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Satanists give the thumbs-up to Florida’s ‘prayer in school’ bill

Governor Rick Scott: darling of the Florida's Satanists

Governor Rick Scott: darling of Florida’s Satanists

FLORIDA’S Governor Rick Scott is one of those loons who believe that prayer has a place in schools – and group of Satanists agree with him.

Scott’s Senate Bill 98 allows:

District school boards adopt resolutions that allow prayers by students at school events.

Florida’s Satanists are over the moon, and are planning a rally to celebrate the passage of the bill.

Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves said that the temple, formed in 2012, is “more or less an online community,” though they are planning on forming an operational base in New York.

Greaves also said that members of The Satanic Temple “have a sense of civic responsibility” and that they’d like to share their “side of theology” the same way that Christians and Jews do.

We feel it’s time for Satanists to come out and say exactly who we are.

According the Satanic Temple’s official website, Satanists:

Are popularly demonized as a result of misunderstandings, intolerance and fear-mongering opportunism.

It also says that Satan:

Has the compassion and wisdom of an angel.

Greaves said that Satanists view the Devil as compassionate, just like any member of any religion views their own deity.

The name Satan resonates with a lot of people.

In this report, Greaves said that his temple supported the Governor because he had reaffirmed:

Our American freedom to practice our faith openly, allowing our Satanic children the freedom to pray in school.

Greaves added the bill, which was slammed by groups like Americans United for Separation of Church and State, helps:

Alternative, marginalized religions. When it comes to faith-based initiatives, that’s the kind of the thing that gives minority religions access to foundational funding.

The rally is set to take place on January 25 on the steps of the State Capitol in Tallahassee.

Hat tip: John C

28 Responses to “Satanists give the thumbs-up to Florida’s ‘prayer in school’ bill”

  1. JohnMWhite says:

    Children were never not allowed to pray in public schools. The schools were simply never allowed to lead students in prayer because, astonishingly, there could be all sorts of different students who pray in different ways and even some who don’t pray at all, and they are supposed to feel as welcome and trusting in a public school as anybody else. As usual, Christians fail to think through the consequences of their special pleading. It will be interesting to see how they react to their sworn enemies using the legislation they were so eager to pass.

    A shame that the Florida legislature continues to waste their time on bills changing nothing and annoying many. I guess it’s better than having some sort of reasonable discussion about the consequences of stand your ground laws or considering any form of gun control. We wouldn’t want people to get the idea that government could ever be useful.

  2. barriejohn says:

    The right wing are already squealing over the demands of Muslim students for special concessions. Have they no common sense?

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/02/islamic-supremacism-in-new-jersey-muslim-prayer-in-public-school.html

  3. barriejohn says:

    Is Rick Scott a hybrid of Jim Carrey and Richard Carpenter, BTW?

  4. JohnMWhite says:

    @barriejohn – I can’t even tell if that’s a parody website or not. That’s just insane. Oh my god they want footbaths in airports! It’s creeping Shariah!!

    The sad part is that nobody twigged that there’s something a bit wrong with a school where a student seeking privacy has to fight tooth and nail for it. What’s so hard about letting a student stay inside during recess? Or directing them to the bathroom?

  5. Daz says:

    Ah, welcome, America, to the slippery, K.Y.-covered slope of state-endorsed religion.

  6. barriejohn says:

    JMW: It’s Pamela Geller’s official blog!

  7. ZombieHunter says:

    I’ve had a look at the satanic temples website, it seems that they are theistic satanists but it’s hard to see if they are for real or just taking the piss unlike laveyan/philisophical which is basically just taking the piss, though at least laveyan satanists just see the bible as a fictional story were god is the symbol of opression and satan is a symbol of rebellion.

    As a metalhead I must admit I have told people I’m a satanist just to wind them up and it works and it’s hilarious :P

  8. Buffy says:

    That’s the way to put an end to these nutjobs and their constant attempts to force religion into places where it doesn’t belong–have some Satanists or Muslims take advantage of the laws. Christians always think when they advocate official prayer, “holy book” distribution, or whatnot in places that it will be theirs. They lose their minds when they realize they can’t keep other people from participating, and quickly decide to nix the idea.

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  10. barriejohn says:

    This is almost too funny for words. Anyone who swallows their line that this is not about “proselytizing” needs their brain read!

    http://www.bibleinschools.net/

  11. barriejohn says:

    And they’re not giving up control in Ireland without a fight:

    http://www.independent.ie/national-news/church-wants-a-state-promise-on-ethos-in-schools-3361594.html

    (How I love that word “ethos”: “We want freedom to brainwash the kids.”)

