Part political commentary, part performance art, the “Satan or Silence Project” has presented 11 South Florida municipalities with some stark choices: Either drop the invocation that opens city commission meetings, or allow us to lead a prayer to the prince of darkness.
Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled that a town’s practice of beginning legislative sessions with prayers does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, we petitioned the City of Deerfield Beach to allow us to offer a Satanic prayer. Casting aside their long tradition, Deerfield Beach moved to a moment of silence.
In 2015, we notified Lake County, FL we intend to sue.
Media coverage is extensive and pervasive.
We’re gonna take this dog-y-pony show on the road. We’ll hit up various red states, beat up the bible belt.
Our field researcher is investigating the requirements to offer a Satanic invocation before the opening of a state legislative body.
Having learned from 2015, this will be another time-consuming task requiring local boots on the ground.
- Understanding and complying with local invocation rules
- Travel onsite
This will be a yearlong campaign.
Our initial goal is to raise $3,000, and to grow it as the project takes hold.