Florida pastor vows to destroy planned Satanic holiday display

Florida pastor vows to destroy planned Satanic holiday display September 28, 2017

Pastor Mark Boykin, above, senior pastor at the Church of All Nations in Boca Raton, has a sledgehammer. And he told media this week that he plans to use it to knock down a display due to be set up in a local park to honour Satan.
Boykin said in this report:

In essence they’re putting out a welcome mat for Satan.

He is astounded that Boca Raton authorities have given permission to teacher Preston Smith put up a 6-foot-tall pentagram, painted blood red, with a wooden image of Satan in the middle of it during the holiday season.
Jeremy Rodgers, Boca Raton’s Deputy Mayor explained why the display is being allowed:

We can’t say no to this, as offensive as it is. Our lawyers said whatever you do, don’t do that. Because it will be an expensive lawsuit.

But Boykin insists:

I think this is reprehensible. I think it’s an insult to our city.

Smith’s giant metal pentagram, weighing 300 pounds, will be accompanied by the slogans “In Satan We Trust”, “One Nation under Antichrist” and “May the Children Hail Satan”.
Smith refers to himself as an Atheistic Satanist in the application he submitted to the city.
Susan Haynie, Boca Rato’s Mayor said:

I find this extremely offensive. But you know, again, we’ve chosen as the council to honour free speech.

Scott Singer, a Boca Raton city council member added:

This is not consistent with my particular values, but free speech means people have an opportunity to express themselves, whether government likes it or not or whether individuals like it or not.

Along with the pentagram Smith also intends to put up a “Freedom from Religion Nativity Scene” that stresses there can be no religious freedom without the freedom to dissent.
Last December, the same teacher erected a metal pentagram in the same park where churches set up a traditional nativity scene with the Baby Jesus in a manger and the Virgin Mary.
Brandishing a sledgehammer during a TV interview, Boykin huffed:

It’s evil, it’s the essence of evil. I will take the responsibility for taking the sledgehammer and knocking it down.

The pentagram and Freedom from Religion Nativity Scene will be on display at Sanborn Square on Federal Highway in Boca Raton from December 1 through January 6, 2018.
Smith says he’s never experienced this level of hatred from supposedly religious folks who preach love, tolerance and acceptance.

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  • Adrian

    I wonder how this moron would react if someone went on TV and threatened to take a sledgehammer to a Nativity display? Hateful Christians will hate.

  • L.Long

    So Satan according to your own book o’BS has done nothing much except ask humans to THINK! is an insult…really!?
    But you celebrate the birth of an ahole preacher who gives bad advice and condemns to hell and eternal torment for the sin of saying ‘where is the evidence of this’! I think you all are insulted by the wrong imaginary creature!

  • barriejohn

    We can’t say no to this, as offensive as it is.
    Why is it “offensive”, Mr Rodgers? Satan doesn’t really exist; don’t you realize that?

  • sailor1031

    “…we’ve chosen as the council to honour free speech.”
    “as the council” they’ve chosen to avoid an expensive lawsuit that .they would lose. Like most religion addicts they don’t care about free speech rights of others but they do care about money.

  • Broga

    Boykin says it is an insult to “our city.” Not as big an insult as Boykin’s behaviour.

  • John the Drunkard

    Any imam would be equally justified in promising to smash-up that cute widdle creche. Since the Koran denies that Jebus was divine, or that he was resurrected, ALL expressions of Xtianity are blasphemous by Islamic standards.

  • Marcus

    Well, I think that Preston Smith should punished for this abomination, and that he should be publicly stoned, along with any gays or lesbians who happen to live in Boko Haram – er Boca Raton. And I think the novelist Garrison Keillor will be with me on this.
    This is what he wrote following the election of Judge Roy Moore: If we create stoning grounds in the centers of our cities and we publicly execute those who are guilty of rebelliousness, adultery, engraving, shopping on Sunday and cursing, you will see America become great again, assuming you are not one who will be executed.

  • barriejohn

    Marcus: Those who are so insistent upon “Biblical morality” are always very selective when it comes to precisely which laws still have to be obeyed to the letter, and which punishments are to be handed down. That “unchanging” Word of God suddenly becomes very flexible in their hands – so much so that one could be forgiven for thinking that they are making it all up to suit themselves!

  • Vanity Unfair

    As I understand the situation, Satan, or the satan, meaning the adversary, is theologically merely part of JHWH’s civil service. His, her,its job is to test the holiness of JHWH’s subjects and to make sure they obey the rules. This is best exemplified in the book of Job and the stories of David.
    What the representatives of the Mosaic based religions (including the Christian and Islamic branches, though lots of them don’t like to admit it) could do is to support the Satanic display while pointing out to anyone who will listen that the object of Mr. Smith’s veneration is only an employee of their deity who must, perforce, receive even more respect. Much jollity, mutual appreciation and œcumenical harmony will therefore be spread around the park and peace will reign forever.
    What could be more Christmassy than that?

