Satanist Opens County Commissioners Meeting by Hailing Satan

A Nevada county commissioners group allowed a Satanist to open its meeting with a religious ceremony earlier this week.

Jason Miller, founder of Reno Satanic, delivered an invocation before the Washoe County Commission Tuesday that began with praising "the name of the eternal rebel against tyrannical authority," and ending with "Hail, Satan."

One commissioner, Clara Andriola, stormed out of the meeting in protest of the invocation.

Andriola had been advocating since the summer of 2023 to add prayers to the start of meetings.

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The goal was to open it to faith leaders, however, due the county's interpretation of legal compliance, anyone, religious or not, could deliver an invocation.

"The federal law is that you don't have to open your floor for invocations," explained Nate Edwards, with the Washoe County district attorney's office. "If you do open your floor for invocations, then federal law is that you have to let everybody have a turn signing up."

And that is exactly what Miller did.

He "prayed" that commission members would be guided by "nobility and justice to the decisions made in this chamber today," and that they would "act with might in the undertaking of responsibility that may lay ahead of this body before us today."

Miller also praised freedom of expression, intellectual inquiry, and the beauty of the natural world in his prayer to Satan. "For our liberation, here and now is our day of joy. Here and now is our opportunity," he continued.

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