Boca Raton violating our Constitutional Rights?

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It is our understanding that Boca Raton City Council sessions include an invocation that is led by council members. This practice is unconstitutional under the recent Supreme Court case Greece v. Galloway and must be changed.

Turning your attention to our Satan or Silence project, here’s an email to the City of Boca Raton:

Kindly add me to the invocation rotation, where at the very next available opening, I’d like to give a Satanic Invocation before the most august Boca Raton City Commission.

My invocation will lend gravity to the occasion and reflect values long part of the Nation’s heritage. The invocation will be solemn and respectful in tone, and invite lawmakers to reflect upon shared ideas and common ends.

You might have heard rumors about twerking … I have personal assurances from Satan himself that our invocation will be very memorable, filled to the brim with gravitas and inspiration, and though it pains us (as twerking is a key component of our religious observance — along with plenty of cold beer and hot delicious nachos), our unheavenly Twerking Deacons of Sin will have the night off, roaming the earth to cause mischief elsewhere.

All Hail Satan!

PS Black attire not required, but suggested.

In response, the Assistant City Clerk writes,

We received your e-mail of September 19, 2015 requesting to be added to the “invocation rotation” for upcoming Boca Raton City Council meetings.  Please note that there is no invocation rotation for City Council meetings; the meetings do not include an invocation from clergy or the public.

Not. Good.

I reached out to our friends at the Freedom From Religious Foundation for some help.

Said help.

The Court in Galloway only approved opening a neutral forum for others, including non-Christians and atheists, to give invocations. “Our Government is prohibited from prescribing prayers to be recited in our public institutions.” Galloway, 134 S. Ct. at1822 (citing Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421, 430 (1962)).

Your move Boca.

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