Satanists grateful for student prayers? [Excerpts]
The Satanic Temple of Florida plans to march to the governor's office [at the end of January] to thank him for recently signing a bill that permits inspirational messages and prayer delivered by students.
Temple officials are trying to raise awareness in an official statement of how their group contributes to American civic life. Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver questions whether the organization even exists and will really gather to pat Governor Rick Scott on the back.
"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."