You’d think that NJ State Assemblyman Craig Stanley would have more important things to worry about, but apparently he’s already solved all of his state’s other problems so now he’s turning his attention to introducing a resolution to change the New Jersey Devil’s name to something a little less demonic.
State Assemblyman Craig Stanley is taking issue with a satanic symbol representing the state’s National Hockey League team, which has won three Stanley Cup championships.
“This is an age where symbolism is very important,” said Stanley, a Baptist deacon whose resolution to rename the team is to be introduced in the Assembly next month. A new name would be chosen in a statewide competition.
“I’ve always cringed when people say they’re going to see the Devils,” said Stanley. “The merchandise, the paraphernalia is based on the actual demonic devil. Personally, it causes a little bit of an issue with me.”
Atheists are frequently accused of wanting to rid the public square of any religious references that we find offensive and yet you never hear the same accusation made of folks such as Mr. Stanley here who is most certainly trying to rid the public square of a religious reference he finds offensive. Never mind the fact that the devil the team’s name is based on has nothing to do with the Christian symbol—it’s actually a reference to the mythical Jersey Devil—as is too often the case with folks like Mr. Stanley the facts have no bearing on his opinion.
This is one of the problems I have with electing clergy to political office. They often end up wasting taxpayer’s time and money on idiotic legislation based entirely on their religious beliefs rather than anything in reality. You can take the deacon out of the church, but you can’t take the church out of the deacon as is clearly demonstrated here.