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Scottsdale City Council cancels Satanic invocation

The City of Scottsdale is saying no to Satan. The Satanic Temple will not give the opening invocation at the July 6 City Council meeting, as previously scheduled.

The Phoenix City Council is set to discuss prayer and constitutional rights Wednesday, after members of a Satanic group requested to lead the invocation at an upcoming city council meeting.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The City of Scottsdale is saying no to Satan. The Satanic Temple will not give the opening invocation at the July 6 City Council meeting, as previously scheduled.

In a statement, City leaders say: "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. Therefore we are making other arrangements for the invocation to be given on July 6."

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The City of Phoenix recently went through a similar battle before voting to change from opening with an invocation or prayer to having a "moment of silent prayer."