The ACLU of Alaska is pleased to hear that the Kenai Borough Assembly has amended its invocations policy and will return to allowing all residents to fully participate in local civic life.

ACLU of Alaska Applauds Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly for Reversing Unconstitutional Invocation Policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 23, 2016
SOLDOTNA, ALASKA – Last night, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly ended its unconstitutional policy of using a religion test to decide who may give invocations before Assembly meetings. In response, American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska Executive Director Joshua A. Decker stated:
“The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is pleased that the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly heeded our concerns and rescinded its unconstitutional religion test to decide who may—and may not—give invocations before Assembly meetings. We trust that, just as before and as the Constitution requires, the Assembly will once again allow anyone—religious believers, agnostics, and atheists—to solemnize Assembly meetings and fully participate in the public civic life of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.” 
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