Ted Cruz Criticized Abortion Protesters for Chanting ‘Hail Satan.’ This Satanist Is Offended.

The protestors didn’t mean it literally.

US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) waits to speak at the Heritage Foundation January 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. Cruz and others spoke about the upcoming winter Olympics in Sochi and Russia's human rights record.
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March 13, 2014, 9:40 a.m.

At a speech to an an­ti­abor­tion crowd in Wash­ing­ton on Wed­nes­day night, Re­pub­lic­an law­makers out­did each oth­er to de­nounce abor­tion. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah ac­cused abor­tion-rights sup­port­ers of en­ga­ging in “sav­agery” and a “cul­ture of death.” Former pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate Mike Hucka­bee said the lo­gic be­hind abor­tion would also jus­ti­fy killing off seni­or cit­izens. And Sen. Ted Cruz likened abor­tion-rights sup­port­ers to Satan­ists:

Cruz said that at the rally out­side the Texas Cap­it­ol [in Aus­tin], abor­tion rights pro­test­ers walked “arm-in-arm, chant­ing ‘Hail, Satan,’ em­bra­cing the right to take the life of a late-term child.”

How does an ac­tu­al Satan­ist feel about that com­par­is­on?

Lu­cien Greaves, com­mu­nic­a­tions dir­ect­or of the Satan­ic Temple, says Cruz’s com­ments over­sim­pli­fy the is­sue by try­ing to in­ject re­li­gion in­to the abor­tion de­bate. Al­though pro-abor­tion-rights pro­test­ers did in­deed chant “Hail Satan” at a rally out­side the Texas Cap­it­ol, it was to com­bat an­ti­abor­tion pro­test­ers who were singing “Amaz­ing Grace.”

“The mes­sage con­veyed by the Hail Satan fac­tion was, I feel, both sa­li­ent and clear: Re­li­gious ra­tionales used to jus­ti­fy cer­tain views to some hold no cur­rency what­so­ever to scores of oth­ers,” Greaves told Na­tion­al Journ­al. “Chant­ing ‘Hail Satan’ was an ef­fect­ive way of say­ing, ‘You are go­ing to have to ar­gue your point on ra­tion­al grounds. We do not sub­scribe to your re­li­gion.’ “

Greaves says it’s pre­pos­ter­ous to think that the abor­tion-rights philo­sophy is ac­tu­ally rooted in Satan­ism, and that the Satan­ism move­ment isn’t ne­ces­sar­ily about dev­il wor­ship­ping, but a thumb­ing-of-the-nose to re­li­gious con­ser­vat­ives. “As ho­mo­sexu­als, pro-choice ad­voc­ates, and oth­ers are os­tra­cized by main­stream churches, more and more people con­scien­tiously em­brace Satan­ism as a meta­phor for their re­jec­tion of op­press­ive re­li­gious cruelty,” he said.

UP­DATE (2:37 p.m.):

Cath­er­ine Fra­zi­er, Sen. Cruz’s press sec­ret­ary, had this to say: “Cruz did not liken or com­pare abor­tion ad­voc­ates as Satan­ists — he told the truth about a protest in Aus­tin.”

For cla­ri­fic­a­tion, here are Cruz’s ex­act re­marks ref­er­en­cing the protest in Aus­tin:

“Pro-life pro­test­ers put their arms around each oth­er and began singing ‘Amaz­ing grace. And the pro-abor­tion pro­test­ers began chant­ing, ‘Hail Satan.’ You know, there comes a point where you can’t make this stuff up. At least it’s truth-in-ad­vert­ising! But that is, in fact, what they were do­ing, arm in arm, chant­ing, ‘Hail Satan,’ em­bra­cing the right to take the life of a late-term child.”

Cor­rec­tion: The ori­gin­al ver­sion of this story mis­stated the loc­a­tion of the Susan B. An­thony List sum­mit. It took place in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

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