I was the Mayor of Fargo for 16 years. This was while being a professor of economics and NDSU. Later I became active in the Red River Freethinkers. While I no longer live in Fargo-Moorhead the focus of my blog remains there.

 
 

Satan is Outworking His Opponet

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An internet headline say the Satanists are bedeviling conservative Christians. Perhaps nonbelievers have found a lane to derail certain built in advantages Christianity has had.
When the Red River Freethinkers tried to get a Ten Commandments monument removed from Fargo's (North Dakota) City Hall mall Federal judges just could not get into our argument that it was important to us or anyone else. If we had a legitimate grievance we it should have been raised long ago. A judge admitted it is a Christian monument but it does not offend our religion because we do not have one.
It always seemed to me that if an entirely different religion took issue with the tax payer funded advertising for Christianity it would be removed. But, other religions in and around Fargo have not expressed interest.
This seemed to be true with many issues in many places in the U.S. Now, an innovative group has come up with a new idea. They say they are Satanists--worshipers of Satan. They have had more success than we atheists.
Like the Mormons, the Church of Satan is an American religion. the faith has many of the credentials claimed by other religions. It appears their numbers are growing.
The claim might be made worship of Satan is not a "sincerely held belief." That is, some Christians might claim it is parody of Christianity such as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or Monty Python. The Church of Satan organizers have learned from court cases and parody comedians how to sidestep this accusation. They have been careful to proceed in precisely the way religions proceed.
The claim might be made worship of Satan is not a "sincerely held belief." That is, some Christians might claim it is parody of Christianity such as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or Monty Python. The Church of Satan organizers have learned from court cases and parody comedians how to sidestep this accusation. They have been careful to proceed in precisely the way religions proceed.
https://www.npr.org/2019/04/18/714313859/hail-satan-documentary-examines-protest-group-that-bedevils-religious-conservati

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