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2. Scottsdale, Arizona

The city of Scottsdale, Arizona is doing everything in its power to stifle religious freedom and religious expression. Ted Cruz would be just appalled.

Except that in this case the people seeking to exercise their First Amendment rights happen to be Satanists. So, you know, the Constitution doesn’t apply, and they can go straight to Hell.

Please note that Satanism does not refer to a worship of the literal Satan — it’s basically a doctrine for all who are opposed to arbitrary authority and celebrate individual sovereignty in the face of corrupt, illegitimate institutions (like, I don’t know, state religion). Accordingly, Satanism attracts a broad spectrum of atheists, agnostics, and basically anyone who wants to turn the tables against a conservative Christian establishment, by using the same legal machinery that the Moral Majority has abused for decades to advance its own religious agenda.

Which is pretty much exactly what happened in Scottsdale, which barred the Satanic Temple from leading a prayer at a council meeting in July, even though it had already been scheduled. The Temple is fighting back, calling the decision arbitrary and baseless. A city spokesman told reporters that only “representatives from institutions that have a substantial connection to the Scottsdale community” should be allowed to give the invocation, hence the ousting.

Friendly Atheist’s Hermant Mehta writes:

That’s not necessarily an unreasonable rule, as the [Satanic] Temple’s chapter is based in Tucson and not Scottsdale, but why did it only become an issue after the Satanists were given the green light? And doesn’t it count if some of the Temple’s members live in Scottsdale?

It sounds more like city officials feared what would happen and scrambled to find a reason to boot them from the list.

Indeed, back in March, Scottsdale’s mayor Jim Lane admitted that city officials were working to “find a clean path, one that is legal,” to bar the group from giving the invocation.

AZ Central reports:

“We’re not in the business of entertaining an invocation that makes a mockery,” Lane said. “I’m not an advocate of it, of course.”

Thousands of emails filled Scottsdale officials’ inboxes over the prayer issue this spring, and religious groups were preparing to organize in protest.

Lucien Greaves, the Satanist Temple’s national spokesperson, told Mehta in an email that the Temple was considering legal action, pending the city’s response to a number of questions. Namely, how did Scottsdale determine exactly wheat the Temple’s connection to the city was? And do they apply this level of scrutiny to anyone (a Christian, say) who wishes to give the invocation?

Or might this have been, you know, religious discrimination?

Next: Bryan Fischer 

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Sam Reisman

Sam Reisman is the former managing editor at The National Memo, where he still writes the weekly "This Week In Crazy" column. His writing has appeared in Flavorpill, The Huffington Post, Columbia Daily Spectator, and Bwog. He was the publisher of the 2010 edition of Inside New York, an annual guidebook to the city for students and young professionals.

Since 2011, he has co-curated and hosted Peculiar Streams, a showcase for NYC-based writers, musicians, comedians, and filmmakers. He is a staff writer at Mediaite, and blogs at SamReisman.com.

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  1. dtgraham May 27, 2016

    To think, I was just getting used to the bible being banned and gay marriage made mandatory in Canada; now this. I was just starting to get on with my government-mandated same sex partner, Roger Cudmore, and now I’ll probably have to change my gender eventually too. Huh. How do you like that. Well, Trudeau’s campaign slogan last year was, “Real Change.” (true)

    Those LGBT pride parades in Canada are getting lame enough as it is. Pretty soon they’ll just be a bunch of married dudes and dudettes in Crocs buying ice cream for their adopted Syrian infants. An LGBT will just be a sandwich.

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    1. timmfr30 May 27, 2016

      we don’t care what you do lizard, as long as you respect and don’t infringe on ANYONE’S rights and beliefs and it seems your slimy brain can’t seem to accept that, it’s all about ” poor you”…that’s the point

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      1. charleo1 May 27, 2016

        You missed the Canadian humor! dtgraham is being facetious this morning.

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        1. timmfr30 May 27, 2016

          there is no such thing…Canadian humor is an oxymoron

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          1. dtgraham May 27, 2016

            Tell that to Kevin Bacon’s extended family, the Canadian Bacons.

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          2. timmfr30 May 27, 2016

            HA! good one…thanks for the chuckle…..

