The first questions one must ask are, When did Florida begin allowing Satanic holiday displays in their capitol at Christmas, and why would Satanists feel the need to celebrate the birth of Christ?

While I don’t know the answer to the first question, I’ll take a guess at the second.

Modern Satanists, who desperately want attention, are taking advantage of our politically correct culture. Anyone who has children knows that moment when a child says something like “But you let (insert other child’s name here) have one!”

Following this logic means that if Christians are allowed to erect a Christmas display in the capitol, then Satanists should also be allowed to do so, even if the core of their belief system is the direct antithesis of everything represented by the Christmas holiday.

Like everyone else in America, Satanists are entitled to freedom of speech under the First Amendment; but don’t tell me their display was meant to be anything other than a thumb in the eye to Christians.

Joel Landau of the New York Daily News describes the display:

The organization set up the holiday display, which featured an angel falling into a pit of fire, as a protest for the state allowing a Nativity scene in the government building.

An unidentified woman has been arrested for the damage.

A Florida woman has been arrested for damaging a Satanic Temple holiday display in the capitol building in Tallahassee — a day after it was put up.

An unidentified woman is being held for the incident, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said. The extent of the damage was not specified.

The display was erected Monday after two years of fighting with the state, which allowed a Christian nativity scene in 2012.

Courts have ruled government properties can host religious displays but they cannot discriminate. This has left some government agencies vulnerable to allowing some religious displays they probably hadn’t envisioned.

The Satanic Temple’s display featured an angel falling into a pit of fire. Writing across the top said, “Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple.”

The state rejected it last year, calling it “grossly offensive” but the organization threatened a lawsuit if it was denied this year.

If you take nothing else away from this story, remember that it’s Christmas and even Satanists need people to pray for them. In fact, they need it more than most.

Featured image is a screen capture from the New York Daily News.