Ah, Satan. Quite a familiar image.
In Florida, thanks to Chief Justice John Robert's court, we're about to see whether or not the recent SCOTUS ruling, Town of Greece v. Galloway (that prayers before town meetings did not violate the Constitution’s ban on endorsing religion), is going to be enforced.
The following letter was sent to the town council of Deerfield Beach, Florida, according to Raw Story:
Dear City of Deerfield Beach;
With the recent US Supreme Court ruling allowing “prayer before Commission meetings” and seeking the rights granted to others, I hereby am requesting I be allowed to open a Commission meeting praying for my God, my divine spirit, my Dude in Charge.
Be advised, I am a Satanist.
Let me know when this is good for you.
Well, now, in the words of SNL's Church Lady, "Is that Satan I hear speaking?
A little about Chaz Stevens. In case you thought he was just a Kook, he is. But he's a Kook who's made his outrageous voice heard before:
Chaz Stevens — made headlines last December when he forced Florida Governor Rick Scott to allow him to erect an 8-foot-tall Festivus pole made of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans next to Deerfield Beach’s nativity manger that he recently converted from “Pabstfestidian” because “Satan is a cool dude.”
Looks like the door is open now for any religion to have the right to speak before public meetings. Is this what Roberts and his right wing cohorts on the bench really intended? They ruled. Now it's up the the masses to abide by their laws. What do you think the Deerfield Beach Town Hall will do?
While Stevens is waiting for them to answer, he's moved his campaign to the State's Capitol.
Good morning to you. Hope all is well. I have two items that I need assistance with.
1. I’d like to (once again) install my PBR Festivus Pole in the Rotunda during the upcoming winter holiday season.
2. Given the recent US Supreme Court ruling (City of Greece, NY), I would like to open up a Session with a prayer to my god Satan. Kindly advise me how to seek approval for that.
Thank you SCOTUS. You reap what you sow. Once again in the words of Church Lady, "Now isn't that special?"