By: Sharon Aron Baron
City commissions meetings in Coral Springs typically begin with prayer by led by either a minister, rabbi, or pastor from various faiths. However, one Deerfield Beach activist who has led the fight for separation of church and state at various Broward County cities wants to put Satan on the agenda.
After a recent win in Deerfield Beach after years of city commission meetings that were being led with religious invocations, Stevens, who calls himself himself Chaz “Satan” Stevens got the commission to replace it with a moment of silence. More on the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board’s support of this here.
Now he has his eye on the religious invocations before Coral Springs city commission meetings which are led by various religious leaders in the community.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last May that prayer is allowed at city and county commission meetings provided it applies to all religions, or quasi-religions.
“The U.S. Supreme Court ruled fair is fair,” said Stevens who wrote to Coral Springs City Clerk Debra Thomas requesting a slot before a meeting.
In the spirit of last year’s US Supreme Court Ruling (City of Greece vs. Galloway), I’m officially requesting to give the opening invocation at the next available Commission meeting.
A Satanic invocation.
Kindly let me know what date works for you.
Chaz “Satan” Stevens
Stevens said his goal was to remind everyone about the separation of church and state. “Look at countries that blend church and state and look how well they are doing,” he said.
Stevens who runs the website My Acts of Sedition is a political corruption buster who has brought down city commissioners Sylvia Poitier and Steve Gonot. He’s also famous for installing a Festivus pole in the state capital and various other Cities that previously only had mangers on City property.
“I have received worldwide recognition of my erection,” he jokingly told us. ”I’ve been in the Daily Mail, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and the Colbert Report.”
After sending out his request to the clerk, he followed up with an email one week later:
I’m still awaiting a reply to this email.
Tsk tsk, it’s not nice to keep Satan’s Favorite Minion waiting.
Chaz “Satan” Stevens
Thomas wrote him back two days later and told him she would follow up with the coordinator.
Once he gets his date set to lead his invocation, will Stevens be dressed as the mythic horned creature Satan?
“I’m going to bring the Satanic mariachi band strumming the sultry chords of La Bamba….hopefully people will be just as nauseated with my Satanic invocations as I am with theirs,” he said.