Democratic Lawmaker Praises Satan Worshippers

Senator Juan Mendez

A Democratic lawmaker praised Satan worshippers on the Senate floor this week.

Senator Juan Mendez welcomed the Satanic Temple of Arizona. Their organization reportedly represents over 12,000 members in the state. Mendez said that satanism was “common sense” and that their religion allowed them to embark on noble pursuits, and obtain justice.

“The temple practices nontheistic satanism divorced from superstition without any belief in gods or devils. They practice the religious values of compassion, justice, bodily autonomy, free speech, science, humility, and noble action. As an organized religion, they actively do outreach and community service and participate in public affairs where the issues might benefit from their rational satanic insights. The mission of the satanic temple is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people. They embrace practical common sense and justice. They are guided by their conscience to undertake noble pursuits that fulfill noble values, again, particularly of compassion and free speech.”

Religion concerns the service or worship of God, a god, gods, or the supernatural, and manifests and relates to a faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity. The term “satan” is a English transliteration of the Hebrew word for “adversary,” whose origins the Bible documented.

The satanists were at the state capitol to oppose SB1279 — Reject Escalating Satanism by Preserving Essential Core Traditions (RESPECT) Act — which would prohibit the display of satanic memorials, statues, altars, or displays on public property. The Senate Government Committee passed the bill with overwhelming bipartisan support, 5-1, on Wednesday; only Mendez voted against it.

A masked Mendez questioned during the committee hearing why the bill sponsor, Republican Senator Jake Hoffman, was “singling out” satanism and accused Hoffman of finding satanism to be offensive to his Christianity.

“It is a desecration of our public property in the United States of America and in the state of Arizona for a satanic display, memorial, statue, altar to be on public property,” said Hoffman.

Mendez interrupted an individual speaking in opposition to the bill to tell her that Hoffman and supporters of the bill were persecuting satanism. That individual, Tonia Francis, another satanist, claimed that Satan wasn’t the enemy of God.

“Ma’am, do you understand that this bill is singling out your religion and persecuting your religion?” interrupted Mendez.

In his closing remarks, Mendez said that opposition to satanism was “an attack on the Constitution” and an attempt to “erase” satanism.

Oliver Spires, also masked, spoke against the bill as a minister of the Satanic Temple of Arizona. A handful of cohorts accompanied him, also masked. Spires argued that public government land wasn’t religiously founded, and therefore not limited to one religious perspective.

“Satan is a heroic character who fights against tyrannical authority and this bill is exactly that,” said Spires.

Spires has also been involved in Freethought Arizona, Tucson Atheists, and the Secular Coalition for Arizona.

Hoffman said it was “ludicrous” to allege that satanism was a valid religion.

“It is legally and constitutionally suspect to argue that Satan, someone who is universally known to be an explicit enemy of God, is somehow a religion,” said Hoffman.

Other satanists that spoke out against the bill, and praised Satan in doing so, were Sean Davis, Brian Lipman, Micah Mangione, and Joshua Gray.

Only on individual testified in favor of the bill: Fountain Hills council member Allen Skillicorn. He alleged that satanism was a mockery of true religion.

“These are not expressions of faith, these are expressions of a lack of faith, and I believe they are expressions of mockery,” said Skillicorn.

The Satanic Temple of Arizona is a state affiliate of a national organization. This organization claims to be founded in 2013 and unrelated to an earlier organization founded in the 1960s, the Church of Satan.

The IRS and federal court system recognize the Satanic Temple as a church entity.

Arizona’s chapter, like its national affiliate, characterizes much of its work as activism.

“Satan is the ultimate archetype and thus makes his character a perfect weapon to be able to combat Church and State issues,” states the Arizona chapter website.

33 states have statewide satanic temples: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut and Rhode Island, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire and Vermont, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

13 cities and regions have satanic temples: Albany, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; Houston, Texas; North-east Gulf Coast; Pittsburgh, Philadelphia; San Antonio, Texas; San Diego, California; Southern California; West Michigan; and Western New York.

Nine foreign countries and cities have satanic temples: Alberta, Canada; Atlantic Canada; Australia; Benelux; British Columbia; Finland; Germany; Ottawa, Canada; and Toronto, Canada.

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  1. He’s from the very liberal ASU voting district, I’ve voted against this buffoon every time, but the college kids vote him in.

  2. This public awareness of satan doesn’t do his image any good. I mean satanism brings up images of monsters, and child sacrifice, of things that go bump in the night and don’t look under the bed fears. Now more people are aware of his presence and many will look deep into their self and fight for good.
    So thanks Senator juan mendez you will not be elected again ( not even for dog catcher, maybe rat catcher) we are becoming more aware of the evil corruption in our government and will begin to throw you all in the trash barrel.

  3. Satan is the cause of the issues of the nation and world, not just some meeting in Phoenix – this nation has left ‘In God We Trust’ what we are watching is ‘us on our own – without God’ and it’s not working out to well is it. Maranatha – won’t be long

  4. These Stoned heads people really prove that the Almighty God is always truthful, when Noah Landed his boat. at the end of world flood, our Lord God said, I’ll never again doom the earth because of man, since the desires of man’s heart are evil from the start; nor will I ever again strike down all living beings, as I have done. Genesis 8:20, We people are evil in nature, so we are the real Satan’s against our Lord and God. We need to really explore ourselves and realize that and humble ourselves to the Almighty God for forgiveness, otherwise we end up like those fools thinking that they can fight our Lord God, I’ll pray for them, so they can wakeup and surrender to our Lord God Almighty. Our Lord God is the maker of all things visible and invisible; God made all men good and bad. and these idiots are trying to defy their maker? go figure.

  5. I hope this idiot gets removed from office soon. That fact that he’s wearing a mask in 2024 tells you all you need to know. We really need to bring back tar and feathering.

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