Month: May 2016

For Arbitrary Reason, Scottsdale (AZ) City Officials Kick Satanists Off Invocation Speakers List

After having approved The Satanic Temple’s request to deliver a pre-City Council meeting invocation, Scottsdale has suddenly decided to adhere to a new standard that is entirely undefined. We’re now told that invocations will only be given by “representatives from institutions that have a substantial connection to the Scottsdale community.” Substantial how? By what metric? What test will they use, or have they used, to establish who has a substantial connection? Naturally there are those who are now asking us what level of membership and activity we do have in Scottsdale. We are not going to answer that. That...

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Is The Satanic Temple for real?

The Satanic Temple believes that the separation of church and state is currently under attack by radical religious conservatives. They also believe there is a silent majority that opposes this agenda, but remains too apathetic to do anything about it. The Sabbat Cycle was an attempt to raise political awareness by piggybacking on the appeal of “The Witch.” This is part of larger PR model the group has used since its inception, in which the shocking and the frightening are used to lure media attention to their cause. As a religion scholar, I find The Satanic Temple fascinating. Not...

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Scottsdale won’t allow Satanic Temple prayer at council meeting

The city is making other arrangements for the July 6 invocation, Corsette said. Scottsdale officials declined to provide further comment or grant interviews about the decision. Satanic Temple spokesman Stu de Haan said the city has “pulled the rug out from under us” after twice approving plans for the invocation — first for April 5 and then for July 6 when the group had to reschedule for logistical reasons. “Here at the last minute they decided to make up or construct some reason or pretext not to have us speak,” de Haan said. “They had to have made it up, because why would they approve...

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Scottsdale cancels plan to allow Satanic invocation at July council meeting

“The city is not going to deviate from its long standing practice of having the invocation given only by representatives from institutions that have a substantial connection to the Scottsdale community,” said the city in a statement released Monday, May 23. “Therefore, we are making other arrangements for the invocation to be given on July 6.” The Satanic Temple member Stu De Haan of Tucson said the group originally got permission to speak at a meeting in April, but the city changed the date to July 6. Now, the city ultimately said no. “Why did they put us on...

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