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Satanists to rally for Rick Scott

If Gov. Rick Scott is worried about slumping poll numbers, he might take comfort in knowing that his support is growing with at least one demographic.

Satanists “from all over Florida” will gather at the State Capitol on Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. to applaud Scott’s backing of SB 98, according to a news release by a group called The Satanic Temple.

Scott signed the bill in March that allows school districts to create policies allowing students to deliver “inspirational messages” at public events. The bill sparked controversy among groups like Americans United for Separation of Church and State, who said it was wrong to subject students to coercive prayer.

But according to Lucien Greaves, the spokesman for The Satanic Temple, Scott showed courage in signing the bill that now allows all religious groups to spread their message.

“This is not a hoax,” said Greaves, who also goes by “Overlord”. “This is for real.”

He said more than 100 members of his group, clad in black robes, will attend.

“We feel it will be a great satanic coming out,” Greaves said.

Asked if he thought Scott, a staunch Christian conservative, had intended for groups like his to take advantage of the new law, Greaves replied: “We take him at his word. It promotes religious freedom of all types.”

Greaves, 30, lives in Cambridge, Mass. He wouldn’t say what he does.

“I’m kind of nervous,” Greaves said. “I’m not sure what the reaction to this would be.”

Asked how he heard about the Florida law, he said it was brought to his attention by the founder of The Satanic Temple, Neil Bricke, who lives in New York City. Asked how Bricke knew about it, Greaves said he would try to reach him.

In a news release, Bricke is quoted as saying: “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.”

Greaves said the group was formed last year and seeks to raise awareness of “their compassion-based religion, which has traditionally been grossly misunderstood and maligned.”

It doesn’t counter Christianity, Greaves said. Rather, the Temple believes God created Satan to preside over the universe as “his proxy.” For those who are curious, here’s the website: www.thesatanictemple.com.

Greaves wouldn’t say how many members The Satanic Temple has.

But he did say “we have a lot of members down there.”

And by “down there”, Greaves said when asked, he meant Florida.

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whasup

Who knew that the organized Satanists were a bunch of radical schismatics?

According to their website: "our beliefs depart substantially from other Satanic organizations such as the Church of Satan, Diabolus Infinitis Orsus, and the Friends of Satan. Media and popular culture typically, and erroneously, regard all worshippers of Satan collectively in spite of the profound differences among our organizations."

When the Antichrist (I hear he was born on 12/12/2012) grows up to be the Pope of Satan, I reckon he'll have to whip all these separatist Satanists into line.

Max Salfinger

I can't wait for the Satanic Prayers.

can't take anymore

I bet Ol' Rick didn't realize just how ecumenical his efforts to push the radical rightwing's fundamentalist agenda would turn out to be. It's pretty clear to most Floridians that Rick Scott has a lot more in common with the devil than the compassionate Jesus. Only logical that he will be warmly received in hell, especially when the voters tell him to go there in 2014.

Sharon

Freedom of relgion or freedom of no religion is to include everyone, whether you agree with them or not. If you respect and appreciate the constitution then you should think Gov. Scott did the right thing and has nothing to do with ringwing or progessive leftwing influence. @ can't take it no more, since you obviously will not be voting for Scott please tell me you are not voting for doubletalk/not sure where I stand Crist. Since he has switched parties so much in two years that is a good sign he will govern based on the highest pay out and not for the people of Florida.

2

I commend them for putting a politician between a rock and a hard place... however... These fools are a joke... if you align yourself with the Promethean Master and are in harmony with His Dark Gnosis, I urge you to not follow these sheep in stage dress.

Even if their intent is to usurp the form/structure of our societal/political system for something 'seemingly' positive, do not fall prey. As a True Satanist (for those reading this who intuitively know they are), search within yourself the litmus test of congruency, and if conforming/subjecting yourself to a political system/ or 'support group' like this 'organization' is in alignment with your truest 'self'. Satanists do not 'join' fools, Satanists do not 'follow' 'men'.

Preaching tolerance and equality, and 'raising awareness'... sounds more like modern day liberals disguised in black robes than those who aspire to the Ideal of Satan. True Satanists arise, but not for these fallow and impotent 'activists'. Do not be a useful idiot...

AMSG

D

As a true follower of Christ I find this laughable. Ture followers understand that the war will not be waged in a courtroom, the senate or in any other political forum but in the hearts of men either headed to heaven or hell. I don't give a rip whether or not I can pray in public. The Almighty God has my back day and night, waking or sleeping and no "Goliath" of any sort frightens me. The enemy has tried to take me out repeatedly. Epic. fail. everytime.

Heidi

Satan and all his followers will all end up in the lake of fire in the end of the age, and if they believe in The Only True God, as they say they do, then they must also believe that what he has written in the book of revelation concerning Satan and all his followers will certainly come to pass. I'd be very Fearful if I were them. Thank God that I only worship the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, Yahweh, through his One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, my Saviour and the SAVIOUR of the entire world. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end of all things. All you who will believe in Jesus Christ, confess your sins, repent and be baptized into the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy spirit. He will give you the gift of the Holy Spirit where you will be given the power to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus. He will Forgive you of all your sins and Eternal Life!!!He has POWER over Satan and His angels. Jesus said "Get behind me SATAN, for you are a stumbling block" The only power satan has is to drag the unbelievers to hell with him in the day of Judgement. Into eternal fire!!! You may think this is foolish talk. Well, what if you are DEAD wrong!!!Jesus is the WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. HE IS OUR ONLY HOPE FOR ETERNAL LIFE! DON'T WAIT, GET SAVED TODAY!!!Get a Holy Bible and read it. Time is running out!!!

hoax article

This article is a publicity stunt. This event is not real, the group is not real and Greaves is a fake name.


http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2013/01/you-hear-the-one-about-the-pro-scott-satanic-cult.html

You hear the one about the pro-Scott satanic cult?
....But upon further review, it turns out that Greaves is pulling another kind of joke on us.
Greaves is listed as the casting director of a feature film called …wait for it…The Satanic Temple.
A casting call was posted on the web site Actors Access on Jan. 7 seeking non-union actors for no pay.


http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2013/01/18/msnbcs-bashir-duped-faux-satanists-rick-scott-publicity-stunt

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