Kenai Assembly hears Satanic Temple invocation again, but perhaps for the last time

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Iris Fontana reads a satanic invocation before the Kenai Borough Assembly meeting of Dec. 12, 2023.

Satanic doxologies were recited for what may be the last “official” time during an invocation moment at Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meetings.

After the pre-meeting invocations were taken advantage of by atheists and satanists who got themselves on the invocation list, the Assembly voted that future invocations will be given by either chaplains from the fire department as designated by the Assembly president, a policy that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2024.

“Hail Satan,” was recited again on Dec. 12 by Iris Fontana of the Satanic Temple, who had also read from her smart phone a message in support of her beliefs, “Let us embrace the Luciferian impulse to eat at the tree of knowledge and dissipate our blissful and comforting delusions of old. Let us demand that individuals be judged for their concrete actions, not their fealty to arbitrary social norms and illusory categorizations.”

The change to the new invocation procedure was initiated earlier this year by Borough Mayor Peter Micciche, Assembly Vice President Tyson Cox, and Assemblywoman Kelly Cooper. It was voted on last month.

Fritz Creek community member Barrett Fletcher, wearing a steel colander on his head and representing the “Pastafarians” or Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, told the Assembly he will probably file a lawsuit over the new invocation procedure. He said the only way to get rid of unwanted invocations was to ban them altogether.

“I’ll be listening very closely to the chaplains that will be giving the invocation from now on, and if I happen to hear them invoke any specific deity while failing to acknowledge the true creator of the universe, the great Flying Spaghetti Monster, I’ll be suing,” he said.

During last month’s meeting when the change was made, Mayor Micciche said that the invocations had become more like lectures and less like inspiration, “more and more, sort of, politically motivated speeches that seldom ask for any help or support for the Assembly. This is a standardized way for a volunteer who is trained in exactly what an invocation represents to deliver a two-minute, or under, opening to our meeting.”

In other communities in Alaska, the invocation has been dropped entirely and replaced with a “land acknowledgement” statement that declares that the land belongs to one Native group or another, and that people who are not native are colonizers.

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  1. The Satanist mock Christianity and pretend to not have a moral standard that they’d push in law, but then they demand that fake demonic prayers be allowed. You exceed notice that those who supposedly don’t believe appear to embrace that position so they can rebel sexually. Christian nations do not allow pornography, child sacrifice abortion, homosexuality, prostitution, transgendering, women voting, and Satanist making mock speeches in the assembly. The Christians who wrote the original laws, would have never allowed such things. The Christians today, who allow such things, are emasculated and care more about money and ease than protecting their neighbors. Your fathers, who had a Christian vision of what separation of church and state should look like, would have flipped the tables and thrown this garbage out.

    • Problem for you is this is not, nor ever has been a Christian nation. We are a Constitutional Republic whose population is mostly, but by no means exclusively Christian.

      It’s a good thing we’re not because we’d have long ago committed national suicide as the 31 flavors of Christianity fought it out for supremacy.

      If you actually understood the history of faith, you’d know some of the most pathetic acts throughout western history (US included) were committed by “Christians”

      Lighten up, Francis.

    • I agree, wholeheartedly. Mr. Knox, my husband and I are new to the peninsula. Is there a way to get in contact with you? We are if like mind and have found, in this borough-a lack of wanting a change. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in please contact us.

  2. I’m old enough to remember when this all started at the Assembly meetings and cringed when the Assembly at the time tried to restrict the opener to pastors only, knowing what was to come..When they told a Jewish attorney that she couldn’t lead an invocation, it was no surprise that it was found unconstitutional..at least she successfully led a well balanced and successful challenge without having to resort to the lunacy of spaghetti religions…”Fletch” is indeed one of Homer’s loony tunes but he ain’t entirely wrong to challenge this in his own attention seeking way with the colander hat protecting an empty skull..This is, after all, the USA where you can’t get away too long with enforcing a religion NOR restricting a religion, (except during a plandemic, it appears), regardless of how evil and asinine it is or appears to be..They should just let it go and quit trying to play God in a godless society..My Savior is powerful and doesn’t need their “help”

    • “successful challenge without having to resort to the lunacy of spaghetti religions”

      Um to rational thinking people, ALL religions sound like lunacy.
      “Spaghetti” religions just speak to that and mock it since they all seem so crazy as to invoke a being that apparently lives in the vacuum of space above.