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          3. charleo1 May 27, 2016

            Careful. Canada may be our only open means of escape!

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          4. Bill Thompson May 28, 2016

            Trust me Canada is going to build the wall to keep us out.

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          5. dtgraham May 28, 2016

            And they’ll get Trump to pay for it.

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    2. charleo1 May 27, 2016

      Well you know, there is always going to be those people who must be dragged, kicking, and squealing into the future, and evidently you’re one of them.
      Look: I know, because I used to be just like you! You know, a man. But modern medicine is a marvel, and they’ve really improved this kind of stuff. And I can say with great confidence, that I don’t hardly miss it at all that much anymore. If I get real drunk, close one eye, and squint hard with the other, and look at that gorgeous Prime Minister you all have up there!

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      1. dtgraham May 27, 2016

        I’m glad it worked out for ya. Nothing to fear then. I hear you on that Trudeau. If this PM thing doesn’t work out, maybe he can dump Sophie and become the next Bachelor. Nice to have something to fall back on. I’m guessing at that point that Rachel Dolezal would then pretend to be Canadian. Aaah…she means well.

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      2. WriterGuy10 May 27, 2016

        I’d be happy just dragging some of these people into the present, never mind the future…

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  2. charleo1 May 27, 2016

    I didn’t wake up this morning planning on siding with a group of Satanists. However, somebody needs to explain to these people, that in this Country it is impossible to enact laws enshrining religious preference, and institutional bias, without leaving their own faiths subject to the same institutionally mandated prejudices, and law enforced biases. As there will always be that energetic zealot that believes his or her ways would so much better for society, if they or “their kind,” or their color, or culture were upheld over all the rest. Aren’t we so lucky as Americans, to have a Constitution that seeks to free us from such never ending strife, and misery? It’s so important, and becoming too often ignored. That perhaps we should dispense with all this open religious incantation prior to all our governmental meetings from Congress on down. If we’re just going to use religion as a cudgel, or divisive tactic Or to curry favor, from those citizens we like, while excluding others for which we harbor biases. If those who make our laws have forgotten the proper place for religion in our Constitutional Republic. Then let’s take religion back to our Churches, Synagogues, and Mosques, Where it began. Where it may be freely, and openly practiced. And where it properly, and Constitutionally belongs.

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    1. Dominick Vila May 27, 2016

      Bravo!

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        1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth May 31, 2016

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    2. dtgraham May 27, 2016

      Double bravo!

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  3. itsfun May 27, 2016

    I am glad to see the Donald not afraid to criticize a Republican Governor. It shows he is not a party hack.

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    1. charleo1 May 27, 2016

      You’re so easy. If he winks at you, do you think he loves you?

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      1. itsfun May 27, 2016

        Really not a fan of his, but it looks more and more like he may be our next President.

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    2. jmprint May 27, 2016

      But is doesn’t prove he is not a quack.

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    3. Grannysmovin May 27, 2016

      He is a party hack, he kissing up to Ryan and waiting for his marching orders.

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      1. itsfun May 27, 2016

        I don’t think so, it may be the other way around

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        1. Sand_Cat May 27, 2016

          You’re likely correct there.

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    4. Sand_Cat May 27, 2016

      No, he’s just a hack. Not a party hack. He’s a Trump hack.

      One would hope even you have better sense than to support him.

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  4. Paul Bass May 27, 2016

    “Thank a white man”

    Pfft, ha, ha, ho, ho, tee, hee… yea, right.

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  5. jmprint May 27, 2016

    Stone is the devil’s advocate.

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  6. FireBaron May 27, 2016

    Gotta love the crazies. My only problem is these guys vowed to leave the US and move to Canada in 2008 and 2012 are still here.

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    1. dtgraham May 27, 2016

      Whoever is serious this time around may have some problems. If Trump wins, I hear that Canada is planning on leaving for Australia.

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  7. Joan May 27, 2016

    Does Trump have any campaign staff who are not either incompetent, respondent Holly, or a bottom dweller like Stone?

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  8. johninPCFL May 27, 2016

    Fischer already believes that slavery is a biblically-condoned social convention, so he’s already pissed at both Canada and the US.
    As to the rest of humanity, his only problem with China is their anti-religious bent (but their conservatism is OK), with Iran for backing the wrong cloud-guy (but their conservatism is OK).
    If only he could convince Kim Jong Un to become Baptist (or at least claim to be), North Korea would be the perfect nation-state for him.

