The Satanic Temple has been doing this in various American cities and it’s really forcing people to confront their unconstitutional bending of the rules to favor one religion over another (or none at all). And as a former Phoenician, I’m finding this one deliciously entertaining!
For weeks now, Phoenix lawmakers have wrestled with the idea of allowing members of a Satanic group to give the invocation before an upcoming city meeting. Phoenix City Council members arrived Wednesday at a controversial solution: Banning prayer altogether. From now on, lawmakers decided in a 5-4 vote, council meetings will no longer begin with a traditional prayer, but instead open with a moment of silence.
This is what happens when you insist that the church/state separation doesn’t apply to your religion, just all those other “wrong” ones. These so-called defenders of the First Amendment practically shit their pants when someone other than a Christian demands equal time and treatment under the law. “What? A Satanist/Wiccan/atheist/Muslim/etc. wants to pray at a government meeting?? How dare they!” Yeah…and you’d better get used to it, because when you let one group of people ignore the Constitution, you’re inviting everyone else to do it too. Hey, fair is fair.
“I am not for the silent prayer,” Pastor Darlene Vasquez told council members, according to the Republic, which reported that Vasquez broke down in tears. “I want those who believe in the one true God to pray. It breaks my heart to hear what is going on.”
You broke down in tears over this?? Wow…get a grip. Are you seriously suggesting that prayer somehow doesn’t count if it’s not spoken aloud, and that Christianity is threatened by silent prayer? Or are you just upset because someone is preventing your elected officials from bending the laws of the land in favor of your beliefs?
Either take your prayer inside your head, or take it outside the government building. Pick one and get over it, mmmkay?