  • 1859

    You can’t debunk bullshit with yet more bullshit. Superstition does not collapse under the weight of yet more superstition. Of course the ‘atheist satanist’ should be allowed his pentagram, but worshiping satan is as dumb as worshiping his arch enemy – god. What’s not clear is whether this guy seriously – or tongue-in-cheek – believes in the devil?

  • barriejohn

    Vanity Unfair: That concept of “The Adversary” was totally out of date by the time that the New Testament was written. Christians, naturally, have great difficulty explaining this clear development of ideas in their Bible, but seem able to accommodate it somehow!

  • barriejohn

    @1859: Fret ye not – he’s an atheist!
    “This monument to Satan … serves as a sacred memorial for the countless freethinking heretics, heroic heathens and brave blasphemers brutally burned alive at the stake in city squares by righteous believers not long ago,” Smith said. “Love trumps hate.” (Dec. 2016)

  • barriejohn

    Preston Smith has featured on this site before. He seems to have a gift (I’m pleased to say) for ruffling the feathers of the sanctimonious:

  • Dionigi

    No such thing as an atheistic satanist. If you don’t believe in gods you don’t believe in satan. Sounds like the guy is just going out of his way to stir up christians.

  • barriejohn

    Dionigi: That’s exactly what he is doing. And the following is hilarious:
    Because religion is a protected class, a baker may refuse service to LGBTQ people, but they may not refuse service based upon someone’s religion. If they aren’t willing to make a cake for same-sex unions, let’s have them make a cake to honor Satan instead.
    The whole point is to show the ridiculous state of affairs in America, where religion is given preferential status. To those responsible, as has been stated here many times, “religion” means “the Christian faith”, and they seem blissfully unaware that there are a million different faiths with conflicting belief systems, and so either they ALL have preferential treatment, or none do. It’s as simple as that.

  • Vanity Unfair

    To barriejohn:
    Satan has, indeed, had a varied and self-contradictory fictional life and changes are perceptible even in the OT. There are “biographies” available to chronicle “his” career from Kersey Graves (1865) onwards and possibly earlier but time presses. However, I would dispute that the adversarial or testing function had been totally replaced by C1 AD.
    If you look at Matthew 4,1-11 AV you will find an account of the temptation of Jesus by Satan (named in v. 10 by Jesus who was related to the chairman of the board so probably knew the department heads). Incidentally, in v. 8 you will find biblical proof that the Earth is flat so who can argue against the rest.
    Of course, if your argument is that Satan was acting in a freelance rôle at the time I can find neither confirmation nor rebuttal in the text. I still think that the opportunity for œcumenical harmony should not be lightly dismissed.

  • barriejohn

    Vanity Unfair: Yes, I’m obviously referring again to “Paul” and his apostles! That story to which you refer is very OT in its outlook – maybe someone sneaked it in to the Gospels while no one was looking. (That’s a favourite way of dealing with such anomalous passages.) However, there is no need to worry about the Bible suggesting that either the world is flat, or that there is an enormous mountain in Palestine that no one has noticed, from which one can view all the kingdoms of the world. Aquinas says: In regard to the words, “‘He showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them,’ we are not to understand that He saw the very kingdoms, with the cities and inhabitants, their gold and silver: but that the devil pointed out the quarters in which each kingdom or city lay, and set forth to Him in words their glory and estate.” The Biblical writers just forgot to add that little bit. It’s simple when you know how.

  • Vanity Unfair

    To barriejohn:
    As you will be aware there is an hypothesis, certainly not a theory, that in his “missing” years Jesus went to India and studied Buddhism. This explains the similarities between the two philosophies. Of course, there are other, more likely, explanations. However, suppose while in India he took a ride on a vimana. If the temptation took place there, that would explain being able to see all the countries of the world from one place. “Mountain” would then merely be a bad translation for a concept that had no equivalent term in Aramaic or Greek. Thus we find a correlation between three legends and simplify what would otherwise be contradictions by one piece of twaddle. I do like bringing together diverse legends.
    Yes, the Matthew passage is OT. I regard this as being evidence of an early text, that part of it anyway, before the corruptors set about turning the stories into a Christian, rather than Jewish, context. Saul/Paul was probably the most influential of these, assuming he actually existed and was not merely a cover name for a committee. It was not sneaked in but overlooked until it was too late to amend. If Thomas Aquinas can get away with such a blatant piece of bad logic then so can I. After all it took over 1,200 years to come up with that explanation. As Robert M. Price says, “Apologetics means never having to say you’re sorry.”
    2,000 years and still nobody can prove what the texts mean.
    I almost wrote “nobody is certain” but realised in time that actually too many people are certain, and they all have contradictory certainties. That’s what stops religion being fun.