      • You seem to like the word “rational” but apparently, reading your responses, I don’t believe that word means what you think it means..the lunacy is in the cultish minds of those that dismiss the faith of others without exploring the reality of an intelligent design outside their own little world..While I appreciate the humor of the Spaghetti cult, the reality is anything but rational…

  3. “In other communities in Alaska, the invocation has been dropped entirely and replaced with a “land acknowledgement” statement that declares that the land belongs to one Native group or another, and that people who are not native are colonizers.” Within that Native population how many can trace their heritage back to the very first wave of migration? Any who came after that would also by necessity be viewed as invaders and colonizers. And how do the various Native tribes view other Native tribes who attacked them, killed or enslaved some of them and took their lands? Aren’t they invaders also? In more modern times if a Native from an outside tribe, maybe from Arizona or even South America, moves to Alaska wouldn’t they be invaders and colonizers also? What if an Alaska Native moved to Arizona? Wouldn’t that person be guilty of invading land he or she didn’t have an imaginary ancestral right to occupy? See…these people are shallow thinkers who are just trying to push a divisive agenda either for gain or because they’re plain stupid. Here’s the truth…you are native to where you were born, regardless of skin color, and, as Americans, we have a right to settle anywhere within our country that we want.

  4. At creation our friendly republic was formed “declared” the ideology to be Christian. A historic fact: not anything else. We desire the “blessings” (word is a Christian belief term not Molech goat worship term etc.) of liberty.

  5. Why the Kenai assembly and Mayor even stay in the same room. I would had excused myself and been absent. Satan is creepy. Too creepy for me to stay in the same room while someone creepier pays tribute.

    • Not any creepier than Catholics believing they’re drinking the blood and eating the flesh of an undead savior. For someone who constantly makes intensely religious posts on here, I find it laughable that you find other viewpoints tribal and superstitious, yet you think your own beliefs are perfectly rationale.

  6. Seems to me that there should some discussion of religion – a man or group of men’s interpretation of scripture, vs. Christianity, personally following the Lord and allowing the scriptures and spirit to guide you, again, personally. – Cheers

  7. Why doesn’t her looks surprise me? Always the “look” of “them”…. as the joke goes,” Little Billy asks his science, ‘Why does blue hair cause obesity?”

    • You get it! 👍 I’m totally capable of praying by myself and don ‘t require someone to do it for me..I am a chaplain and wouldn’t volunteer to lead a prayer that had such restrictions that God or Jesus can’t be mentioned…I suspect leaders of other faiths would feel the same…

  8. Why get started, why not just cease to exist. If there is a purpose of government, then you should appeal to the creator as you seek to find and live out that purpose. It’s fitting, like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

  9. This is disappointing…. Kenai?!?!? Alaska?!?!? This is strange and we all try to protect the chaos and weirdness of the lower 48 creeping into Alaska like creeps….dont maje things weird sheesh. 🙄

  10. Satanic stuff aside, what’s this Land acknowledgement BS…

    An “formal” “actionable statement” ~~ “towards decolonization”

    I’m all for recognizing and appreciation of past land owners and people/culture. But I will not support an actionable statement (land acknowledgement) included in town meetings.

    “Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement recognizing the Indigenous people of a place. It is a public gesture of appreciation for the past and present Indigenous stewardship of the lands that we now occupy.

    It is an actionable statement that marks our collective movement towards decolonization and equity.”

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