The state of Florida has caved on it’s denial of a permit to the New York-based Satanic Temple for a display in the capitol later this month. The state capitol in Florida has been a hot-spot for Christmas controversy for several years as Christians have fought for access for a Nativity scene next to space granted to Atheists for a Festivus pole. Now Lucifer joins the fun.
The Satan Temple, which does NOT claim a belief in Satan, is yet another group that merely agitates in its fight against religious displays on public property. Another group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a church-state activist group, threatened a lawsuit on behalf of The Satanic Temple.
The group will be displaying images of an angel falling into burning flames, Bible verses and a “Happy Holidays” message.
It is important to understand that these groups are NOT fighting for free speech — they are fighting AGAINST religion. They use the false argument that the mere mention of the free speech of religion constitutes a violation of the establishment clause of the US Constitution.
Thus, allowing them to display alongside a religious display such as a Nativity or a Menorah really gains them nothing. Their ultimate goal is to get everything out of government spaces and to ban religious dialogue from public expression entirely. The more absurd they can be moves them closer to achieving that goal. Now that support for Satanic messaging has been approved it is reasonable to assume their displays will become more extreme.