As the saying goes: Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it. That’s exactly what I’ve told these conservatives who continue to push for religious symbols being placed in or around government building where they don’t belong. Because while conservatives often claim that they’re “fighting for the freedom of religion,” we all know the only religion they’re really talking about is Christianity.
There’s just one problem for these conservatives – in this country, it’s unconstitutional to grant “freedom of religion” to one faith and not the other. So when a state rules that religious displays can be allowed on government property, such as a state capitol, they must then allow for all religions to have displays at these government facilities.
Such as those from “religious groups” like the Satanic Temple.
In Florida, thanks to the ruling that allowed for religious displays to be placed at the state capitol, the Satanic Temple will now have their own holiday display placed inside the state capitol building. The display will feature an angel falling into fire from a cloud with the caption reading “Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple.” Though I think it’s important to point out that the Satanic Temple doesn’t actually believe in Satan; they’re essentially a separation of church and state advocacy/religious trolling groups.
But I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this isn’t quite what conservatives had in mind when they fought for the right to have religious displays placed at government buildings.
That is exactly what makes this absolutely hilarious.
This is a great example of what I always maintain is a major flaw about conservative ideology – shortsightedness. Conservatives are famous for saying something that sounds good to them – while lacking the ability to think “big picture” about what might happen if they get their way.
The Hobby Lobby ruling from this past summer is another great example. Conservatives celebrated a “win for religious freedom,” but what that ruling really did was open the floodgates for people to cite religion as a reason to ignore federal laws and potentially sue businesses. Just like this woman (in Florida no less) who sued a business for not hiring her because when she applied for a position as a nurse-midwife she informed them that she would not prescribe birth control (even if the woman asked for it) due to her religious beliefs.
So all I really have to say to conservatives is be careful what you wish for, because you might just end up with a satanic holiday display sitting right alongside baby Jesus.