The Satanic Temple trial against Boston is more than likely a snowball in hell, a federal judge has ruled.
US District Court Judge Alison Burroughs allowed many of the complaints of Salem Satanists to proceed – while sticking a fork in some others – such as The Satanic Temple, or TST, with not allowing it to offer opening prayers for one raises the issue. City Council meeting.
Devil’s advocates initially attempted to sue Hell out of town in January, arguing that since the council allows various mainstream religions to speak, it is against the First Amendment to decide who to invite.
The city has countered that this is not about discriminating from one religion to another – it just enables parishioners to invite pastors, rabbis, priests or imams from Boston’s communities to address the body. And furthermore, the city says, it is a difficult fate for the temple if no one invites them.
Of course, the devil lives in the details, as the judge allowed some parts of the suit to continue while he threw out others. Burroughs agreed with that view of the city and intensified the arguments of Satanists that the ability of councilors to invite representatives of specific religions and religions is itself discriminatory and a violation of the 14th Amendment.
But the judge said that the argument that it runs from the Establishment Clause could continue, because of what plans are not set out to constitutionally allow minority religious groups to operate.
TST co-founder Lucien Greaves said in a statement, “By tying TST’s invitation to its political clout, the city is engaged in a politically unpopular group wishing to harm what is certainly not a legitimate government interest. “
Greaves told the Herald in January that it “should not be referred to as Satanists against Christians.”
“That’s clearly the definition of discriminatory when you allow state functionaries to decide what approaches are allowed in a public square,” he said. “What we’re asking for is exactly what religious freedom is and what it looks like.”
And there may be hell to pay – or at least the legal cost of the temple, which the suit seeks to cover.
Greaves has said that Temple is “non-believer” – they literally do not believe in and worship Satan – but that does not mean that they do not take their religion seriously. He said that they “keep this statue as a fight against tyranny.”