Satan or Silence

Issue

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.

History

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.

While other towns followed, some, like Pompano Beach, FL and Boca Raton, FL, stood firm.

In 2015, we notified Lake County, FL we intend to sue.

2016 Goal

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.

Challenge(s)

Having learned from 2015, this will be another time-consuming task requiring local boots on the ground.

Challenges include:

  • Understanding and complying with local invocation rules
  • Travel onsite

Fundraising Needs

This will be a yearlong campaign.

Our initial goal is to raise $3,000, and to grow it as the project takes hold.

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