Satanists Plan Rally in Support of Florida Gov. Rick Scott

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The Satanic Temple is planning its first major rally, which will be held in support of Florida Gov. Rick Scott later this month for — which might sound ironic — signing a bill that allows for the possibility of prayer in public schools.


The religion’s founder Neil Bricke, who is based in New York, is expected to speak at the rally. The group also hopes to open a temple in New York in the next few months.

It may be telling that the Satanic temple will be located in New York and the group’s first rally, scheduled for Jan. 25, will be held in Florida.

“New York is a pretty good place for Satanism. Florida is too,” said Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves.

The Florida bill that has delighted the Satanists is Senate Bill 98 and gives students “sole discretion in determining whether an inspirational message is to be delivered” at a student assembly. The bill prohibits school officials from participating in or influencing whether an inspirational message will be delivered.

Satanists feel that the policy “does a lot to support religious diversity,” according to Greaves.

“The Satanic Temple embraces the free expression of religion, and Satanists are happy to show their support of Rick Scott who — particularly with SB 98 — has reaffirmed our American freedom to practice our faith openly, allowing our Satanic children the freedom to pray in school,” the Temple said in a release announcing the rally.

Written By: Christina Ng
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27 COMMENTS

  1. Christians who harp on about their religious freedoms just don’t take their demands to their logical conclusion whereby ALL religions have equal rights.

    Best of luck to the Satanists.

  2. In reply to #4 by The Truth, the light:

    Christians who harp on about their religious freedoms just don’t take their demands to their logical conclusion whereby ALL religions have equal rights.

    Best of luck to the Satanists.

    Because the Satanists and FSM aren’t real religions. Religious freedoms belong to real religions with a long established history like Scientology and Mormonism.

    Michael

  3. Will I be able to wear my little gold trinket of Baal emptying his demonic seed into the anus of a Canaanite slave sacrifice if I work for BA?

    Anvil.

    [Edit] Edited to add ‘into the anus of…’ so little Jimmy could ask,

    “Mom, what’s that gold thing with the big horns and the glowing red eyes and the big *’thing’, hanging around the nice Air Hostess’s neck?”*

    “Well, Jimmy, that’s just Baal emptying his demonic seed into the anus of a Canaanite slave sacrifice!”

    “Gee Mom, d’you think she’d show it to me and explain a bit more after take-off?”

    “Only if your good, Jimmy. Only if your good.”

  4. good that they’re standing up for their beliefs. i often think there are those who’d stamp out satanism altogether given half a chance but we hear from politicians all over that religion is a good thing so i hope they’re supported in this

  5. Maybe there’s an even more distrusted group than atheists ???
    I wonder who the “nazi party” or the “national league of sociopaths” are nominating as their presidential candidates for the next term…

  6. In reply to #13 by hellosnackbar:

    Satanists? Faith in Satan must be the ultimate example of religious tomfoolery.
    Has anyone any knowledge of Satanist dogma?

    don’t know of any dogma but i disagree with the comment. all religious faith is tomfoolery and choosing one biblical character is no stranger than any other. from my memories of the satan character he seemed quite nice. incouraged a bit of healthy questioning (which ultimately shows up the lie in god’s supposed unconditional love) and certainly doesn’t go round commanding his followers to commit genocide.

    the bit in the wilderness with jesus is pretty cool. he makes him stop and think before making a potentially fatal error in judgement (although he fails).

    the issue is the word “satanist”. it’s used by religious believers to demonize outsiders (i.e. anyone who folllows a false religion is working for satan) and satan has become a catch-all for any deity that didn’t talk to abraham. it seems strange that a group would call themselves “satanists” but no stranger than a group calling themselves “atheists” which after all was originally a term used in exactly the same way (earliest use I’ve read is in “Paradise Lost” as a term for… er the satanists)

  7. …Satan presides over the universe as his (god’s) proxy

    Then what would they serve at meetings – Devil’s Food or Angel Food cake?

