Would you let a Satanist do the opening prayer at a city council meeting? | The Tylt
Dressed in a full black hooded robe and looking very Emperor Palpatine, David Suhor, the co-founder of the West Florida of the Satanic Temple, took the podium on July 20th to do the opening invocation for a city council meeting in Pensacola, FL.
The scene was considered so offensive that city council member Gerald Wingate, a Christian, had to walk out of the meeting. Along the way he passed protestors who earlier tried to prevent the Satanic invocation by drowning it out with the Lord's Prayer.
On the one hand, David has every right to give non-Christian prayers at city council meetings. The government, after all, isn't supposed to favor any religion. So David has given prayers drawing from Pagan, Jewish and Islamic traditions.
But many point out that David himself is obviously not a devout Satanist.... or anything. Instead, he is going out of his way to bring in traditions that are offensive to the deeply religious community of Pensacola, where you can find one of the largest Christian colleges in the country.
Of course from a legal perspective David has every right to give a prayer where he asks people to "embrace the Luciferian impulse to eat of the tree of knowledge," but if you were there - what would you do? Would you #LetSatanPray or #StopSatansPrayers
Would you let a Satanist do the opening prayer at a city council meeting?