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LIVE: PHX council meeting on Satanist prayer

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Posted at 3:07 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-03 20:27:08-05

Watch as the Phoenix City Council meets. On today's agenda, the issue of allowing a group of Satanists to deliver the prayer before a city meeting, which a group of council members are trying to block. 

The Satanist Temple prayer planned at a Phoenix City Council meeting in mid-February could be effectively blocked if council members vote to change prayer rules. 

The rule change would require individual council members or the mayor to invite someone to deliver the prayer before a meeting. The political calculus is that no elected official would extend such an invite to a Satanist.

If that rule change is passed with an emergency clause, which requires a two-thirds majority, the rule becomes effective after 24 hours and would effectively cancel the planned February 17 Satanist prayer. That is, unless a city council member or Mayor Greg Stanton extends the prayer invite to the Satanists.