Group Demands Ducey Drop Easter Message, Celebrates IRS Recognition Of Satanic Temple

At the same time the Secular Coalition for Arizona is demanding that Governor Doug Ducey remove an Easter Facebook post that celebrated his Christian faith, the group is touting the Satanic Temple’s official recognition from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a tax-exempt church.

The Secular Coalition’s attorney and board member, Dianne Post, demanded that Ducey recognize all religions if he wants to send a religious message.

“If you are going to recognize Christians, you have to recognize Wiccans and the Satanic Temple too. Under the Arizona Constitution, you cannot treat the non-religious differently, so you’ll have to recognize them as well, I suppose on Darwin Day? The best course for government is to stay out of it completely and leave it to the personal realm,” wrote Post. “Elected officials should not use their government position and government property to promote their religious views.”

The group requested a written response from the Governor’s office. Instead Ducey tweeted his response:

Lucien Greaves, co-founder The Satanic Temple, issued a statement explaining why the group sought out tax-exempt status:

In light of theocratic assaults upon the Separation of Church and State in the legislative effort to establish a codified place of privilege for one religious viewpoint, we feel that accepting religious tax exemption — rather than renouncing in protest — can help us to better assert our claims to equal access and exemption while laying to rest any suspicion that we don’t meet the qualifications of a true religious organization. Satanism is here to stay.

While the secularist want Satanism to stay, the group seems intent in making Christianity go away.

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