Satanic Temple Sues to “Pray” at City Council
The Satanic Temple states that they do not worship Satan but the concept of rebellion. Many of the followers are intellectuals. They state they do not believe in curses or of the Satan in the Bible. They are deceived and are unknowingly misguided and are led to take stands against the ways of God. They are aggressively pushing for visibility and “rights” in civic life. Intercessors need to pray about these legal efforts to disrupt and destroy what religious freedom means in America.
From Law.com. The case involves a constitutional issue of first impression regarding whether the Satanic Temple should be allowed to lead the prayer that opens each Boston City Council session.
In a first-impression case over whether the Satanic Temple should be allowed to lead the prayer that begins each Boston City Council session, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has warned the religious organization against “distracting from the significance” of its otherwise “meaningful legal challenge with potentially broad effect….”
According to the court’s opinion, the Boston City Council begins each session with a prayer. Council members take turns choosing a guest speaker to deliver the invocation. Despite repeated requests for their turn to deliver the prayer, the Satanic Temple has never been invited.
The Satanic Temple challenged the constitutionality of the Boston City Council’s denial of their request to participate and the legislative prayer practice as violations of the establishment clause of the First Amendment, the free speech clause and free exercise clause of the First Amendment, the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, and the free exercise clause of the Massachusetts Constitution….
On Oct. 22, 2021, the Satanic Temple served a subpoena on then-City Councilor Michelle Wu for a Nov. 2 deposition at their Salem, Massachusetts, location. Wu was the frontrunner in the mayoral race and Election Day was Nov. 2. The city responded that Wu would be unavailable to appear and offered to reschedule. The counsel for the Satanic Temple refused to reschedule the date.
In response, the city provided the Satanic Temple with a list of 47 other people “who might possess relevant information” and who would be “more convenient, less burdensome, and less expensive.” U.S. District Judge Angel Kelley of the District of Massachusetts questioned the motives of the Satanic Temple requesting a deposition of Wu only….
Kelley added, “it is exceptionally bad faith to intentionally notice deposition for a date and time when a party knows the deponent will be unavailable or greatly inconvenienced.” Kelley also took issue with Kezhaya’s explanatory letter to the court, in which he stated his responsibility to his client includes “a sworn duty to do anything short of breaking the law….”
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