Month: April 2017

A MN Town Wanted a Christian War Memorial; Now, They’ll Also Have a Satanic One

Veterans Memorial Park in Belle Plaine, Minnesota is home to a controversial monument featuring a kneeling soldier in front of a Christian cross. It been at the center of a months-long debate over whether it illegally promotes religion — but since city officials voted to keep it in the park, it’ll have to share the space with other groups. Like Satanists. You can read the full backstory here, but the long and short of it is that the Freedom From Religion Foundation warned the city that the current monument was illegal. They had a choice: Take it down or...

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Belle Plaine veterans park to include Satanic monument

Full story on Star Tribune The people of Belle Plaine, Minn., only wanted to honor fallen veterans of war. Now, they will have to accommodate Satanists, too. That’s the unintended consequence of a small-town saga over free speech, and it all began when someone complained about having a religious symbol on public property. The symbol in this case was a modest but poignant 2-foot steel war memorial called “Joe,” which features a cross in its tribute to soldiers in Belle Plaine’s Veterans Memorial Park. City leaders, fearing a lawsuit rooted in the constitutional separation of church and state, in...

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The Satanic Temple Weighs in on John Boehner Calling Ted Cruz “Lucifer in the Flesh”

*A year ago today* Last night, during a talk at Stanford University, former Speaker of the House John Boehner was extremely blunt when asked for his opinion on Ted Cruz: “Lucifer in the flesh,” the former speaker said. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.” Continue reading on...

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Bill To Put Ten Commandments Displays in Public Places Ignored By GOP-Led Oklahoma Senate

A victory in the name of secularism! "(For what it’s worth, The Satanic Temple’s Seven Fundamental Tenets have more overlap with the Constitution than just about everything in the Ten Commandments.) All of that took place in March, and I was certain the bill would skate through the Senate. It’s not like the GOP cares about respecting the Constitution when cheap promotion of Christianity is on the line. But check out what happened yesterday: A bill that could have allowed the Ten Commandments on government property was quietly pulled from consideration Thursday, severely hurting its chances to become law....

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The Satanic Temple’s Guidelines for Effective Protest

The Satanic Temple’s Guidelines for Effective Protest  Protest is an act of free speech, and protesters must respect free speech Free speech does not include the right to harass, slander, or incite violence Being offended is not the same as being harassed; The Satanic Temple offends many people because they are offended by Satan, but that does not give others the right to silence us If you think people should not have the right to offend others, then you should not be involved with protest because that assertion offends The Satanic Temple      Have a clearly articulated position with...

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