The Great Duel of Our Times is on. The Eternal Battle Between Good and Evil has come to the fore; not in the valley of Megiddo, as we might have expected, but a bit closer to home. Specifically, Lansing, Michigan.
More specifically, on the lawn of the Michigan State Capitol building, where lawmaker Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) will stand in Christ-like defiance of the powers of darkness. He, the lone exorcist, will compel the spirit of darkness to leave by…putting up a nativity scene for Christmas.
Like many other states including Florida, Michigan has a policy of allowing religious groups to put up displays outside (or in Florid’s case, inside) the capitol building during holidays. Those displays require state approval and permitting, and have traditionally included displays representing a wide variety of religious beliefs.
Wait, no. That’s not true. It’s a nativity scene. Always has been. But the Forces of Evil from the (non-Satan-worshiping) Detroit chapter of the Temple of Satan have recently gained permission to erect their own display. A display they’re calling the “Snaketivity,” represented in the image below. And that display is apparently one more “-ivity” than was planned for the lawn of the Capitol this month.
Michigan law allows people to put up displays, but they can’t remain there overnight. They have to be taken down and removed by 11 p.m., and can go back up the next morning at 6 a.m. Unfortunately, nobody from Michigan’s Jesus camp could find the time or money to deal with it. Enter, our savior, Rick Jones. With a little help from that holiest of political and religious institutions:
The prayer warrior put up this Facebook post on Monday:
Now, to be fair, we have to admit…that IS a pretty reasoned response, considering. Though it’s worth noting that Jones, ever the politician, is well aware of the potential backlash if they fight the Satanic display. That being, religious displays could be banned outright in Michigan, as they have other places. And that concession is a victory in itself, if only a secondary objective. Said Jex Balckmore, executive director of the Temple’s Detroit chapter:
“Where there is obstinate refusal to keep religious iconography off of public spaces, the least we can do is ensure that the Government is remaining neutral, respecting a diversity of religious views, with preference for, and exclusion of, none.”
So, look on the lawn of the Michigan Capitol Building from December 21st to 23rd. There you’ll find Jones and his Nativity crew, fighting for the Light of virgin sacrifice, genocide, stoning witches, beating slaves and murdering homosexuals. The guys with the snake, on the other hand, represent Darkness.
Try not to get them confused.
H/T: Huffington Post