Church of Satan goes after ‘blasphemers’ who falsely chanted ‘Hail Satan’

Church of Satan goes after ‘blasphemers’ who falsely chanted ‘Hail Satan’

Now you've done it. You've angered these guys!
Now you’ve done it. You’ve angered these guys!

The moral of this story out of Texas yesterday is that if you’re going to mock someone for what you presume to be their religious beliefs, then you had better steer clear of mocking someone else’s religious beliefs.

The narrative in a nutshell (nut case?) is that pro-abortion activists supporting a Lone Star State mandate that would illegalize abortions past the 20th week of pregnancy were drowned out in their rendition of “Amazing Grace” by counter-protesters chanting “Hail Satan.”

Putting aside for a moment that the Christian hymn crossed over long ago into the realm of secular music — that is, not every pro-lifer singing yesterday may have been doing so out of religious fervor — the choice to ridicule them by espousing Satan worship offended a whole new group of the “devout.” reports that the mockery raised the hackles of the “Church of Satan,” which lamented on Twitter:

Unfortunate to see Satan’s name used in such a diabolical manner. Another example of what ‘Satanism’ doesn’t represent.

When you’ve lost the devil worshippers…

In the meantime, James Taranto today had an amusing segment on the kerfuffle that addressed an attempt to excuse the mock Satan worship by Elspeth Reeve of The Atlantic Wire. Referencing the complaints by conservative websites over the inappropriateness of the abortion backers, Reeves writes:

And yet that wasn’t the worst of it. Twitchy, The Daily Caller, The Blaze, and others [including the present site] picked up a photo showing a little girl holding a sign that says, ‘If I wanted the government in my womb, I would f*** a senator!’…

However, it’s a fake. Or at least, it’s not from the Texas demonstrations. The photo was posted on a message board in December 2007. The anti-abortion crowd will have to stick with its five Satanists.

Taranto notes that today that final paragraph “has a strikethrough tag and is followed by this update: ‘I read the date wrong. The photo is real! My apologies. The pro-choice activists appear to have let a kid hold that sign after all, which, gross [sic].’”

How much do supporters of so-called “reproductive rights” want to believe in the righteousness of their cause? So much so that they will pretend not only to worship Satan but to see things that aren’t there.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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