Seeing Red AZ recently covered the Phoenix City Council’s plan — on the advice of its legal council — to allow a Satanist to deliver the “invocation” (formerly known as the opening prayer), at the Council’s Feb. 17 meeting.
As might be expected, all hell broke loose. The majority of council members were not onboard with this affront. Satanist Stuart de Haan, a Tucson lawyer equipped with a king-sized agenda, initially made the request, saying his group is opposed to “religious tyranny” — presumably his view of prayer. The Satanists threatened a lawsuit.
The daily reported that Phoenix City Attorney Brad Holm’s statement provided no recourse:
“Consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court’s direction, the city cannot dictate religious viewpoints or the content of a prayer, Holm wrote. “In addition, government may not exclude a denomination or a religion from praying under these circumstances.”
In response, the council, after hearing testimony from both sides, voted to replace the traditional prayer with a moment of silence, according to this Fox News report.
But the saga doesn’t end there. On Thursday, AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham’s spokesman blasted out an email titled, “We Need Prayer!” There’s nothing to disagree with in the content of Graham’s message, but the last paragraph and follow-up sentence were puzzling:.
“If a show of humility to God, rich in the American tradition, is to be ended because of a few satanic bullies, how are we going to fix some of our community’s and nation’s most pressing problems? Maybe it is time we send a message to the Phoenix City Council that they are out of touch with the people of Phoenix.”
Graham is collecting information necessary to create a ballot initiative to reinstate public prayer, as well as for the recall of elected Phoenix public officials.
Is Graham aiming for the mayor, the city attorney or the council members?