SCOTUS Ruling On Freedom Of Religion Being Used By Satan Worshippers To Promote Their Faith

Written By BlabberBuzz | Tuesday, 10 May 2022 16:45
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Days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Boston, Massachusetts, was wrong to restrict a group from flying a Christian flag at city hall, The Satanic Temple wants to fly a flag over the downtown building.

The Salem-based group wrote on Twitter that it has filed a request with Boston’s property management department to raise and lower a flag to celebrate “Satanic Appreciation Week” from July 23–29.

“The Satanic Temple replies to the Supreme Court ruling that found Boston violated First Amendment rights by refusing to fly Christian flag at City Hall Plaza,” the organization reported, with a screenshot of the request.

“When government officials can impose arbitrary restrictions on claims of conscience or to abridge the civic capacities of some based on their religious identity, we fail to be a free, democratic republic,” Lucien Greaves, the organization’s co-founder, informed The Associated Press in an email.

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Greaves added that The Satanic Temple has yet to determine which of its official flags it will ask the city to fly.

One of its flags resembles the American flag with only black and white stripes and an emblem of a pentagram and goat skull where the 50 stars would be.

On Monday, the high court unanimously ruled in the case of Harold Shurtleff, et al. v. Boston, MA, et al., to invert a lower court decision and remand the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

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Justice Stephen Breyer provided the court’s opinion, concluding that “the First Amendment prevents [the government] from discriminating against speakers based on their viewpoint.”

At issue, according to the court's opinion, was whether Boston’s flag policy symbolized government speech; if it did, then it had the right to reject the Christian flag.

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“We conclude that, on balance, Boston did not make the raising and flying of private groups’ flags a form of government speech,” Breyer reported. “That means, in turn, that Boston’s refusal to let Shurtleff and Camp Constitution raise their flag based on its religious viewpoint ‘abridg[ed]’ their ‘freedom of speech.’”

Justice Brett Kavanaugh composed a concurring opinion, in which he wrote that “a government does not violate the Establishment Clause merely because it treats religious persons, organizations, and speech equally with secular persons, organizations, and speech in public programs, benefits, facilities, and the like.” “Under the Constitution, a government may not treat religious persons, religious organizations, or religious speech as second-class,” he included in his brief concurrence.

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In February, Christians gathered, prayed, and read scriptures outside an Arizona hotel that hosted a three-day event by The Satanic Temple called “SatanCon,” which contained such sessions as “Raising Children in a Satanic Household” and “Abortion as a (Religious) Right.”

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The Catholic demonstrators prayed, read from the Bible, and held signs, banners, rosaries, crosses, and images of the Virgin Mary outside the Saguaro Hotel in Scottsdale, the spot of the Satanic Temple’s event, Fox 10 reported.

“We’re out here to let the Satanists know that there’s no place for evil in Arizona,” a protester said. “And we’re here to combat that. And we’re here to say that Jesus is Lord.” In 2016, The Satanic Temple launched a nationwide After School Satan Club to oppose Christian student organizations in public schools.

The group’s innovation came in response to the Christian Good News Club that was meeting at public schools throughout the nation.

Greaves told The Christian Post at the time that the Christian club’s presence at public schools “created the need for a counter-balance in the extracurricular options.”

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