High-profile Satanists are rejecting former House Speaker John Boehner’s suggestion that Ted Cruz is “Lucifer in the flesh,” highlighting the fact that even bona fide devil-worshippers, like many in the GOP establishment, want nothing to do with the Texas senator. According to ABC News, Church of Satan high priest Magus Peter Howard Gilmore announced in a statement that “Having a conservative Christian likened to Lucifer — one who opposes equal rights for same sex couples and promotes the ability to deny services to any with different values — we Satanists see as besmirching the positive, heroic aspects of that character as portrayed by Milton in his epic ‘Paradise Lost.’”
Lucien Greaves, founder of the Satanic Temple, echoed that sentiment to ABC, remarking that Boehner’s comparison was “thoughtless and ignorant,” and that “Christians can’t just push Cruz off on Satanists.”
“[Boehner is] trying to say is that Ted Cruz is some type of embodiment of evil,”Greaves added. “I think that’s a rather destructive, backward mindset, because when you take clearly Christian individuals, clearly Christian activities, and things go sour, you pass them off as the influence of Satan.”
So who do devil worshipers support in this cycle? Are they feeling the Bern perhaps? According to high priest Gilmore, Satanists haven’t indicated any “collective support for any specific politicians,” but it seems more than clear that Cruz is, quite understandably, at the very bottom of their wish list.