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