Scottsdale cancels plan to allow Satanic invocation at July council meeting

Scottsdale cancels plan to allow Satanic invocation at July council meeting

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Tucson-based Satanic group will no longer deliver the invocation at an upcoming city council meeting in Scottsdale after the city decided to cancel its plans.

"The city is not going to deviate from its long standing practice of having the invocation given only by representatives from institutions that have a substantial connection to the Scottsdale community," said the city in a statement released Monday, May 23. "Therefore, we are making other arrangements for the invocation to be given on July 6."

The Satanic Temple member Stu De Haan of Tucson said the group originally got permission to speak at a meeting in April, but the city changed the date to July 6. The city ultimately said no.

"Why did they put us on the calendar to begin with?" Haan said. "I'm starting to question whether they made that up or have some kind of pretext. We were actually approved, and discriminated against."

The Satanic group last made headlines in Phoenix at a city hall meeting, when they planned to deliver a Satanic invocation there. City council members later voted to end prayers at their meetings altogether before the group could speak.

The city of Scottsdale did not release any further information on its decision. Meanwhile, the group is trying to figure out whether it will take any legal action against the city.

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