The Satanic Temple of Florida plans to march to the governor's
office later this month to thank him for recently signing a bill
that permits inspirational messages and prayer delivered by
Temple officials are trying to raise awareness in an official
statement of how their group contributes to American civic life.
OneNewsNow discussed the subject with Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver, who
questions whether the organization even exists and will really
gather to pat Governor Rick Scott on the back.
"I think what it may well be are atheists or
secularists who want to make it appear that this law that Governor
Scott signed into law is actually going to allow Satanists to have
some kind of voice in the public school or in the public square,
and thus put pressure on the legislature to repeal the law," he
The law passed by the legislature and signed into law allows
schools -- at the initiation of students -- and government
bodies to conduct prayer, something that has been repeatedly
challenged by atheist organizations.
"And, of course, the always resounding retort to that by
secularists is But the Satanists will be able to do the same
thing. In reality, that never really happens," says Staver.
"So I think in this particular case this probably isn't a real
Satanist group. This is probably a secularist group."
Staver believes it is more of a publicity stunt than anything
else in order to wipe the law off the books.