Officials with The Satanic Temple wanted to give a summons at a City Council meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, and all hell broke loose – legally.
Satanic Temple Inc. and a number of related lawsuits sued the city of Scottsdale in federal court, claiming that it had discriminated against it on the basis of its religious beliefs, after the city refused to allow temple officials to make a religious summons at a city council meeting. documents filed Tuesday in the 9th U.S. District Court. in San Francisco.
After a two-day bench trial, a federal district court in Arizona ruled in favor of the city and found that the temple "could not prove by a consideration of the evidence that the city had discriminated against (it) on the basis of (temple) religious beliefs or identity. .
On appeal, the temple stated that the district court did not consider two emails from two council members expressing position to the temple giving a summons. The Board of Appeal, in turn, stated that “the district court correctly concluded that the emails were not permissible … and were inadmissible as hearsay, as (the temple) did not provide any evidence to show that any of the council members acted as an adjoining city councilor. with sending emails.