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The good churchgoing people of Iowa are demanding to know why Republicans are so hellbent on defending a monument to Satan that was erected in the state capitol building during Christmas.
The controversy started about a week ago when a group called the Satanic Temple of Iowa was given state permission to erect an altar on the first floor of the capitol.
“To give quarter to the enemies of God is pathetic and contemptible,” one angry citizen wrote on social media.
Yet many elected Republicans say the satanists have a constitutional right to display their evil altar in the building during the yuletide season.
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“My observation as an Iowan and a State Representative, I don’t want the state evaluating and making determinations about religions,” State Rep. Jon Dunwell said on X, formerly Twitter, “I am guided by the First Amendment of the US Constitution.”
Dunwell, who claims to be a minister, drew fierce outrage for his defense of the prince of darkness.
“If the government picks and chooses religious expressions, someday they will use it against Christian expressions. We are not a theocracy,” he wrote on social media. “I would rather have no displays than government selecting religions. The power of Christianity is Christ that lives in us. Not having government tear down other religious displays (even the evil ones). We are not Israel.”
State Rep. Brad Sherman strongly disagrees and he’s demanding that Gov. Kim Reynolds order that the altar be removed from the building.
“It is a tortured and twisted interpretation of law that affords Satan, who is universally understood to be the enemy of God, religious expression equal to God in an institution of government that depends upon God for continued blessings,” the lawmaker said. “Such a legal view not only violates the very foundation of our State Constitution, but it offends the God upon whom we depend and undermines our wellbeing.”
Sherman said the satanists are free to worship evil on their own property.
“But to allow satanic expression in the State Capitol and other public property is to surrender to Satan’s demands for equality with God,” he wrote in a lengthy blog post.
“I am calling for our governor to have this blasphemous display removed immediately based on the grounds that it is unconstitutional and offends God upon whom the State of Iowa depends for blessings,” he said.
Many Iowans are wondering why the Republican governor has been AWOL during the controversy. It is curious that a governor who professes to be a Christian would remain silent while satan worshippers are provided quarter within a taxpayer-funded building.