Back in December TheBlaze posted an article discussing Satanists winning the right to place a Satanist disply in the Florida State Capital building. When the article was originally released, Glenn, Pat, and Stu went on-air to weigh-in on the debate and discuss the seperation of church vs. state.
This morning on radio, the guys brought up the display in reference to a discussion about the ongoing trend of religious "inclusion" occuring throughout the country.
Susan, from Florida, called into the radio show to discuss her experience with the law while trying to remove the Satanist disply, saying "I'm the person who was arrested in Tallahassee two days before Christmas for attempting to take down the Satanic display in the Capitol Building."
Listen to more of her call below:
Rough Transcript Below:
GLENN: Hi, Susan. You're on the Glenn Beck Program.
CALLER: Hi, how are you today?
GLENN: I'm very good.
CALLER: Good. Thank you for taking my call.
PAT: No, no, thank you for making the call. How long did it take you to make the call?
GLENN: Stop. Go ahead, Susan. What's on your mind?
CALLER: Well, I'm a little nervous for putting myself on the spot like this. But when I heard you speaking about the Orange County schools and the Bibles because of what the Satanists had done, I had to call you.
CALLER: Because you probably already know this, but I'm the person who was arrested in Tallahassee two days before Christmas for attempting to take down the Satanic display in the capitol building.
GLENN: And what did you do, and what happened?
CALLER: Well, I was already a little familiar about the Satanic temple because I was aware of what they were trying to do in Orange County. And I had heard on the radio, probably a week or two before Christmas, that they would be allowed to put up a display in the capitol building. They had been rejected the year before. They had attempted to put it up last year. The same display. And they were rejected because the display was deemed to be grossly offensive. They came back this year with the same display and a threat that they would sue the State if they were not allowed to put the display up.
And I had contacted the governor both by email and by phone before I realized, you know, what was ultimately going to happen. He said, just they have to do this. Why do they need to do it at Christmastime? Why can't they have their own holiday?
Then three days before Christmas, I heard on the radio, the display in the capitol building had been taken down and replaced with the Satanic display. I said, that can't possibly be true. I had to check that out for myself. I did go to the capitol building the next morning. And it was. The nativity set was gone. And there was this display of flames and a plastic angel depicting Satan falling into hell. I said to myself, no, this absolutely can't be allowed to stand here. Can't take Jesus out two days before Christmas and put Satan in his place. When I attempted to remove it at first -- the security guards, of course, they were very nice, but they're like, no, you can't do this.
So then I'm like, I have to do something. I can't just walk away and let this be here because, you know, I'm a devout Catholic and our faith teaches us we have to -- we have to fight evil. We have to stand up to evil and confront it. So I thought, well, this is the stand I will take. And I did. And I was arrested because of that.
GLENN: So how does it feel to have a record now? To be an extremist?
I feel like I'm in good company. I feel like, you know, the Bible is full of saints and prophets who spent time in prison for their faith. And if that's the way it's going to go for me, then I'm proud to be in that company.
GLENN: So can I ask you a question, how do you feel about the state of Florida just giving in and saying, you know what, just let the Satanists take it? How do you feel about -- I mean, if that were happening in the state capitol of Texas, I would have an awful lot to say to our governor. I would have an awful lot to say to our fellow Texans and I would be quite upset if Texans didn't go and rally around the state capitol and say, you fight this. You fight this with everything you have. We don't put Satan up in our -- in our state capitol. How do you feel about those who just said, you know what, we just got to do what we got to do. Put Satan up.
CALLER: I'm extremely disappointed. I feel exactly the same way you do. I wish I had the charisma or the speaking power to be able to rally people in Florida and go to the capitol building and do just exactly that or go to Orange County schools and do exactly that.
GLENN: Susan, there's lots of really great preachers. Why did none of the preachers do that in Florida?
CALLER: I can't answer that.
GLENN: Why were there no Catholic priests -- why were there no Mormon bishops? Why were there no evangelicals? No one seemed to feel like they needed to take up the mantle.
CALLER: I sure wish I had an answer for that, Glenn. I don't know the answer.
GLENN: Susan, I thank you very much for your call. And God bless you on your journey. You have a tough road ahead. As we all do. And tough decisions to make. I don't know what decision I would have made in your situation. I guess, I guess I would hope I would have done the same thing you did. I guess. I'm not sure. I'm not sure. And I'm glad at least somebody is standing up and saying, no.