The Satanic Temple was deeply offended by John Boehner’s comments directed towards Ted Cruz, where the former GOP Speaker of the House called the Senator “Lucifer in the flesh.”
While the atheistic hedonists in the Satanic Temple didn’t reject Boehner’s criticisms aimed at Senator Cruz, they took issue with comparing the Senator to Satan, whom the humanistic group regard as “symbolic of the Eternal Rebel in opposition to arbitrary authority,” as their website explains. The First Tenet – or Commandment, if you will – of Satanism is that “one should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.”
Lucien Greaves – a spokesman for the Satanic Temple (and whose name shares the same prefix as Lucifer) – does not see Ted Cruz as being compatible with the tenets of Satanism. As such, Boehner’s flippant comment was not only unwarranted, but tantamount to taking Satan’s name in vain.
In an interview with The Friendly Atheist, Greaves echoed Boehner’s insulting comments, but added that it makes no sense to compare him to Satan:
“Cruz’s failures of reason, compassion, decency, and humanity are products of his Christian pandering, if not an actual Christian faith. It grows tedious when pedophile priests and loathsome politicians are conveniently dismissed as Satanic, even as they spew biblical verse and prostrate themselves before the cross, recruiting the Christian faithful. Satanists will have nothing to do with any of them.”
Constitution.com had previously reported:
According to the Stanford Daily, when asked what he thinks about GOP candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, Boehner squished his face, drawing laughter from the audience. He said of Cruz, he is:
“Lucifer in the flesh.
“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”
Of the other GOP candidates, Boehner said he has played golf with Donald Trump for years and they are “texting buddies.”