  12. barriejohn says:

    And they’re not giving up control in Ireland without a fight:

    http://www.independent.ie/national-news/church-wants-a-state-promise-on-ethos-in-schools-3361594.html

    (How I love that word “ethos”: “We want freedom to brainwash the kids.”)

  13. Marky Mark says:

    (We wouldn’t want people to get the idea that government could ever be useful.)

    …government can be useful, it just depends on who has control of it.

  14. Daz says:

    OT

    Peter Hitchens has his nose in a sling again.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2265178/Our-nation-knees-Church-Human-Rights.html

    Interesting how uses “worship” of human rights as a sneer, yet seems to have no problem with worship of invisible men in the sky. And, to be honest, if I had to “worship” anything, human rights would be a pretty damn good altar to lay my hand on.

  15. RabbitOnAStick says:

    I was wondering if the two lights behind Scott are the landing lights from the spaceship that brought him here?

  16. AgentCormac says:

    Doo, de, do, do, doooo!

  17. Stonyground says:

    “Interesting how uses “worship” of human rights as a sneer…”

    Indeed, it is interesting to see the ‘Persecuted Four’ playing the human rights card for all that it is worth when they were claiming that their rights were being infringed. When it comes to them dumping on the rights of others, then suddenly human rights are two dirty words. Maybe human rights needs to be something that you have to sign up to in order to claim protection for yourself. That way, the two gay bashers could have been thrown out right from the start.

  18. barriejohn says:

    More about American schooling here, in case you haven’t seen it yet:

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2013/01/21/creationism-and-racism/

  19. barriejohn says:

    Evidently, the fundies are still visiting the Science Blogs (why doesn’t Myers just stop posting there?). Their comments are beyond belief, as usual!

    http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2013/01/22/creationism-and-racism/

    Where are all the transitional fossils? Nowhere to be seen. Take your BLIND FAITH and preach it somewhere else other than the public classroom. Anyone that suggests that there is shred of real evidence that actually supports macroevolution is either completely ignorant of any facts or a liar. Wishful thinking is all evolutionists rely on.

    Unlike creationists, for example!

  20. AgentCormac says:

    barriejohn

    The fundies’ lack of knowledge is, as ever, breathtaking. They are so stupidly blinkered to the facts that it is hard for people who value empirical evidence to understand how they can be so infuriatingly ignorant and in such denial. Until, that is, one considers their upbringing – and here you will have more experience than pretty much anybody else on this blog. I’m guessing that when you have been scared utterly shitless and basically indoctrinated from birth, it’s pretty difficult to escape from the mental prison you have been put in. No matter how much the evidence tells you otherwise.

    These people undoubtedly deserve our pity. Obviously need our help. Yet openly invite our ridicule. For one, I’m glad that your story sets an example that can and must be followed.

  21. Matt Westwood says:

    IMO the Satanists are just being mischievous here.

  22. RabbitOnAStick says:

    what a terrible crime to perpetrate against people. Telling them that they are going to suffer and not enjoy life. But when they’re dead they get all the joys imaginable.

    What is so wrong with enjoying this life? It’s the only one worth having and the only one available in the time we have together.

    What a truly disgusting way to ‘live’. Frighten people into being unhappy.
    It’s quite astonishing.

  23. AgentCormac says:

    Matt

    Completely agree. And worship of satan is every bit as feckin daft as the worship of jesus (not to mention his imaginary dad and the spook thing that no one seems to be able to really explain).

  24. barriejohn says:

    Matt: Of course they are. Delicious, isn’t it?

    AgentCormac: It’s not just that. As has been said before, you have got to admit that practically your whole life has been built upon a lie. Also, you’re going to have to wave goodbye to most of your social contacts, and maybe even close familial relationships as well. (You might even have to find a new job!)

  25. Daz says:

    AC

    Being pedantic: If you tot up how much nasty stuff is actually attributed to Satan in the Bible, then tot up how much nasty stuff Yahweh (the li’l ol’ genocidal scamp!)gets up to, I’d say worshipping Satan is actually marginally more sensible.

  26. barriejohn says:

    There is amazingly little reference to anyone called Satan in the Bible. The word really means an adversary – not necesarily the Devil. There is one verse in the Book of Revelation where the two terms are linked, and the passage about Lucifer refers to a deceased king of Babylon – as it quite clearly states!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satan

  27. GFRF says:

    As long as every other represented religion by the student body will take the same time during each day, I’M OK WITH IT!