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Florida Rabble-Rouser Seeks To Open Civic Meeting With Satanist Prayer
NPR ^ | 10 May 2014 | Eyder Peralta

Posted on 05/10/2014 1:40:17 PM PDT by Theoria

A Florida rabble-rouser wants the city of Deerfield Beach to allow him to say a satanist prayer at the beginning of a council meeting.

Of course, Chaz Stevens' request comes after the Supreme Court ruled that sectarian prayer before a government meeting does not necessarily violate the Constitution's Establishment Clause.

Stevens has a history of exploring the separation of church and state in dramatic fashion: In December of 2013, for example, he was allowed to set up a Festivus pole — made of empty beer cans — in the rotunda of the Florida state Capitol.

In a short phone interview, Stevens tells us he had just recently converted to Satanism. It was the first time, he says, that he had committed to any god.

He said the Supreme Court has a long history of getting things wrong. He cites the court's 1896 decision in Plessy v. Ferguson, where they decided that segregation did not amount to discrimination.

With its decision in Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway, the court is blurring the line between church and state, he says.

"If the Supreme Court wants to open up the door to this, Satan and I will walk through," he adds.

Four days after the court's decision in Town of Greece, Stevens wrote the city attorney and the city commissioners to ask for a turn to give the opening prayer. He even provided an example of what he might read.

"O mighty Lord Satan, / teach us to become strong and wise! / Teach us to vanquish the enemies / of our freedom and well-being!" he proposes to say.

In fairness, the Supreme Court did not change its precedent on prayer before meetings in the Town of Greece decision. Instead it reaffirmed a tradition that dates back to the Continental Congress of 1774.

(Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: chazstevens; florida; greecevgalloway; prayer; satanicprayer; satanist; scotus

1 posted on 05/10/2014 1:40:18 PM PDT by Theoria
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To: Theoria

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2 posted on 05/10/2014 1:49:01 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Theoria

I believe there is a “community standars” test, isn’t there?

How many citizens in the community would be okay with an invocation to the enemy of their souls?


3 posted on 05/10/2014 1:49:10 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Theoria

Attention whore alert!


4 posted on 05/10/2014 1:51:09 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Westbrook

Can of worms has been opened up that a community standards test will not solve. Nice try.


5 posted on 05/10/2014 1:57:01 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Okay, let the pinhead utter his invocation to the prince of darkness.

Everybody who cares can just block their ears.


6 posted on 05/10/2014 2:01:11 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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7 posted on 05/10/2014 2:03:05 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Theoria

In a short phone interview, Stevens tells us he had just recently converted to Satanism. It was the first time, he says, that he had committed to any god.


Satan is a creature, not a god.

Looks like Stevens is in for a big after-death surprise.

;-)


8 posted on 05/10/2014 2:04:32 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: Theoria
He said the court has a long history of getting things wrong.

Well, I do agree with him on that point.

9 posted on 05/10/2014 2:05:01 PM PDT by j. earl carter
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To: Theoria
Let him; his prayer alter has to be a FULL TOILET.
10 posted on 05/10/2014 2:05:11 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Theoria

“rabble-rouser” doesn’t mean what the author thinks it means.


11 posted on 05/10/2014 2:11:08 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: Westbrook

“I believe there is a “community standars” test, isn’t there?”

Would human sacrifice meet that test in Florida? Maybe Detroit?


12 posted on 05/10/2014 2:13:02 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: Theoria

These people need to be “educated”. However, that would require strength which Americans no longer have within themselves.


13 posted on 05/10/2014 2:17:06 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Theoria

14 posted on 05/10/2014 2:20:09 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Theoria

Well, we wanted prayer, we got it.


15 posted on 05/10/2014 2:31:47 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Theoria

Any Christians present should pray out loud and drown him out - or join the meeting after he does whatever it is he calls it.


16 posted on 05/10/2014 2:38:37 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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To: Raycpa

Let us examine his life and his background and I bet we will figure out pretty quickly why he chose Satanism as his “religion”


17 posted on 05/10/2014 2:42:13 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Theoria

I move to amend to “O mighty Lord Satan, lord of the Democratic Party...


18 posted on 05/10/2014 3:01:02 PM PDT by omega4412
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To: Theoria

Kinda like this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUazd8DqcNk


19 posted on 05/10/2014 4:00:33 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: omega4412
No kidding...
20 posted on 05/10/2014 4:11:08 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: pax_et_bonum
In a small way, I feel sorry for the guy. Forever is a long, long time.
i can't imagine provoking our lord like that.
21 posted on 05/10/2014 4:37:59 PM PDT by reefdiver (Be the Best you can be Whatever you Dream to be)
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To: Theoria

Gee,,,who didn’t see this coming? If they can’t stop it in the courts, they will stop it by other means. Libs will be falling over themselves to open meetings with prayers to Lucifer, their junk, an empty cup, or whatever.


22 posted on 05/11/2014 9:35:23 PM PDT by chessplayer
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