He may not be the first of his kind to seek office, as Time magazine asserts, but Steve Hill is probably the first California Senate candidate to run openly as a Satanist.
As in, he’s an organizer for the national Satanic Temple.
He’s also an atheist, which Hill apparently thinks is interchangeable with Satanist.
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(Some Christians might feel a few rounds of “told ya so” coming on at this moment.)
Hill is running to represent the 21st District, which is in the Antelope Valley, in the northern part of Los Angeles County.
He’s a retired Marine sergeant, his issues are improving education, prison reform and creating jobs.
He has worked in the Department of Corrections, in aerospace, as a real estate appraiser and as a stand-up comedian.
He’s running as a Democrat (as if there was any doubt), but he tells Time that he is shunned by the party of diversity because of “extreme” views.
The self-described atheist/Satanist is currently helping to develop a Los Angeles chapter of the Satanic Temple. (Not that Satanists are new to L.A., but they’re apparently upgrading their network.) But Hill’s explanation of the whole atheist/Satanist thing is a bit dodgy.
“I’m a Satanist as far as trying to get people to understand that I don’t believe in the devil any more than I believe in God,” Hill said. “All of it is stupid. But if I have to tell people I’m the devil to get them to listen, then, OK, I’m the devil.”
He says the Satanic Temple’s mission is a “humanist approach that raises levels of consciousness.”
Consciousness of what exactly, well, that’s another question Time didn’t ask.
Then there’s this interesting tidbit from the Time article: “Hill says he reconciles his atheism with Satanism by not believing in any sort of deity or otherworldly presence and instead adheres to the Satanic Temple’s goals like keeping church and state separate.”
Why does that sound familiar?
But I digress. The lack of support from the Democrats may push Hill to run as an independent, and he laments the fact that even friends are keeping their distance now that he’s publicly known as an atheist.
The Founding Fathers in their wisdom provided that there should be no religious test for public office, and that’s a good thing.
But just because there’s no test or requirement to believe a particular set of views, does not mean it’s a good idea for voters to send just any Tom, Dick or Harry to the Capitol. That’s what voters did in the 2008 presidential election, and you see how well that’s worked out.
I’ve said for years that there is an agenda afoot — how organized it really is, is unclear — to take advantage of America’s openness to novel religious ideas in the courts and manipulate those principles through the court system to establish a de facto official religion of atheism. Those who have read Karl Marx will understand how that dovetails perfectly with the Left’s overall agenda.
Now here comes a candidate who promotes the atheist agenda but who is also open about where else some of those liberal ideas have roots.
Kudos to Hill for honesty in that regard.
But to the voters of Antelope Valley, a word of caution. Let’s hope they make the right decision.