Orange County, Orlando, FL – A rally is being held in support of Florida Governor Rick Scott by The Satanic Temple. The rally will be held later this month and will be the first major rally for this group. But in an ironic twist, it’s not your normal Satanic group. They are out to rally for Rick Scott in support of a bill that allows the potential of prayer in public schools.
The founder of Satanic Temple Neil Bricke, who is based in New York, is expected to appear and speak at the rally. They hope to open a temple in New York in the next few months. As of right now, there are no temples, but is an online group.
“New York is a pretty good place for Satanism. Florida is too,” said Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves. (She said it, not me)
The Florida bill that has delighted the Satanists is Senate Bill 98 and gives students “sole discretion in determining whether an inspirational message is to be delivered” at a student assembly. The bill prohibits school officials from participating in or influencing whether an inspirational message will be delivered.
Satanists feel that the policy “does a lot to support religious diversity,” according to Greaves.
“The Satanic Temple embraces the free expression of religion, and Satanists are happy to show their support of Rick Scott who, particularly with SB 98, has reaffirmed our American freedom to practice our faith openly, allowing our Satanic children the freedom to pray in school,” the Temple said in a release announcing the rally.
“This is a great country. Everyone has a voice,” Gov. Scott’s press secretary wrote in an email to ABCNews.com when asked about the rally.
Greaves said that Satanism is an “unjustly maligned” religion.
“I think that Satanism is the very definition of a marginalized or misunderstood religion,” Greaves said. “People don’t think of Satanism as being a compassion-based religion in the least, and they usually associate it with anti-human behavior.”
Members of the religion believe that Satan “has the compassion and wisdom of an angel,” according to the religion’s website. They believe that God is perfect and outside the sphere of the physical, so Satan presides over the universe as his “proxy.”
While again, this is the religions first major rally, Greaves said that they have many followers who are interested, but does not know how many will be in attendance. The exact numbers of the group is unknown, but says it has in the thousands based on online activity around the world.
Greaves said that when their building opens, “We would be the only real, active Satanic church that actually holds public services.” The Santanic Templed was formed in 2012. To view their website you can go to -The Satanic Temple.