PHOENIX (AP) – Several Phoenix City Council members want voters to decide whether to replace a longstanding tradition of prayer before council meetings with a moment of silence prayer.
The council voted 5-4 Wednesday to scrap spoken invocations after a Tucson-based group calling itself The Satanic Temple signed up to have a representative deliver the prayer before the council’s Feb. 17 meeting.
Group members said they don’t worship Satan but invoke the name as a metaphor as they oppose what they call religious tyranny.
Council member Sal DiCiccio (dih-SEE’-see-oh) says he and two other council members are asking for a council vote to put the prayer issue on Phoenix’s next election ballot.
DiCiccio unsuccessfully sought to implement a new system to have the mayor and council members take turns deciding who gives spoken invocations.
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