Atheist Legislator in Arizona Blocked from Giving Invocation That Doesn’t Reference a Higher Power

In 2013, when Arizona State Rep. Juan Mendez delivered an atheist invocation on the House floor, the celebration was short-lived. One of his religious colleagues gave a second Christian invocation the following day. As if God would use it to offset the secular invocation in some sort of weird karmic rebalancing.

Things went a little better when Mendez delivered a secular invocation in 2014.

So when Mendez signed up in January to give the invocation that took place yesterday, you’d think there’d be no problem at all.

Instead, House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro blocked him from giving the speech, citing an unofficial rule that all invocations had to be made to a Higher Power.

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Phoenix City Council Will Replace Invocation with Moment of Silence To Spite Satanic Temple

Tonight, the City Council of Phoenix, AZ convened to consider proposed measures aimed specifically at blocking The Satanic Temple from delivering any invocations in the “open forum” of their Council Chambers.

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This November, Arizona Atheist Will Challenge State Rep. Organizing Prayer Rally Against Satanists

We’re still waiting to find out if the Phoenix City Council in Arizona will allow members of The Satanic Temple to deliver an invocation prayer at a meeting on February 17.

I posted the other day about how State Rep. Kelly Townsend doesn’t want to wait for the answer. She already announced a prayer rally to counteract whatever damage the Satanists may cause.

It’s in part because of stunts like this that Townsend is being challenged in her upcoming re-election bid for Arizona State Representative.

And that challenger, Democrat Cara Prior, is openly atheist (and a courteous one at that).

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The Phoenix (AZ) City Council Is Now Trying to Block Satanists from Delivering Invocation Prayers

It was just a couple of days ago that we learned the Phoenix (Arizona) City Council had given the green light to members of The Satanic Temple to deliver an invocation prayer at a meeting on February 17.

Satanic Templars Michelle Shortt (below) and Stu de Haan would be delivering the address:

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But now that word has gotten out about this, city officials are frantically trying to put the genie back in the bottle.

On Friday night, council members held an “emergency meeting” that would shut the door to the Satanists. Instead of having an open forum where anyone could request a date to deliver an invocation prayer, they want to create a rotating system where invocation speakers would have to be pre-approved.

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Satanists Will Deliver Invocation at Phoenix City Council Meeting Next Month

The Phoenix (Arizona) City Council has invocation prayers at meetings. While they’re almost always Christian, you all know the rules by now: If one group gets to say a prayer, the door is open for everyone else. And The Satanic Temple has finally received a green light.

Next month, two local members — Satanic Templars Michelle Shortt (below) and Stu de Haan — will deliver the address:

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