I’m sure this ruling from the Sunshine State won’t sit too well with the fiercest supporters of Hobby Lobby.
Citing the Hobby Lobby case decision, Satanists down in Florida have fought and won the right to display a nativity scene of an angel being swallowed up by the fiery depths of hell, and this nativity scene will sit next to the traditional Christian nativity scene at the Florida Capitol building.
OF COURSE this would happen in Florida of all places. The Satanists of Florida have been pushing to get their Satanic coloring books into schools for months, and they’ve been fighting this nativity scene issue for what seems like forever.
The Washington Times reports:
Florida agreed Thursday to let the Satanic Temple put up a holiday display at the Capitol, effectively putting to end a First Amendment lawsuit being filed by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The state had previously denied the satanists from building a display of an angel falling into the fires of Hell right next to a more Christian-themed one of a nativity scene. But the Americans United for Separation of Church and State — citing the Hobby Lobby case — said it would sue on behalf of the satanists, on the grounds that the state couldn’t constitutionally keep out a display it deemed “offensive.”
In a written statement, the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of the group, called the state’s turn-around a good decision.
“Free speech is for everyone and all groups,” he said in the emailed statement. “State officials simply can’t get into the business of deciding that some unpopular messages are ‘offensive’ and must be banned.”
If this pisses you off, and you feel like this is treading all over your America, well you know what to do next: blame Hobby Lobby.