Saturday, April 01, 2023

If You Tell A Satanist To Go To Hell, Are You Just Giving Them Directions?

There are approximately 700,000 Satanists worldwide. If that sounds like a large number consider that the United States population is 332 million. If every one of them resided in the U.S. (which they do not) they would make up .002 percent of our country’s population.

The world population is 7.9 billion. Which means that this group of freaks represents only .00008 percent of the world’s entire population.

So when this band of idiots from the island of misfit toys decides to demonstrate and threaten what the other 99.9998 percent of the U.S. population doesn’t believe, they need to be stopped quickly and efficiently.

Last week, a monument featuring the Ten Commandments that’s located on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol came under yet another legal attack. A group called Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit against the state claiming that “The monument is unconstitutional. Despite widespread objections, the state went forward with the installation of the monument which has brought nothing but religious division.”

The monument that is currently on the Capitol grounds is actually the second one to be built there. Back in 2017, a man used his truck to destroy the original monument. He was arrested on felony charges but was acquitted on grounds that he was mentally unfit to stand trial. The man in question had been treated for years with mental health issues. However, in 2014 he had previously been charged and cleared on mental health grounds for destroying another Ten Commandment monument in Oklahoma. Is it just me, or does it sound like his mental health issues are a convenient way to get away with destroying monuments that he disagrees with?

Ever since the original monument was built in 2015, The Satanic Temple, The Freedom From Religion Foundation and others have sued the State of Arkansas attempting to have the monument removed.

In spite of lawsuits, after the original monument was destroyed it was rebuilt using private funds and was unveiled in 2018. That same year, the Satanic Temple held a rally at the Capitol demanding that a monument of their own be built on the grounds.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is using the “Establishment Clause” found in  The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as the basis for their argument. It is written as:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

In 2015, then Senator Jason Rapert sponsored Act 1231. The legislation was co-sponsored by Representative Kim Hammer. It states that the General Assembly found The Ten Commandments “are an important component of the moral foundation of the laws and legal system of the United States of America and of the state of Arkansas,’ and they ‘represent a philosophy of government held by many of the founders of this nation.”

The state of Arkansas filed their own motion petitioning the court to reject the lawsuits stating:

“The Establishment Clause doesn’t require blotting religion out of the public square. Displays like the Ten Commandments monument represent our history and traditions and are perfectly constitutional. And neither the Equal Protection Clause nor any other provision requires the government to endorse a parody of religion simply because it wishes to recognize the significance of a legal and moral document with religious significance. This Court should reject all arguments to the contrary and grant summary judgment to Secretary Thurston.” (John Thurston is the Arkansas Secretary of State)

The First Liberty Institute also joined the fight in defending the monument. At a press conference last Tuesday, Lea Patterson an attorney with the institute said this:

“Displaying the Ten Commandments, a symbol of law and moral conduct with both religious and secular significance is a longstanding national tradition as a matter of law. The court should summarily reject these anti-religion activist organizations unfounded lawsuits.”

I agree with Patterson, these lawsuits are frivolous and unfounded. Judging by their name the Freedom From Religion Foundation apparently hates everything, and I’ll bet the Satanic Temple got involved just for the hell of it.

I do have one question, is the leader of a Satanic cult called the devil’s advocate?