Activist Requests to Lead Satanic Prayer at FL High School Football Game

SOUTH FLORIDA — After the United States Supreme Court upheld a high school football coach’s right to pray at the 50-yard line, a South Florida artist and political activist contacted a high school in the county de Broward to ask him to lead a satanic invocation in one of his football games.

Chaz Stevens, an atheist who founded the Mars Mount Jab Church Activist Groupcontacted Broward County Schools, asking to lead a satanic prayer at a Deerfield Beach High School football game, which he attended.

“I want to say a prayer on the 50-yard line at my alma mater,” he told Patch. “I guess they’ll tell me to kiss it. It all started when the Supreme Court of the United States, aka the ‘American Taliban,’ ruled in favor of a high school coach in Bremerton, Washington, and now he is allowed to give his prayers after the game.”

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In late June, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of Bremerton High School coach Joseph Kennedy. The court’s conservative majority argued that the prayers came after football games were over, when Kennedy was no longer in charge of the students, according to the Associated Press.

Judge Neil Gorsuch, writing for the majority in the ruling, said, “The Constitution and the best of our traditions advise mutual respect and tolerance, not censorship and repression, for religious and non-religious views.”

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Gorsuch noted that the coach was “praying during a time when school employees were free to talk with a friend, call for a restaurant reservation, check email, or take care of things.” other personal matters” and “while his students were otherwise occupied”.

He added, in his ruling, “Respect for religious expressions is indispensable to life in a free and diverse Republic – whether those expressions take place in sanctuary or on land, and whether manifested in speech or bowed head.”

Stevens also contacted the Bremerton School District to lead a prayer at one of their football games.

“There was no response from them on this,” Stevens said.

In a press release, the activist said, “I’m old enough to remember when the separation of church and state was a cherished constitutional concept here. Now it seems like ‘l ‘Hell with the facts,’ they say – throwing aside our established laws like dirty laundry in their lustful desire for religious expression.”

Stevens is known statewide for his satirical political activism and art.

In April, he wrote letters to more than 60 Florida school district superintendents demanding that their school systems remove the Bible from classrooms, libraries, and any teaching materials used by students.

His request was in response to the Florida Department of Education’s banning of more than 50 math textbooks and Governor Ron DeSantis’ signature. House Bill 1467 in law, giving parents more influence over their school district’s teaching materials, library books, and textbooks.

In 2015, he started a project called “Satan or Silence” after listening to a religious invocation ahead of a Dania Beach City Commission meeting.

“They said ‘Jesus Christ’ 23 times in less than two minutes,” he said.

It was then that Stevens learned “to turn bureaucracy against itself and use the weight of bureaucracy against itself,” he said.

He told the city commission that he was a Satanist seeking protection and equal rights under the Fourteenth Amendment and asked if he could perform a satanic prayer before a commission meeting. He made similar demands in other South Florida cities.

As a result, several cities, including Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs and Delray Beach, have all dropped prayers from their meetings, according to south florida’s sentry of the sun.

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is the only community to host it at a city commission meeting about five years ago, Stevens told Patch. He will lead a prayer at an upcoming meeting there in late July.

In 2013, after a Nativity was displayed at the State Capitol, his holiday exhibit depicting Festivus — a mock holiday from the 1990s sitcom “Seinfeld” — was allowed to go to Tallahassee.

Stevens built the 6ft Festivus pole using empty Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans and PVC pipe, according to NRP. The made-up party also calls for people to celebrate with a “grievance broadcast”, where they share their disappointments and problems from the previous year.

More recently, last December, he created another untraditional holiday display in the State Capitol Rotunda – cardboard cutouts of Dr. Anthony Fauci dressed as Santa Claus and the Fox News show host Tucker Carlson dressed as a reaper.

“My message is always wrapped in humor. It makes me laugh and I make beautiful art. It’s all wrapped up in my art,” he said. “My art is wrapped in activism and that makes me happy.”

This story includes reporting from The Associated Press.


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