In Scottsdale we’ve told Satanists who want to disrupt our invocations that’s not going to happen.
You have probably been reading about a new “Satanic Temple” that has been going from city to city seeking to deliver invocations ahead of city council meetings. I believe the real goal of this group is to force cities to abandon traditional invocations.
We’re not letting that happen in Scottsdale.
The city has said no to this Tucson-based “Satanic Temple” that demanded to lead an invocation.
You can read about it in this editorial from the Arizona Republic.
This group’s thinking is that cities want to avoid any possible conflicts and would choose to do away with traditional invocations rather than allow someone to extol the virtues of Satan before a city council meeting. Phoenix did this.
In Scottsdale we’ve decided to keep our traditional invocations and we’ve decided to send this Satanist sideshow elsewhere.
Only institutions with a substantial connection to the Scottsdale community will be allowed to give invocations. And this city is blessed to have institutions from many faiths.
These so-called Satanists who wanted to turn our invocation into a publicity circus won’t get that opportunity in Scottsdale.
Some say just let them do a “Satanic Prayer” and walk out. That’s not good enough. Rather than walk out, we’re standing up to this ridiculing of religion.
Some things are worth fighting for.
These invocations celebrate our diversity, as we have heard respectful and thoughtful messages from Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and countless other faiths.
But this Satanist group isn’t interested in co-existing. This group is about silencing invocations and making a mockery of those with faith.
Not on my watch. Not in the best city in America. We’re telling the Satanists, hell no.