The documentary Hail Satan?, all about The Satanic Temple, has received plenty of publicity as well as a several rants from people who assume the intent is to steer viewers to Satan. One priest even said “the effects of this movie, can and will, be greatly devastating”… even though he hadn’t seen it.
The irrational criticism didn’t stop there. Yesterday, before a screening of the film at Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra in Katy, Texas, a group of Christians held a protest. For some reason. Programming Director Robert Saucedo was able to get a couple of pictures of the clueless (but very angry) group.
Their signs say things like “The Virgin Mary triumphs over proud Lucifer. She shall crush thy head.” And “Honk! to reject blasphemy.” Another notes that the entrance fee to the theater is “30 pieces of silver,” which is supposedly what Judas was paid to betray Jesus.
HAIL SATAN protesters. pic.twitter.com/p6g9ZBGNeK
— Robert Saucedo (@robsaucedo2500) May 30, 2019
The documentary is not a glorification of Satan nor is it about Satanists or people who worship the devil. Alamo Drafthouse believes Hail Satan? is an important and timely film, as it fosters needed discussion and support for the first amendment and religious freedom. This is not a documentary about religious values, this is a film about core American non-partisan democratic values, an exploration of the first amendment, and as such we are proud to show Hail Satan?
Honestly, the protest is so absurd that it would make more sense if members of The Satanic Temple organized it themselves just to drum up publicity. But I doubt that’s the case here since the Satanists’ signs would’ve been way more clever.
It’s not clear which church or group these protesters belong to.
(Thanks to Brian for the link)