Florida Teacher to set up Satanic Display that Reads ‘May the Children Hail Statan’

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The following article was written by Joshua Gill and originally appeared on www.dailycaller.com/

A Florida teacher plans to erect a Satanic display at a park during the Christmas season to entice children to “hail Satan,” outraging local parents.

Preston Smith, who teaches language arts at a Boca Raton middle school, said he plans to display a 300-pound metal Satanic pentagram, sporting “One Nation Under Antichrist,” “May The Children Hail Satan,” and “In Satan We Trust,” in Sanborn Square, according to WND.  Smith, who made a similar Satanic spectacle in the park last year, will erect this year’s exhibition to protest a Nativity scene also displayed in the park, according to Christian Today.

“‘May the Children Hail Satan’ is an artistic expression of defiance toward the Sanborn Square nativity scene, which performs an annual re-enactment of predatory indoctrination in a public park targeting young children before they have critical thinking skills,” Smith told WPTV. “Satan and God are clearly both fictional characters devoid of any verifiable peer-reviewed scientific evidence.”

Smith’s plans outraged local Christians, especially pastor Mark Boykin of Church of All Nations, who promised to destroy the display with a sledgehammer should Smith dare to put it up and entice children to Satanism.

“In essence they’re putting out a welcome mat for Satan,” Boykin told CBS 12. “I think this is reprehensible. I think it’s an insult to our city. … It’s evil, it’s the essence of evil. I will take the responsibility for taking the sledgehammer and knocking it down.”

Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie decried the message of Smith’s display, but said that the city could not legally oppose it due to First Amendment protections.

“I find this extremely offensive. But you know, again, we’ve chosen as the council to honor free speech,” Haynie told CBS 12.

Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers affirmed Haynie’s statement, adding that the repercussions of opposing Smith’s display would be more than the city government wanted to bear.

“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,” Rodgers told CBS 12.

While the city’s hands may be tied, Smith’s career as a teacher may be in jeopardy, as Kim Bremer, president of the local parent-teacher association, said she wants to bring a metaphorical sledgehammer to Smith’s employment at Boca Raton Community Middle School.

“A teacher we entrust our children with should not be putting a sign like this anywhere,” Bremer told CBS 12.

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  1. Good, I’m glad that this has stirred up conversation. Just like the satanic statue in Detroit, it helps determine what the US really thinks about the representation of another belief. We are a country of hypocrites, to think that Christianity is the only religion that should be followed. If the nativity scene can be placed on public property why could not another Faith or another belief put their thoughts and Liberties on it as well? If the teacher loses his job over it, it proves how blind religious faith is when it comes up against the reality of our laws in this country. In that case, what good is a thing like freedom of speech? Other countries like Japan, Britain, Canada or Sweden would never have a problem with this. This is why they laugh at us.

  2. You can be an atheist but still acknowledge the 10 commandments as the basis of our laws and civilization. To acknowledge Satan you are essentially accepting evil, and all it represents. If this is so he should not be allowed in our schools or near our kids. If he is just trying to make a point he should pick another religion, or just do the right thing and respect our holiday.

    • With all due respect, the 10 Commandments are NOT the basis of our laws or our civilization. Rules such as not to murder or cause harm to another, or to not steal are based on our empathy, and have been in effect long before these supposed 10 commandments. No god required. Separation of religion and state: The First Amendment not only allows citizens the freedom to practice any religion of their choice, but also prevents the government from officially recognizing or favoring any religion. But what you’re ignoring, Paul, is that this isn’t about an acknowledgment of Satan or accepting evil. Atheist and agnostics don’t even believe in him, or a god, or do not see evidence for one. Not being accepting is contradicting freedom, and the very fact that a religion is attempting to contradict that very law is evidence that they aren’t even following what their own book or the law of the land is saying. Pick another religion? So pick another religion because yours is the right one, correct?

  3. @JC”Watanabe
    If you are embarrassed by our country then by all means GTFO and move to Japan, Britain, Canada, or Sweden, or any other country you prefer.
    Oh and one more thing, when you leave take your buddy Preston Smith with you.

  4. He is NOT allowed to do this according to the Supreme Court..per Judge Ginsberg. Freedom of Speech does not include heinous acts. Check it out.

  5. Is it possible that this teacher is attempting to provoke a lawsuit against the City of Boca Raton and / or the School Board of Palm Beach County?
    Perhaps, if we all boycott his display or better yet erect another display in front and behind it, we can demonstrate the power of good vs. evil

  6. Mr.. Watababe is correct. Our nation was founded on the Separation of Church and State. The State should show preference for NO religion over any other. Thomas Jefferson, for example, held for keeping the State strictly out of the business of religion. That standard has eroded over the years, so that more and more, one religion, Christianity, is shown favor, using the State to display its symbols, and using the State to impose Christianity’s standards on others. Its standards may be fine, and accepted by many, even the majority, but it is not the State’s business to get involved – except when one side or the other breaks some other law, or hurts someone else.

    So, to be strictly “originalist,” the City should allow the display of Neither the satanist pentagon Nor the nativity on city property.

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