I’m having a lot of fun reading the hyperbolic response from Michigan legislators, eager to pander to the rubes by throwing a tantrum about the holiday display recently approved from the Satanic Temple. They took to the floor of the state senate to howl in feigned outrage.
State senators will ensure a nativity scene is erected near the state Capitol after learning the Detroit branch of a secularist group that includes Satanists has permission for a display on the Capitol’s north lawn for three days before Christmas.
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, made the announcement early Tuesday afternoon after Sen. Tupac Hunter, D-Detroit, made a floor speech toward the end of the session citing biblical scripture and denouncing Satan as a “liar.” Hunter’s speech elicited a chorus of “amens” as Republican senators in the GOP-dominated Senate went on record in support of the minority floor leader’s comments.
The Satanic Temple of Detroit got permission for the display, while an individual from Florida was seeking local help to exhibit a proposed nativity scene. Jones said fellow senators would make sure the nativity scene is erected and taken down daily in accordance with Capitol rules.
That’s what makes this so funny to me. They could have had a nativity scene any time if they’d wanted it, every year for decades, but they didn’t want it enough to take it down every night as the rules require. But the tiny little Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple easily found someone to put it up and take it down every day. It was only when they did so and got their display approved that the Brave Defenders of God decided it was worth the effort. If you need me, I’ll be over here pointing and laughing.