Pastor Mark Boykin of the Church of All Nations in Boca Raton, Florida recently announced his intentions to use a sledgehammer to commit vandalism on a Satanic display that will be legally erected by a teacher, Preston Smith, during the holidays.
Boykin told WPEC: “In essence they’re putting out a welcome mat for Satan.”
Jeremy Rodgers, Boca Raton Deputy Mayor, explained that free speech is allowed in the city: “We can’t say no to this, as offensive as it is. Our lawyers said whatever you do, don’t do that. Because it will be an expensive lawsuit.”
Susan Haynie, Boca Raton Mayor, added: “I find this extremely offensive. But you know, again, we’ve chosen as the council to honor free speech.”
Scott Singer, a Boca Raton city council member, agreed: “This is not consistent with my particular values, but free speech means people have an opportunity to express themselves, whether government likes it or not or whether individuals like it or not.”
“I think this is reprehensible. I think it’s an insult to our city,” Boykin countered.
The Satanic display will include a 300-pound metal pentagram and the words: “In Satan We Trust,” “One Nation under Antichrist” and “May the Children Hail Satan.”
Boykin showed WPEC a sledgehammer that he plans to use to commit vandalism on the display:
It’s evil, it’s the essence of evil. I will take the responsibility for taking the sledgehammer and knocking it down.
Smith said he’s never experienced this level of hatred from religious people.
No word on whether the police are involved.