Alaska court: Borough prayer policy violates constitution

HOMER, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska court says a borough’s policy on assembly meeting prayer violates the state constitution.

The Homer News reported Tuesday the Alaska Superior Court ruled the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s policy violated a ban on the government establishing an official religion or favoring one religion over another.

The borough had claimed a policy it adopted in 2016 was inclusive of all religious groups.

The policy said invocations could only be delivered by chaplains serving the military, law enforcement and other agencies or members of locally established religious organizations.

An atheist, a member of The Satantic Temple and a member of Homer’s small Jewish community applied to give invocations after the policy was established. They were denied because they didn’t belong to official organizations with an established presence on the peninsula.

Information from: The Homer (Alaska) News, http://www.homernews.com

SHARE

RELATED CONTENT

Fairbanks motorcycle driver dies in crash into trees Anchorage votes to adopt climate action plan for Alaska city Alaska university power plant tests draw neighbor complaints Dead gray whale found on Kodiak is Alaska’s third this year Jury convicts 2 in 2018 robbery of Anchorage credit union Man dies in 3rd fatal Alaska plane crash in 8 days
Comments