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  9. CripesAmighty May 28, 2016

    Ya gotta admit the Scottsdale fellow does have a point: he’s got the Satanic Temples number in that, in sum, they’re trolling. Good-natured, witty, and designed to illustrate hypocrisy, but trolling nonetheless.

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  10. Aaron_of_Portsmouth May 31, 2016

    The title is another reminder to me that I need to reinforce the universal learned-response to categorize people with “Race” and skin color as the primary “key” in my mind’s “Database”, and instead substitute that with a new primary key—namely “Human”.
    The secondary keys of “Race”, skin color, ethnicity, nationality, and the like are useful in informing me of the wonderful diversity and uniqueness of humans as individuals and based on their cultures. Some cultural aspects like notions of racial superiority, “purity” based on “white” skin color, concepts regarding what constitutes “beauty” in humans, etc., need to be discarded altogether, while the positive aspects of our cultures must be maintained.

    There is no need for me to catalog the indecencies and inhumanity which dominant groups of humans have inflicted on those humans who were unable to adequately defend or assert themselves to ward off more aggressive human groups.

    Those “Africans” who evolved to become “Modern Humans” as of ~50K years ago migrated throughout Africa and up into the Levant, over into the Arabian Peninsula, into Asia, some to Europe, and others into the Americas, Australasia, and the Pacific islands. All the while during the eons of migrating to different climes, skin color, hair, and facial morphology changed as the environment dictated.

    “Whiteness” as a concept and ideology took shape among lighter-skinned humans in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere according to misinterpretation of metaphors used in Religious Books and in the sayings of the various Prophets. Without the structure for a “Standard” for interpretation, different opinions based on individual/group perceptions gave rise to the nimiety of sects and scriptural interpretations that has led to equally numerous interpretations of Books such as the Bible and the Qur’an to name two major sources.

    “Europeans” and “Arabs” had developed, as a result of environmemtal/cultural necessity, the means to become a dominant force global exploration by land and sea.
    With that mobility came the exportation of the faulty notions based on misinterpretations of their respective Books/Traditions, and which today have become firmly fixed in our neural pathways vis a vis how we relate to those humans who look different according to face, hair, and skin color.

    To retrain and build new neural pathways, a new Paradigm needs to be introduced to universally train all of humanity. That paradigm has to foremost be something from outside “Human Experience” and “Human Conventions”—the only such means of achieving that has been through the agency of Religion.

    But Religions have appeared successively over time to different peoples and using different wording and symbols according to the “spiritual capacities” of the people for those eras. Note that no two Major Religions have appeared on the planet at the same time in support of this observation regarding human development/capacity.
    Therefore, that which is needed is a New Message that parallels the needs of this Age and is capable of speaking in terms of the mental/spiritual potential of today’s humanity.

    That Message, I humbly submit, is that of The Baha’i Faith whose Author is Baha’u’llah.

    This Message is not the Last. When Muhammad referred to Himself as “The Seal of the Prophets”, He meant the “seal” of a Cycle, referred to in the Baha’i Writings as “The Adamic Cycle”. And now, Baha’u’llah has ushered in a New Cycle.

    With this new Cycle, those who are referred to as “Baha’is” have begun in response to “create” a New Race of Humanity—–a “race” that transcends religious differences as conceived in “limited” and proscribed minds of the past, which rises above skin color and facial differences, does away with divisive political/economic structures, and sees all of humanity as being from its inception as “members of the same family”.

    A specific aphorism which helps illustrate this new thinking and forms a pillar for this new Vision is the following:

    “O CHILDREN OF MEN! Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest. Such is My counsel to you, O concourse of light! Heed ye this counsel that ye may obtain the fruit of holiness from the tree of wondrous glory.”

    The sooner Trump, the GOP, all those on “The Left” and anyone in between, develop new “sight” to comprehend this, the better it would be for them and the rest of the Planet.

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  11. winsmith August 12, 2016

    I can see why this is anonymous. I’d be embarrassed to put my name on this crap. Even a five year old would be

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