New York Daily News:
Florida Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t seem to have many fans these days. But he can count on the backing of one group: Satanists.
Members of the Satanic Temple are gearing up to rally on behalf of the Republican leader to commend “his defense of religious liberty,” the group said in a news release.
In particular, Satanists say they are impressed by Scott’s support of Senate Bill 98, which allows school districts to draft policies allowing students to read “inspirational messages” at assemblies and sports events.
“The bill is something we felt we could latch onto,” Lucien Greaves, a spokesperson for the Satanic Temple, told the Daily News. “It does allow for an alternative point of view.”
In the release, the group praises the bill, which went into effect July 12, for reaffirming “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,” he said.
The rally is set to take place on Jan. 25 on the steps of the State Capitol in Tallahassee. Greaves likened the event to a “Satanic coming out.”
Hmm methinks this may NOT have been the kind of support that Governor Scott was hoping to attract. But hey, they are Florida voters so maybe he will welcome their support and embrace them with open arms.
Or perhaps not.
Interestingly enough the truth about Satanists is kind of like the truth about witches. In other words, whatever you heard about them from the Christian church was pure bullshit.
In fact Satanists are NOT worshipers of Satan, and are probably more in line with Atheists or Agnostics. (You can learn more about them here.)
You know at first I was a little surprised that the Satanists would want to be associated with somebody associated with the Tea Party and who seems to push a Christian agenda.
But then I remembered THIS picture.
And it all just kind of made sense.