It’s sAtAn DaY at the AZ Legislature!

Hey there, Secular Fam, I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful spring weather we’re having. This is a big week to be sure.

SCOTUS is hearing the Trump 14th Amendment arguments, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is in full swing (pun intended), and aLpHa MaLeS all over the country are losing their minds over a talented young woman who will be supporting her significant other during the Superbowl.

You know. Totally normal stuff. And of course, the evangelical extremist members of the Arizona legislature are laser-focused on issues that impact every Arizonan. So you’re probably imagining that they’re coming up with solutions to the housing crisis, quick action to fix the latest election debacle, or creating policies to protect our dwindling water supply in the state.

Well, I’m here to tell you that your imagination is WRONG because we’re dealing with deeply unserious elected leadership. 

So let’s get this party started because instead of focusing on ANY of the above mentioned issues, the white Christian nationalist elected officials were focused on the number of clothes people can own, children’s genitalia (of course), and one of their favorite imaginary friends, Satan.

Earlier in the legislative session, a bunch of Freedumbdom Caucus members introduced SB1279 which bans any “MEMORIALS, STATUES, ALTARS OR DISPLAYS OR ANY OTHER METHOD OF REPRESENTING OR HONORING SATAN” from being “DISPLAYED ON PUBLIC PROPERTY IN THIS STATE.” They’ve created the super clever acronym for it designating it the RESPECT (“Reject Escalating Satanism by Preserving Essential Core Traditions”) Act.

Click here to read more on Secular AZ’s Substack. 

Jeanne Casteen, Secular AZ Executive Director

JEANNE CASTEEN has a bachelor’s degree in human communication and history from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at ASU and a master’s in education, also from ASU. Jeanne has over 11 years of experience teaching in Maricopa County’s public schools. In 2011, Jeanne completed the Emerge Arizona program and in 2012 became a school board member of the Creighton School District. She served as Board President from 2016 through 2020. In 2020, Ms. Casteen ran for Maricopa County School Superintendent, and came within 12,000 votes of winning. She has been awarded the Arizona School Public Relations Association Award for Excellence in Advocacy and Political Contributions to Education as well as the Arizona School Board Association’s All-Arizona School Board Member Award.

Author: Jeanne Casteen, Secular AZ Executive Director

JEANNE CASTEEN has a bachelor’s degree in human communication and history from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at ASU and a master’s in education, also from ASU. Jeanne has over 11 years of experience teaching in Maricopa County’s public schools. In 2011, Jeanne completed the Emerge Arizona program and in 2012 became a school board member of the Creighton School District. She served as Board President from 2016 through 2020. In 2020, Ms. Casteen ran for Maricopa County School Superintendent, and came within 12,000 votes of winning. She has been awarded the Arizona School Public Relations Association Award for Excellence in Advocacy and Political Contributions to Education as well as the Arizona School Board Association’s All-Arizona School Board Member Award.