A Florida man and self-described “militant atheist” used a Satanic cross to spark a culture war in a nearby town.
But he’s just getting started.
After seeing a nativity and menorah put up in front of city hall during the holidays, activist atheist Chaz Stevens decided to put up his own symbol in front of Hallandale Beach City Hall. Stevens put up an upside down black cross in front of city hall that reads, “In Chaz We Trust, All Others Pay Cash.” The sign, which lights up in red after dark, has drawn outrage. One Christian already answered by putting up a regular cross next to it.
Chaz Stevens, 51, of Palm Beach County, has since sent out requests to towns all over the state, including Miami Dade, Miami Lakes, Doral, Lauderdale and Jacksonville. He is also working on Mission Viejo, California.
This isn’t Stevens’ first culture war. In fact, he said he gets a kick out of antagonizing religious people. He made national headlines in 2013 for setting up a Pabst Blue Ribbon festivus poll in the Florida state capitol. He tried a similar tactic late last year, erecting tall, rainbow festivus polls at state capitols around the country.
Stevens is a professional software developer who was raised agnostic. He says over time his “heart hardened” because of things he witnessed in religion. Now, he’s made it his witness to make the gap between church and state as wide as possible.
But why Satan? Stevens said doesn’t believe in Satan.