TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — Satanists are calling on its followers to rally in support of Florida Gov. Rick Scott later this month.
The Satanic Temple is backing the governor for his support of a bill that allows inspirational messages to be delivered at student assemblies by students.
“The Satanic Temple embraces the free expression of religion, and Satanists are happy to show their support of Rick Scott who — particularly with SB 98 — has reaffirmed our American freedom to practice our faith openly, allowing our Satanic children the freedom to pray in school,” spokesman Neil Bricke said in the statement.
The Satanic Temple wants its followers to gather on the steps of Scott’s office on Jan. 25 to show support for him and in hopes to raise awareness for their religion.
“The truth regarding Satanic tradition and devotion has been unfortunately obscured by a history of delirious, paranoid conspiracy theories, blood libel, and imaginative inaccuracies,” its website states. “Just as ancient Pagans demonized early Christians, and Christians in turn demonized Pagans and Jews, so too are Satanists popularly demonized as a result of misunderstandings, intolerance, and fear-mongering opportunism.”
Satanists believe that only Satan can hear people’s prayers and answer them because God is “beyond human comprehension.”
The group is hoping to get 100 Satanists to make it out for the event.