Chaz Stevens is on a roll. The atheist-turned-Satanist has pressured another city commission in Florida to stop invocations altogether just so no one has to hear him speak.
Remember: Stevens made this happen in Coral Springs last month (they didn’t want to see an invocation that involved twerking and/or a mariachi band). Deerfield Beach and Delray Beach have dropped their invocations for the same reason.
And now it’s happening in Dania Beach (article behind paywall):
Before the start of Dania Beach meetings, City Commissioners Al Jones and Bobbie Grace have for years taken turns saying a Christian prayer.
After receiving several snarky, profanity-laden emails from Stevens in the past month, City Attorney Tom Ansbro recommended the commission start observing a moment of silence instead.
City Commissioner Chickie Brandimarte warned of “big trouble” if Stevens were permitted to deliver a public prayer to the devil.
“If we let Satan guy come up here, I can’t control what [he’s] going to do,” she said. “I see chaos coming. It would just get into a big, big turmoil here.”
I’m not a fan of the profanity-laden emails. There are more mature ways to handle this issue. But let’s be clear: The commissioners shouldn’t be saying the prayers themselves (that’s illegal), and if they can’t handle a non-Christian speaking, that’s their problem.
Stevens may be a jerk in his interactions with the commissioners, but he’s not wrong on principle and he’s not wrong to request an invocation date.
The only people who should be complaining about a moment of silence are Christians who think the only prayers that matter are the ones that are said out loud. Since Jesus warns against that in the Bible, I guess everyone will be thrilled!
The best part about the article has to be this line:
Stevens is still waiting to hear from Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Lake Worth and Pompano Beach.
So expect more posts like this in the near future.
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