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    Satanists Plan Rally For Rick Scott For His 'Defense Of Religious Liberty'

    Florida Governor Rick Scott, who suffers dismal approval ratings, has at least garnered favor with one unlikely group -- Satanists.


    On January 25, the members of the Satanic Temple will gather on the steps of Scott's office in Tallahassee as a show of solidarity with the Governor, whom they believe "has shown unwavering fortitude and progressive resolve in his defense of religious liberty," according to a press release.


    Specifically, they're referring to Scott's recent approval of Senate Bill 98 that permits school districts to allow students to read inspirational messages of their choosing at assemblies and sporting events. It went into effect on July 12.


    "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 release continues.


    The bill dictates that school officials are not permitted to mediate, approve, or participate in these "inspirational messages," which expand upon the two minutes of silence for quiet prayer or mediation previously observed in Florida public schools.


    Although the word "prayer" was axed from early drafts of the bill, the legislation was largely seen as a way to sneak religion back into schools.


    Backers of the bill, who likely didn't have the Satanic Temple in mind, might be surprised at the group's tenets, which include a dedication to American patriotism, the golden rule, compassion, as well as family values, according to their web site.


    The groups states that while they support separation of church and state in that it protects freedom of religion, they also note that "secular authority devoid of religious guidance is an abomination, and secular authorities should not be inhibited from receiving religious guidance regarding issues of serious moral and society-wide spiritual import."


    So where does Satan come in? The temple believes he is "God's proxy" on Earth and represents the central role of knowledge and wisdom in life.


    "Satan was the force of design that urged humanity toward refined pleasures of the Arts and Sciences," according the web site. "It was He who first brought the fruit of knowledge to Humankind that thereafter we might live not as naked brutes in the wild, but develop our cultural splendor into ever more aesthetically and technologically advanced heights."


    Their gathering in Tallahassee will be a "satanic coming out," temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves told the Miami Helard's Naked Politics blog. "This is not a hoax. This is for real." More than 100 members are expected to attend the 1 p.m. rally.
    Do you think that if a bunch of Satanic kids start leading public prayers to their Dark Overlord at graduation and before basketball games, anyone will object?
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    hahahahaha. I love it. Just love it.

    And yes. Objections everywhere.
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    Yeah, depending on the way the prayers are worded, it's going to be a cluster. But part of their fundamental tenets is to not push your beliefs on others.

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    Yeah not too concerned that a few Satanic students might share an inspirational message. An inspirational message means a positive one, so doubt they are going to get up and say something objectionable.
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    I think that is could be very interesting to hear what they have to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    Yeah not too concerned that a few Satanic students might share an inspirational message. An inspirational message means a positive one, so doubt they are going to get up and say something objectionable.
    Objectionable like "Let's all take a moment to hail Satan"?

    As an atheist I'm not sure why any religion needs to have public led prayers in schools, but if we're going to hear "praise Jesus" it's only fair that people have the option to say "Praise Satan" as well if they choose. I wonder what an atheist inspirational message would sound like? Carpe Diem, maybe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    Yeah not too concerned that a few Satanic students might share an inspirational message. An inspirational message means a positive one, so doubt they are going to get up and say something objectionable.
    They could have inspirational messages as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alissa_Sal View Post
    Objectionable like "Let's all take a moment to hail Satan"?

    As an atheist I'm not sure why any religion needs to have public led prayers in schools, but if we're going to hear "praise Jesus" it's only fair that people have the option to say "Praise Satan" as well if they choose. I wonder what an atheist inspirational message would sound like? Carpe Diem, maybe.
    I don't think any religion needs public prayers in schools. Even Satanists. (though I'm getting a pretty good kick out of this article...hehe)

    I think a nice atheist inspirational message could be a nice spot of reason and facts and personal perseverance and success. Or something great from one of the great atheists in science. Like Hawking, Edison, Nobel or Sagan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    They could have inspirational messages as well.
    Isn't that what I said?
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    Gloria~I may have misread your comment about how you doubt that a few Satanic students would share an inspirational message. I took it that you didn't think they could or would share anything of inspiration but since you said I misread I realize now you meant that you are not concerned about them not sharing their inspirational message. Sorry...I missed "internet tone"

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