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Florida’s School Prayer Law – The Devil Is In the Details, Literally

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Florida’s School Prayer Law – The Devil Is In the Details, Literally


A rally is being planned for January 25th in Tallahassee, Florida to support a law that Governor Rick Scott signed into law less than a year ago. The Inspirational Messages law essentially allows prayer in school. In the carefully worded final version, the law allows school districts to adopt a policy allowing for the reading of inspirational messages. To make sure that there’s not undue influence by school personnel, the students are the sole determinants of the message and the messenger. However, the authors had no idea that the message would be one that Satan might approve of.

While the mention of Satan might seem like the antithesis of the original intent of the law, Overlord Lucien Graves, a spokesperson for the Satanic Temple, told a reporter for the Palm Beach Post that his group actually promotes many of the same ideas that major religions do.

Satan does ask us to do good among each other and follow our own path to happiness as long as it doesn’t encroach on others.

The group’s website explains its tenets, which do seem similar to many mainstream religions, with the one exception. They believe that God sent Satan as a proxy. The group is planning the rally as a way to promote themselves via the newly enacted law. Surely the authors of the bill never saw this one coming.

Even though the bill was successfully passed, many organizations urged the Governor not to sign the bill. They knew that even though the bill did not have the specific language “school prayer,” it could face a costly court battle under the First Amendment’s separation of church and state. They know that a case settled over 50 years ago banned this type of type of law. While several states have tested the ruling, it’s been struck down every time.

Only time will tell whether this new twist on an old theme will make the Governor rethink his support of such a law. Perhaps he’ll pause a bit the next time, and wonder if Satan is hiding in the next bill on religion. But maybe it’s not such a bad thing. After all, they only want to promote happiness. What’s wrong with that?

by on Jan. 18, 2013 at 1:26 PM
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by Ruby Member on Jan. 19, 2013 at 10:26 PM


by Ruby Member on Jan. 19, 2013 at 10:32 PM

you do know that a satanist worship themselves only right?

Quoting FromAtoZ:

This is where laws like this go wrong and we should not have them.

I certainly do not want my daughter hearing that crap from some Satan follower, or otherwise, so keep all biblical  or 'inspirational' messages that stem from the Bible, out of school.

by Ruby Member on Jan. 19, 2013 at 10:38 PM

 I don't think that this is faith bashing at all.  I think that this thread is all about the destruction of the US via the eroding of the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

You seem to spend an inordinate amount of time on faith bashing posts.  Doesn't anything else interest you?



Hate Is NOT a Family Value.

by Ruby Member on Jan. 19, 2013 at 10:41 PM

As a strict constitutionalist, especially when it comes to the Establishment Clause & religious freedom, I am horrified by this law.  I would be the first person contacting the ACLU &/or ADL to sue.

But the idea that a Satanist would do the inspirational message is sort of amusing.  I'd be more in favor, of course, of a nice goddess centered message.  Or maybe simply my signature.

Hate Is NOT a Family Value.

by Judy on Jan. 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Satanists grateful for student prayers?

Temple officials are trying to raise awareness in an official statement of how their group contributes to American civic life. OneNewsNow discussed the subject with Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver, who questions whether the organization even exists and will really gather to pat Governor Rick Scott on the back.

Staver, Mat (Liberty Counsel)"I think what it may well be are atheists or secularists who want to make it appear that this law that Governor Scott signed into law is actually going to allow Satanists to have some kind of voice in the public school or in the public square, and thus put pressure on the legislature to repeal the law," he suggests.

The law passed by the legislature and signed into law allows schools -- at the initiation of students -- and government bodies to conduct prayer, something that has been repeatedly challenged by atheist organizations.

"And, of course, the always resounding retort to that by secularists is But the Satanists will be able to do the same thing. In reality, that never really happens," says Staver. "So I think in this particular case this probably isn't a real Satanist group. This is probably a secularist group."

Staver believes it is more of a publicity stunt than anything else in order to wipe the law off the books


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