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.' "