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Satanist convicted of disrupting government meeting in Florida

Posted: 7:34 AM, Aug 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-09 11:20:42-04

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida religious freedom activist and self-proclaimed Satanist who objects to prayers before government meetings has been convicted of disrupting a meeting.

The Pensacola News Journal  reports that a judge found David Suhor guilty this week of trespassing and resisting arrest and sentenced him to three months of probation.

Authorities say Suhor, a member of the West Florida Chapter of The Satanic Temple, was arrested at an Emerald Coast Utilities Authority meeting in February.

ECUA Chairwoman Lois Benson says the board holds a prayer before the meeting officially starts.

Suhor approached the dais and continued to recite the Lord's Prayer after Benson tried to start the meeting.

Officials say a deputy and a security guard had to drag Suhor from the meeting.

Suhor drew national attention in 2016 when he delivered a Satanic prayer before the Pensacola City Council.

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Information from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal,  http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com