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Should a Florida Town Be Forced to Open Up Town Meeting With Satanist Prayer?

A self-described Satanist is pushing back against a Supreme Court ruling allowing prayer at town meetings by asking his Florida community to honor his own Satanic prayers.

Chaz Stevens is known for causing controversy. Last year, he fought and won the right to put up a festivus pole made entirely out of beer cans next to a local nativity display, claiming it was in honor of his “Pabstfestidian” beliefs, so named because of his love for Pabst beer.

Since winning that battle though, Stevens has had a change of heart, and recently converted to Satanism because, as he told the press, “Satan is a cool dude.”

“Think of all the people he’s in charge of,” Stevens said of his recent enlightenment. “Do you want to be stuck listening to harp music in the afterlife? Hell no. I want to drink beer and hang with hookers.”

Now, Stevens has asked to lead prayer at an upcoming town meeting in his Deerfield Beach community and advised the town leaders that he plans on evoking the name of Satan.

“Why discriminate against one make-believe god over another?” he stressed, pointing out that the town meetings are regularly opened with Christian prayer, causing none of the controversy of his parallel request. “Satan and I are being circumvented. The city of Deerfield Beach has once again declared war on religion — and this time it’s Satanism.”

He also pointed out that the Supreme Court ruling allows that a specific diety or faith tradition can be acknowledged during the public prayer, so according to the high court he has every right to want his faith and his Dark Lord to be represented in the public space, even if others don’t share his views.

“I just want equal billing. We allow various religious nutjobs to give a prayer. They pray to Jesus who is make-believe, god who is make-believe, why not Satan who is make-believe?” he asked.

The Deerfield Beach community has not yet responded to Steven’s request.

Photo Credit: Chaz Stevens/Festivus Pole

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