Satanists Fume in Florida Over Exclusion

The Florida state capitol has become the butt of jokes this season after allowing nearly every kind of “religious” display next to the traditional Nativity scene there. A Florida atheist famously erected a Festivus pole there. Even the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has a display there (we’re not kidding). But Satanists are NOT welcome. The state of Florida is putting their foot down.

The Satanic Temple, a group based in New York, submitted its application last week to be included in the Florida capitol parade of ridiculous displays. But it was rejected as “grossly offensive,” says the website Tallahasee.com.

In an email published by the website, a Department said the satanic display featured an image of an angel falling into the flaming pits of Hell, accompanied by a greeting that said, “Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple” and a bible verse.

The rejection will no doubt cause a Constitutional crisis.

By the way, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster calls itself “pastafarians” and insists that it isn’t anti-religious. Its display in Florida depicted a lump of noodles with two googly eyes.

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