Our politicians have gone mad. In the Illinois Capitol rotunda, several traditions are being celebrated. There’s a Nativity scene for Christmas, a menorah for Hanukkah, and then something a little different: a Satan’s arm holding an apple, with a snake coiled around it. Since when celebrating Satan on Jesus’s birthday become a tradition?
Nearby stands a sign in which the state offers a civics lesson — and explains it didn’t have much of a choice:
“The State of Illinois is required by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution to allow temporary, public displays in the state capitol so long as these displays are not paid for by taxpayer dollars. Because the first floor of the Capitol Rotunda is a public place, state officials cannot legally censor the content of speech or displays. The United States Supreme Court has held that public officials may legally impose reasonable time, place and manner restrictions regarding displays and speeches, but no regulation can be based on the content of the speech.” Could the Illinois State legislators at least limited the display to the Oct 31st satanic holiday?
Illinois Secretary of State spokesman Dave Druker told The State Journal-Record the temple has the same rights as religious organizations. “This recognizes that.”
Maybe we need to start listening to Rob Dreher in his book The Benedict Options where he says “that the best way to fight the flood is to … stop fighting the flood? That is, to quit piling up sandbags and to build an ark in which to shelter until the water recedes and we can put our feet on dry land again? Rather than wasting energy and resources fighting unwinnable political battles, we should instead work on building communities, institutions, and networks of resistance that can outwit, outlast, and eventually overcome the occupation.”
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