2 Timothy 3:1-5 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.
The Satanic Temple of New York will have a prominent place at the Florida State Capitol building during the Christmas season.
The group will be posting a display for “Festivus”, a fake holiday created on a television sitcom. The display from the group will be a six foot tall stack of beer cans.
The display had been rejected last year by the Florida Department of Management Services as being “grossly offensive.” There was no explanation by the group this year why the display was given approval.
A spokesman for the Satanists said the difference was that this year the group showed up with lawyers.
Christian groups say that these outside groups posting displays are not doing it to wish well to residents during the holiday season.
“This is not a religious endorsement by our state government. It’s freedom of religion and freedom of speech, and we will all be up there,” Pam Olsen of the Florida Prayer Network said. “But are they really putting them up to wish everyone a happy holiday from the atheists and the Satanists, or are they up there to protest baby Jesus?”