A Florida man has made a formal request to open a government meetings with a prayer to Satan after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that local governments can open meetings with prayer.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Greece, N.Y., maintaining it is constitutional to pray before a meeting no matter the content, even if it is overtly Christian, as long as the prayer is not specifically exclusionary of other faiths.
Chaz Stevens, the same activist to set up the Pabst Blue Ribbon “Festivus Pole” in the Florida State Capital last December, is asking the city of Deerfield Beach to open a meeting with a Satanic prayer.
“I just want equal billing,” he told the Broward Palm Beach New Times.
Dear City of Deerfield Beach;
With the recent US Supreme Court ruling allowing "prayer before Commission meetings" and seeking the rights granted to others, I hereby am requesting I be allowed to open a Commission meeting praying for my God, my divine spirit, my Dude in Charge.
Be advised, I am a Satanist.
Let me know when this is good for you.
Chaz Stevens, Calling in from Ring 6 of Dante's Inferno
The “Pabstfestidian” says he converted to Satanism because "Satan is a cool dude. Think of all the people he's in charge of. Do you want to be stuck listening to harp music in the afterlife? Hell no. I want to drink beer and hang with hookers.”
"We allow various religious nutjobs to give a prayer,” Stevens said. “They pray to Jesus, who is make-believe; God, who is make-believe; why not Satan, who is make-believe? Why discriminate against one make-believe god over another? Satan and I are being circumvented. The City of Deerfield Beach has once again declared war on religion -- and this time it's Satanism.”