influenced even some laws of what would be the united states constitution.

  • Reason2012

    A Colorado man hailed Satan as he presented an invocation at a city council meeting this week, while some concerned members of the community stood outside praying.

    Hatefully mocking Christianity is not a convocation, it’s bigoted hate-speech.

    • Lexical Cannibal

      Which parts seemed like hateful mockery to you? Is there more to his convocation not printed here? The only parts quoted by this article seem pretty respectful, uplifting, and without specific target.

      • YikesAndAway

        Do you really think people are that daft that we cannot understand what this guy is speaking about? Are you implying that you do not understand what he is saying here?

        The laughable part here is that like the co-opting of Christian symbols for the mere purpose of denigration, these posers also use concepts and ideas that have nothing to do with satan as if satan embodied them or even attributed to it.

        They may snare a few misguided people into believing their equality is Christians equality, or that their reason is the same reason everyone ascribes to, but most of us can see they hold none of those ideals in the same sense.

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    i said it during the election … i say it again now ….. God and Christ will have no problem using DJT to bring well deserved judgement on this country ….. look at what happened in Va today ….. it is happening in every city and state and locale …… and this man and his “convocation” is just a symptom of it …… civil war is coming to ‘Merica ………. hope you all enjoyed yourselves in helping to bring it down ………. satan demands “equality” …. because that is all he has ever wanted … first to be equal to God ….. then when he did not get it, to be above God ……….. and this country has fallen for this deception …… there is no “equality” with things that ARE NOT EQUAL …………………..

    • Brendan Tyson

      OK are you ACTUALLY serious, has becoming a radicalized Christian made you so blind? Trump is being raked over the coals, and justifiably so, because he REFUSED to call out the white supremacists who caused all this to happen. Trump is a DISGRACE and incidents like this just underscore that fact.

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        whatever your perception of that is ….. and i said nothing above to dispute what you just said ….. that does not alter the fact that what is taking place right now and for the last few months ….. is the beginnings of a civil war being manufactured …….. and God is using DJT to accomplish it …………..

      • Governmental Deception

        u moron

    • MCrow

      Wait, are you siding with the white supremacists?

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        wait a minute …. where did i say that ……… i did not ….. thats just some garbage you made up ………..

        • MCrow

          I am not accusing, I am trying to clarify. You mentioned the happenings in Virginia where a white supremacist murdered two people, then talk about equality being satanic in the same comment. It was more surprise than anything

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            i do not believe what happened in Va was reported accurately ….. it rarely is ……..

          • MCrow

            …unless what is reported is in your favor?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            nothing is generally reported in anyones favor ………. least of all mine …….

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            Planned Chaos In Virginia: Why Did Law Enforcement Stand Down Until Events Spiraled Out Of Control? ……..

          • MCrow

            Fascinating conspiracy theory. Do you believe Sandy Hook and the September 11 attacks were similarly staged?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            i think they are all staged …. to bring about an agenda ………. or at least they are used as part of an agenda ……… things do not just happen by accident ….. they are always planned ….. BTW …. “conspiracy theory” is just a pejorative to keep people from thinking …… it was created by the British Tavistock Institute and it is used to halt conversation and thought …. it is mind control ……… it is gate keeping ……

            the only alternative narrative to “conspiracy” is “coincidence” ……. nothing happens by coincidence and serendipity ……… saying “conspiracy theory” halts all inquiry …….. and it is not a “theory” when the evidence supports it ………..

          • MCrow

            I see. Well, look up the actual definition of ‘theory’ sometime, but I shall not continue this point. I find arguing with conspiracy theorists a frustrating waste of time as no evidence I present is credible to them. It’s all just a coverup. But enjoy the lovely, complex, highly unlikely scenarios

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            nope … the “theory” is the official story ……… and none of them FIT the “FACTS” we were told …….. and you are right …. there is NO EVIDENCE that the “official story” is true ……..

          • MCrow

            It must be a horribly scary world you live in…you have my pity

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            it is a horribly scary world you live in as you believe any lie told to you without examination …… and that is FAR SCARIER than anything i know ………. willful blindness and ignorance is not a good way to go through life ………….. but you do it with aplomb ……..

