Chaz Stevens is the atheist-turned Satanist who has been trying to deliver invocations at city councils across the state of Florida.
Rather than let him speak, though, many city councils have dropped invocations entirely.
But the essence of his request is simple: If officials say no to him but yes to everyone else, it’s religious discrimination. If he were a Christian, Fox News Channel would never stop covering him.
Lake County is one of those areas where he was rejected:
… [Stevens] requested the opportunity to perform an invocation before a regular County Commission meeting; his attempt to exercise his lawful rights were sternly rebuked by County Commission Chairman Jimmy Connor. In an interview with local media, Connor states, “There won’t be any satanic prayers while I’m chairman. The man isn’t going to bully me. It he hates God, he can do that. But we’re not going to spread devil worshipping in our chamber.”
[The] invocation, as requested and described, would be solemn in tone, respectful in nature, add gravitas to the occasion, and would not disparage any other religion nor proselytize.
In addition to Connor’s remarks about Satanists, Stevens doesn’t live in Lake County. That might be a problem, except there’s no written policy right now that says invocation speakers have to live in the area. So telling Stevens no for the reasons given so far would seem illegal.
And that’s why Stevens is now suing Lake County citing a violation of his religious freedom.
And wouldn’t you know it: The champions of religious liberty, Liberty Counsel, are working against Stevens. Because religious liberty only matters when Christians like Kim Davis say they want it.
Lake County Commission Chairman Jimmy Conner said the county met with lawyers from Liberty Counsel, which gained national attention for defending Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Liberty Counsel will defend Lake and offered to pay for all legal fees.
That’s not entirely truthful. Liberty Counsel may work pro bono, but if the county loses, it’s the taxpayers who will be on the hook to pay Stevens’ lawyer’s legal fees.
Until that happens, though, Stevens is paying his own way to fight this battle. He’s set up a page for those who want to help him in his efforts.
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