Susan B. Anthony, Martin Luther King Jr., Harvey Milk, Abraham Lincoln, and… the devil?
According to a sign recently posted outside the Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle Church in Knoxville, Tenn., Lucifer — the fallen angel, the morning star, the lord of darkness, head football coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide, the dragon, the old serpent — was the precursor to all these brave, celebrated civil rights leaders. Is the comparison apt? I haven’t seen Selma yet, so I don’t know for sure if there is or is not a scene in which David Oyelowo’s MLK compels a young girl to pleasure herself with a crucifix and then projectile vomit everywhere, but I’m guessing that’s a hard “no,” as is the comparison in general.
The sign isn’t wrong, though, at least it’s not in a very technical way. The devil did demand to be equal to God, in some interpretations of his story, so they got us there, I guess. Regardless of that technicality, this was not what anyone — with the possible exception of the actual devil who, if anything, gained sympathy from the sign — would call “a good idea.”
After the backlash came, Pastor Tony Greene, the author of the sign, was all like, “Oh I didn’t mean to offend anyone by comparing human rights heroes to the ruler of hell, I was just trying to start a conversation.” Maybe that was the case, Tony, but to be fair, shouting, “Hey you, FUCK YOU,” while an effective method of getting someone’s attention, isn’t exactly the best way to start a conversation, let alone a good one.
The pastor says the purpose of the sign was to send a message about unity and spark conversation in the community. He says it wasn’t meant to offend anyone.
“Our sign referencing Satan demanding his equal rights to ascend into the heavens and be God was simply ‘I’ and all about that individual,” said Pastor Tony Greene.
The great irony and tragedy of it all is that, in a way, the sign kind of makes God look like a dick, and the devil a hero. But whatever, this pastor is a crazy person. Everyone knows Pope Frank is the Lord’s official PR guy..