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Government meeting opens with 'Hail Satan' prayer

• washingtontimes.com, Associated Press

Tuesday's invocation that started the meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough also spurred a protest outside the southern Alaska borough's administration building that drew 40 people, The Peninsula Clarion newspaper reported .

Protesters held signs saying "reject Satan and his works" and "know Jesus and his love."

During her invocation, Satanic Temple member Iris Fontana said, "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," Kenai radio station KSRM reported .

She was among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit litigated by the ACLU of Alaska against the borough after it approved a 2016 policy saying that people who wanted to give the invocations at the government body's meetings had to belong to official organizations with an established presence on the Kenai Peninsula, which lies 75 miles (121 kilometers) south of Anchorage. Other plaintiffs who had been denied permission to give the invocations included an atheist and a Jewish woman.

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