          • MCrow

            Conspiracies are not about truth, they are about control. You want to have an enemy to fight, a boogeyman to point to, someone, something to blame. You can’t accept that some people will do terrible for ideology, faith, principal, or just because they want to not because of some conspiracy, but because they can. I look for the truth, and the truth is that most every conspiracy theory hinges on shaky evidence.

            The truth is that humans live short, boring, insignificant lives, and so they invent these fantasies where they are the noble hero fighting against the odds. In this case, you expose these villains and reveal the “truth.” If it gives you comfort, enjoy the fairy tale, but I go with the explanation that requires fewest presumptions, and in cases like these, the simplest explanation is that humans are willing to kill for ideology or impulse. History shows it over and over again.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            Conspiracies are not about truth … exactly …. you are the one who believes a conspiracy theory ….. so you are the one with a truth problem ….

            “You can’t accept that some people will do terrible for ideology, faith, principal, or just because they want to”

            no … i know that is the motivation for all men ….. all unsaved men at least …….. but the facts of what happened do not match what those “in authority” say happened ….. so it is not truth …. IT IS A LIE ……… and if they are lying …. then i have to ask WHY ….. WHY HAVE THEY CHOSEN TO LIE ….. but you cannot seem to get past that “authorities” have told you something and your “search” for truth is inactive ………..

          • MCrow

            And you have the truth? The hidden truth? That gives you power? Control? Makes you better than people like me?

            Which is always what your arguments boil down to: you’re superior because you’re chosen or have some secret truth. I’m sure it’s empowering. Meanwhile, those of us mere mortals will be trying to deal with the actual problems that are killing people.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            nope …. i have QUESTIONS that the official story CANNOT ANSWER …… and neither can you if you believe the official story …… sorry … lets be accurate ….. the OFFICIAL LIE or the governments RECEIVED REALITY ………. which is what you are relying on ………

          • MCrow

            Well, since you’re still working on the “I’m better than you” angle, nothing I’m reading disproves my statement. I shall assume you don’t have one

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            which statement would that be ….. you have made several erroneous statements …..

          • MCrow

            That all you have done is try to set yourself above people you argue against. It’s never about having the truth, it’s about you being better

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            nope …. i have never done that … but it is interesting that you feel that way about yourself … and that you try to compare that to me …. that is what is revealing ……..

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            conspiracy theories are about COVERING UP the truth …… you believe 19 Saudis brought down 3 buildings in NYC with TWO, COUNT THEM, TWO airplanes ….. but we never attack Saudi Arabia …. and you think you have the truth ………… WOW …………..you have not looked for the truth ….. you have scrupulously AVOIDED the truth ……………..

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            Paul Craig Roberts Explains “How Conspiracy Theories Really Work”

            In the United States «conspiracy theory» is the name given to explanations that differ from those that serve the ruling oligarchy, the establishment or whatever we want to call those who set and control the agendas and the explanations that support the agendas.

            The explanations imposed on us by the ruling class are themselves conspiracy theories. Moreover, they are conspiracy theories designed to hide the real conspiracy that our rulers are operating.

            For example, the official explanation of 9/11 is a conspiracy theory. Some Muslims, mainly Saudi Arabians, delivered the greatest humiliation to a superpower since David slew Goliath. They outsmarted all 17 US intelligence agencies and those of NATO and Israel, the National Security Council, the Transportation Safety Administration, Air Traffic Control, and Dick Cheney, hijacked four US airliners on one morning, brought down three World Trade Center skyscrapers, destroyed that part of the Pentagon where research was underway into the missing $2.3 billion, and caused the morons in Washington to blame Afghanistan instead of Saudi Arabia.

            Clearly, the Saudi Arabians who humiliated America were involved in a conspiracy to do so.

            Is it a believable conspiracy?

            The ability of a few young Muslim men to pull off such a feat is unbelievable. Such total failure of the US National Security State means that America was blindly vulnerable throughout the decades of Cold War with the Soviet Union. If such total failure of the National Security State had really occurred, the White House and Congress would have been screaming for an investigation. People would have been held accountable for the long chain of security failures that allowed the plot to succeed. Instead, no one was even reprimanded, and the White House resisted all efforts for an investigation for a year. Finally, to shut up the 9/11 families, a 9/11 Commission was convened. The commission duly wrote down the government’s story and that was the «investigation».

