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!
How the Satanic Temple forced Phoenix lawmakers to ban public prayer
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?
This is quite delicious: Christians who demand that kids be taught religion in public schools under the guise of “freedom of religion” are quickly finding out that something other than their religion might be brought up. Even though the material on Islam is in a purely historical context, they’re flipping their wigs and calling it “indoctrination.” But reading Bible passages in the classroom is just fine and dandy!
Funny how these people will vehemently defend the Constitution but blatantly ignore that inconvenient bit about separating church and state. Kinda like the way they pick and choose which parts of the Bible to follow.
on a new measure pending in the state legislature that would prohibit “anything deemed ‘religious doctrine’ ” for public school students in ninth grade or younger.
State education officials explained that secular information about religion is sometimes included in school curriculum. The Tennessean pointed, for example, to students being exposed to the Five Pillars of Islam in order to “provide historical context about the influence the religion had on regions of the world.” The same article quoted a Nashville social studies teacher who noted the Muslim world’s role in bringing us algebra and influencing the Renaissance.
And this evidently doesn’t sit well with some in the area. Butt, a longtime Sunday school teacher, does not specifically identify any faith tradition in her bill, but given the larger context, it appears the ban on lessons that include “religious doctrine” is motivated by concerns surrounding Islam.
Can’t handle a challenge to your willful ignorance of church/state separation so you’re going to toss words like “terrorists” around, eh? Because you’re soooo oppressed as a white Christian. I wonder how that makes war vets feel to hear you say that — you know, the ones who fought actual terrorists. What an ass.
Virginia County Official Calls Atheists ‘Terrorists’
A Virginia county courthouse is once again at the center of Christmas controversy after an elected official called members of a local atheist group “terrorists.” Ken Reid, a supervisor representing the Leesburg district, was not happy after local atheist leader Rick Wingrove criticized Loudoun County-sponsored holiday displaysplanned for the Leesburg courthouse lawn, The Washington Times reports.
“None of the religious organizations in the county have had any problem with what we’re doing,” Reid told newspaper in a story published Monday. “It’s strictly this group of terrorists. They’re fanatics who basically want to stamp out religion in all public life and property.”
Tensions about separation of church and state during the holidays have been high in Leesburg for several years, with the lawn of the courthouse at the center of the battle.