An organization is encouraging the public to stand behind an Arizona city that is standing up to bullying tactics from a Satanist group.
John Horvat, vice president of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, says the City of Scottsdale deserves to be commended for refusing to cave when the Tucson-based Satanic Temple demanded to lead the invocation at a city board meeting in 2016.
The same Satanists have made the same demand to several other Arizona cities such as Phoenix, which dropped the invocation rather than allow it, The Arizona Republic newspaper reported.
Despite their alliance with the Prince of Darkness, Satanists generally claim publicly they are not religious at all but are actually humanists and atheists who don't believe in the supernatural, including Lucifer.
According to the Republic story, the planned invocation for Scottsdale is described by an attorney representing the Satanic Temple as a "short talk on logic and reason and how to not be controlled by superstition."
Yet the Scottsdale lawsuit ironically claims religious discrimination perpetrated by the city government.
Scottsdale, meanwhile, is claiming it refused them because they have no ties to the community even though ministers from other communities have led the pre-meeting prayers, the Republic said.
Horvat says his organization has started an online petition to sign thanking Scottsdale’s longtime mayor, Jim Lane, for standing up to the Satanists and their threats, a legal fight that is now stretching into a fourth year.
The petition, which is online at ReturntoOrder.org, has climbed to 18,000 signatures and Horvat says the goal is 20,000.
According to Horvat, the Satanic Temple is trying to “mainstream” itself for what is really an evil cause.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to clarify Satanists' conflicting statements about rejecting the supernatural and claiming religious discrimination.