Phoenix council replaces prayer with silence

- The battle over whether or not a Satanic Temple should be allowed to perform the opening invocation at a Phoenix City Council meeting appears to be over.

Members of the Satanic Temple from Tucson were set to deliver a satanic prayer at the February 17th Phoenix City Council meeting, but some are not happy about it.

On Wednesday, the council discussed a new rules that would change the invocation to be a moment of silent prayer instead of an invocation. A vote was held and the motion passed.

The council was considering changes that would only allow Phoenix residents to deliver prayers. It would also have allowed the mayor and eight council members to choose who leads future prayers on a rotating basis. The motion did not pass.

City officials issued the following statement on the matter: "Tonight the Phoenix City Council approved amending the practice related to invocations.  Effective immediately, and from this point forward, the new practice for the invocation will be a moment of silent prayer.  The invocation is considered a city practice and the Council has the authority to change a city practice.   At the next formal Phoenix City Council meeting on Wednesday, February 17, a moment of silent prayer will begin the meeting. "

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