Conservative governors across the United States have universally garnered support from Evangelical Christians, but Florida Governor and Tea Party favorite, Rick Scott, is seeing support from an unlikely group of people.
According to the Miami Herald, an organization of Florida Satanists are planning to hold a rally in support of the governor, applauding him for his religious support. In February of 2012, Scott approved a bill that would let students decide whether religious prayer would be held in public school, creating much controversy with secular students and their families. The group, known as the "Satanic Temple," will be holding the rally on January 25th right outside Gov. Scott's office. The temple has released a press release, which can partly be read below.
"Satanists from all over Florida are scheduled to gather on the steps of the Governor’s Office at the intersection of S. Monroe and Apalachee Pkwy 1:00pm Friday January 25, 2013 in a show of solidarity for governor Rick Scott who has shown unwavering fortitude and progressive resolve in his defense of religious liberty, particularly in his recent approval of Senate Bill 98 [SB 98] authorizing 'a district school board to adopt a policy that allows an inspirational message to be delivered by students at a student assembly; providing policy requirements; providing purpose, etc.'
Neil Bricke of the Satanic Temple will deliver a speech to the assembled crowd.
'The Satanic Temple embraces the free expression of religion, and Satanists are happy to show their support of Rick Scott who -- particularly with SB 98 -- has reaffirmed our American freedom to practice our faith openly, allowing our Satanic children the freedom to pray in school.'"
Gov. Scott has been made aware of the rally being put together by his newest supporters, but has yet to make an official comment on the event.