Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie seems bullied by Atheist quoting constitutional rights to put up satanic symbol during Christmas. Local interfaith leaders respond with a symbol of their own.
- A “satanic display” of a pentagram with a nearby banner and sign were placed in Sanborn Square in Boca Raton, Florida.
- Local media reports indicate that the surrounding faith community is outraged.
- The park is officially designated by the city as a free speech zone.
- This is believed to be the first year that a self-declared Atheistic Satanist decided to erect a ten foot tall red satanic pentagram monument and a Freedom from Religion Foundation banner at the park.
Since when is a satanic symbol decoration display for any holiday, let alone Christmas? Boca Raton officials seem bothered by the self-declared Atheistic Satanist's request to put a symbol in the park, but legally forced to allow it. Not far from the display are a Biblical nativity scene, a Christmas tree and a menorah. Talk about an unequally yoked scene! Dayton Daily reports that the banner and sign, read “In Satan We Trust” and “Celebrate Winter Solstice,” though that appears to have been spray painted over at some point. Reportedly the Freedom From Religion Foundation is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the vandal. The display prompted St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church and a local interfaith organization to release a statement. They also planted another banner at the park which reads:
“The Interfaith religious community honors our constitutional rights of freedom of speech and worship. We are blessed to live in a country that cherishes and protects these rights. The use of satanic symbols is offensive, and harmful to our community’s well being. We find it a shameful and hypocritical way to advocate for freedom from religion.”
Mayor Haynie is seen on the city's public Facebook page showing support for the interfaith community’s decision to erect a banner near the scene. She is quoted by local news outlet Dayton Daily saying that she finds the satanic symbol offensive. Haynie released the following in a statement via press release:
"In years past, the seasonal, religious displays in Sanborn Square have contained messages projecting the themes of peace, forgiveness and harmony. This display appears to be more about shock value, attention and challenging our commitment to constitutionally protected free speech rather than promoting goodwill, respect and tolerance during the holiday season."
Article by TRUNEWS.