            Moreover, there is no evidence to support the official conspiracy theory of 9/11. Indeed, all known evidence contradicts the official conspiracy theory.

            For example, it is a proven fact that Building 7 came down at freefall acceleration, which means it was wired for demolition. Why was it wired for demolition? There is no official answer to this question.

            It is the known evidence provided by scientists, architects, engineers, pilots, and the first responders who were in the twin towers and personally experienced the numerous explosions that brought down the towers that is described as a conspiracy theory.

  • Lydia Church

    The Lord rebuke that man. Hail Jesus.
    satan is defeated by Christ on the cross.
    He’s bound for hell, never to rise again after his son the antichrist’s debut.
    It’s all in Revelation (the Bible).
    Pray for that sinner’s salvation.
    Then he’ll have it right side up in his life.

    • Stupid Atheist

      “The Lord rebuke that man.”

      Will He only do so if you tell Him to…?

  • Recognizing_Truth

    Mr. Vodopich,
    1) Ancient hatred is sometimes a good thing. God hates sin, and has from eternity past.
    2) Atavism is sometimes a good thing. We are called to forsake our rebellion and return to God who made us and in whom we live and move and have our being.
    3) All worldviews are not equal and thus do not deserve equality nor equal respect. The worldview of a serial killer, a psychopath, for example, are contrary to life and do not deserve respect or equality with other worldviews.

    While you are entitled to your opinion and to speak it in the public forum – a right we will defend – it does not mean anyone, let alone everyone, will agree with you. Get used to it.

  • fishing4truth

    Jesus said to them, I saw Satan falling like lightning from the sky. He is the enemy, but know that I have given you more power than he has. I have given you power to crush his snakes and scorpions under your feet. Nothing will hurt you. Yes, even the spirits obey you. And you can be
    happy, not because you have this power, but because your names are written in heaven.

    (Luke 10: 18-20)

    God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, evil men who push away the truth from them. For the truth about God is known to them instinctively; God has put this knowledge in their hearts. Since earliest times men have seen the earth and sky and all God made, and have known of his existence and great eternal power. So they will have no excuse when they stand before God at Judgment Day. Yes, they knew about him all right, but they wouldn’t admit it or worship him or even thank him for all his daily care. And after a while they began to think up silly ideas of what God was like and what he wanted them to do. The result was that their foolish minds became dark and confused. Claiming themselves to be wise without God, they became utter fools instead. And then, instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they took wood and stone and made idols for themselves, carving them to look like mere birds and animals and snakes and puny men. So God let them go ahead into every sort of sex sin, and do whatever they wanted to—yes, vile and sinful things with each other’s bodies. Instead of believing what they knew was the truth about God, they deliberately chose to believe lies. So they prayed to the things God made, but wouldn’t obey the blessed God who made these things. That is why God let go of them and let them do all these evil things, so that even their women turned against God’s natural plan for them and indulged in sex sin with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sex relationships with women, burned with lust for each other, men doing shameful things with other men and, as a result, getting paid within their own souls with the penalty they so richly deserved. So it was that when they gave God up and would not even acknowledge him, God gave them up to doing everything their evil minds could think of. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness and sin, of greed and hate, envy, murder, fighting, lying, bitterness, and gossip. They were backbiters, haters of God, insolent, proud, braggarts, always thinking of new ways of sinning and continually being disobedient to their parents. They tried to misunderstand, broke their promises, and were heartless—without pity. They were fully aware of God’s death penalty for these crimes, yet they went right ahead and did them anyway and encouraged others to do them, too. (Romans 1:20-31)

    Have no part in the things that people in darkness do, which produce nothing good. Instead, tell everyone how wrong those things are. Actually, it is shameful to even talk about the things those people do in secret. But the light makes clear how wrong those things are. Yes, everything is made clear by the light. This is why we say, “Wake up, you who are sleeping! Rise from death, and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:11-14)

    For I am God, and there is no other. I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the End from the Beginning, and from ancient times things that are NOT yet done” (Isaiah 46:9-10)

    Israel’s Protector does not get tired, He never sleeps. The Lord is your Protector. The Lord stands by your side, shading and protecting you. The sun cannot harm you during the day, and the moon cannot harm you at night. The Lord will protect you from every danger. He will protect your soul. The Lord will protect you as you come and go, both now and forever!
    (from Psalm 121)

    Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)