Satanic Prayer Suit Has More Than A Snowball's Chance

Law360 (July 22, 2021, 12:41 PM EDT) -- A suit brought by a Satanic temple seeking to give an invocation at Boston City Council meetings will go forward after a judge ruled Wednesday that the city's prayer selection policy may be unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs found that the Salem, Massachusetts-based Satanic Temple Inc. had done enough to show a possible violation of the Establishment Clause, which prohibits favoring one religious denomination over another.

Boston city councilors are allowed to invite clergy members from their districts to offer pre-meeting prayers, and the satanists sued because they say they are being left out.

Judge Burroughs pointed to the...

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