Source – Several attendees at a government meeting open to the public in Alaska walked out in protest after an opening prayer praised Satan.
The Associated Press reports the prayer, where a woman declared “Hail Satan,” was given by Satanic Temple member Iris Fontana, who won the right to open the meeting with an invocation of her choice.
“That which will not bend, must break, and that which can be destroyed by truth should never be spared as demise. It is done, hail Satan,” Fontana said to open the meeting, according to local radio station KSRM
The controversial prayer Tuesday night started the meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough and prompted several attendees to exit. …
Fontana was reportedly among one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit litigated by the ACLU of Alaska against the borough. …
Last year, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the borough policy was unconstitutional.
This is not the first time someone won a court battle like this to read a weirdo prayer or put a pagan display next to a Christmas display or throw a Satanic monument up at a veteran’s memorial or something wear a colander on their heads in their driver’s license photo because they worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster. And it won’t be the last.
Look, I get it. It’s an intellectual argument built around the definition of religion and what role it should play in public discourse. Great. No part of me is worried that Iris Fontana’s words are a dark magic spell that’s going to break the Seventh Seal, the ground will open up and swallow part of Alaska into Dante’s “Inferno” or the album cover of an 80s Heavy Metal band. Go nuts, Iris. Do your worst, ACLU. Go ahead and make your point.
My only issue/question is, then what? When she’s smugly walking out of whatever hall the Kenai Peninsula Borough government meets all satisfied and telling herself “I sure showed them,” what comes next? Say what you want about traditional religions – and I agree they make a big, slow-moving and inviting target at times – they tend to back up their talk with action.
What are the plans of the Satanic Temple once their point has been made? Are they going to go build Satan’s Childrens Hospital where they do research into cures for diseases and treat families for free? Is Iris Fontana headed off to some impoverished, war torn hell hole (you’ll have to pardon my expression) to dig clean wells in the name of Beelzebub? How soon do they break ground on that Prince of Darkness orphanage that places children into adoptive families?
Surprise: They won’t do any of those things. There’s nothing behind this beyond simply making their point. About winning an argument for the sake of the argument and nothing more. Which is always the case with groups like this. They’re children. Just trying to get noticed by their parents. And since they can’t do it with grades, athletics, artistic talent, making Eagle Scout or popularity, they take the oldest short cut of all time: Pissing them off with a fight. The problem with that is mom and dad have heard it before, are bored with it and they’ve got more important shit to deal with. But still, congrats on your huge victory, Satanic Temple. Keep up the good work you’ve never done.