Satanic Temple asks City Council to give invocation

Wu tells the Globe each councilor can invite about three people each year to give the invocation

In this Jan. 13, 2016 photo, Boston City Council President Michelle Wu presides over a meeting at City Hall in Boston. Wu has made history with her election as the council's first Asian-American president. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON (AP) — Satanists want to give their blessings to city leaders in Boston.

The Boston Globe reports a local chapter of the Satanic Temple is asking the City Council to give the invocation that typically kicks off their City Hall meetings.

In a letter Tuesday to City Council President Michelle Wu, the chapter argued it would be a “breach of the first amendment” for the council to turn down the request.

The “politically aware, non-theistic” organization says those giving the opening prayer are “overwhelmingly Christian.”

Other Satanic Temple chapters have made similar requests in other cities. The organization recently opened its international headquarters in Salem, Massachusetts, home of the notorious Colonial era witch trials.

Wu tells the Globe each councilor can invite about three people each year to give the invocation.

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Information from: The Boston Globe

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