On this week's episode of "Mic'd Up—The Assault on Christmas," Simon Rafe interviews Robert Ritchie from America Needs Fatima and Ed Morse from the Thomas More Law Center.
They discuss the "Snaketivity" — a display promoted by the Detroit Satanic Temple on the lawn of the Michigan capitol building in Lansing. It features a snake coiled around a black upside-down cross with the words "The greatest gift is knowledge" written on it, with a book "The Fall of the Angels" at its base.
A spokesperson stated, "We have no interest in proselytizing satanism to the public. However, we refuse to allow one religious perspective to dominate the discourse. For that reason, when there is one religious display on public grounds, we'll offer another, and we urge other minority voices to do the same."
They are acting in response to a live Nativity performance planned by supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. One Michigan State politician is planning a Jewish holiday display and others are erecting Nativity displays at other times to honor the birth of Jesus Christ.
Robert Ritchie calls the Snaketivity an offense to Catholic sensibilities. Ed Morse says the display reinforces the importance of icons in culture, that they convey meaning, significance and value.
In Wadena, Minnesota, the Freedom From Religion Foundation — an atheist group — lobbied to have Nativity scenes banned from local government property. But citizens are rebelling, erecting large Nativity scenes on their own property.
A spokesperson for the Freedom From Religion Foundation claims that even though a Nativity scene is a tradition, it violates the separation of Church and State. Opponents claim Christmas displays are a traditional and historic part of the holiday, and should be allowed on public property.
Watch the full episode "Mic'd Up—The Assault on Christmas."