“Mat Staver’s response on behalf of the Liberty Council demonstrates the hypocrisy of organizations that tout “religious liberty.” The Child Evangelism Fellowship, which is represented by the Liberty Council, is the group that insisted that religion should be injected into the ‘limited public forum’ of public elementary schools in the name of plurality. Immediately upon the request of The Satanic Temple to have the same privileges as his group, Staver denounced them as illegitimate and nothing but a disruption. Having not seen the curriculum, this is disingenuous and simply untrue.”
“The Constitutional caveat to the ruling the Liberty Council fought to create is that there can be no viewpoint discrimination against other participating groups as long as there is a positive character building message for children. To preclude another religion’s opportunity would be to violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution by promoting one faith over another. The irony of Staver’s assertion is that any disruption that would ensue from this endeavor would be protests from adherents to groups that his organization fought to allow in our public schools, to begin with. This ‘heckler’s veto’ is not grounds for the suppression of free speech and the free exercise of religion. The legal precedent that prohibits the substantial and material disruption of an educational institution was regarding the pro-life ‘Day of the Fetus’ disaster organized by Christian fundamentalists. It ended in the burning of plastic babies with their heads torn off and was found to be highly and predictably disruptive. However, since The Satanic Temple has no interest in this type of mayhem or misconduct, it is not grounds for the denial of The Satanic Temple’s after school program.”- Read the full story on Patheos