    Oh Gov Scott, be careful what you wish for, it might come true 3:>

  8. The Church of Satan is a bit weird. It’s not so much a religion as a philosophy (centered on the self), mixed with a bit of panto while showing the finger to Christians.

    Then again, there are several movements, some more serious than others.

  9. In reply to #19 by Mr DArcy:

    From what I know of the Bible, it seems that Satan is far more worthy of worship than God. The only people he ever killed were as a result of a direct order from God.

    Hmm now where did I last hear ‘I was only following orders’ used as an excuse?
    But seriously does anyone have a score sheet for numbers killed by god and satan respectively? We could publish a wall chart.

    Oh no sorry, in my excitement I’d forgotten that neither exists.

  10. In reply to #20 by headswapboy:

    In reply to #19 by Mr DArcy:

    From what I know of the Bible, it seems that Satan is far more worthy of worship than God. The only people he ever killed were as a result of a direct order from God.

    Hmm now where did I last hear ‘I was only following orders’ used as an excuse?
    But seriously does anyone have a score sheet for numbers killed by god and satan respectively? We could publish a wall chart.

    Oh no sorry, in my excitement I’d forgotten that neither exists.

    http://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.co.uk/2006/08/who-has-killed-more-satan-or-god.html

  11. Last night my son was asking me about Satan. He had heard about him at school. When I looked at his notes, he had made a (fortunate) spelling error. His notes read ” something something something….tempted by SATIN”. I told him that satin is, in fact, much more tempting to me than Satan since one exists and the other is pure bullocks.

  12. In reply to #21 by SaganTheCat:

    In reply to #20 by headswapboy:In reply to #19 by Mr DArcy:From what I know of the Bible, it seems that Satan is far more worthy of worship than God. The only people he ever killed were as a result of a direct order from God.Hmm now where did I last hear ‘I was only following orders’ used as an excuse? But seriously does anyone have a score sheet for numbers killed by god and satan respectively? We could publish a wall chart.Oh no sorry, in my excitement I’d forgotten that neither exists.http://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.co.uk/2006/08/who-has-killed-more-satan-or-god.html

    Wonderful
    Thank You!

  13. In reply to #13 by hellosnackbar:

    Satanists? Faith in Satan must be the ultimate example of religious tomfoolery.
    Has anyone any knowledge of Satanist dogma?

    Most “Satanists” are atheistic (Satan as an archetype). There are theistic Satanists, and they’re the ones who are just as deluded (if not more) than the “happy” accepted religions.

    Not much dogma as far as I know. Mostly (with a few exceptions) you make your own rules, but you have to fully accept the consequences.

  14. In reply to #21 by SaganTheCat:

    http://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.co.uk/2006/08/who-has-killed-more-satan-or-god.html

    Heh… you beat me to it. Steve Wells has done a great job on that blog. His son, Philip, is also posting there, mostly on the Book of Mormon. The blog started Steve keeping track of god’s killings and eventually he wrote “Drunk with Blood” (http://drunkwithblood.com/index.html), which details the major killing events in the bible while tallying up the deaths. Actual deaths attributable to god: 2,476,633. This compares to satan’s total of 10 (the sons and daughters of Job), who were killed more as the result of a wager god had with satan. Steve points out that satan probably doesn’t even deserve total credit for these 10 deaths because they were god’s idea. BTW, the estimated total deaths (the implied “collateral damage”) add up to about 24,634,205. Not bad for a benevolent deity.

    Steve

  15. Hmmm…interesting web site: http://www.thesatanictemple.com/
    Apparently they support prayer in school because they believe in freedom of speech (Huh??). And they pay taxes: “To do otherwise would be a failure to invest in the very nation that has fought so heroically to preserve our Religious Freedom.”

    Sets a good example for other religions! (lookin’ at YOU, catholics!)

    However, they have a serious image problem, and I don’t know if it’s more to do with the goat’s head or the major gynecomastia.

    Steve

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