Kenai Peninsula Borough prayer policy violates Alaska Constitution, court rules

An Alaska court says the Kenai Peninsula Borough's policy on assembly meeting prayer violates the state constitution.

The Homer News reported that the Alaska Superior Court ruled the borough's policy violated a ban on government establishing an official religion or favoring one religion over another.

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

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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 Kenai Peninsula.