On September 30, Adirondack Community College (ACC), part of the State University of New York (SUNY), sponsored Pagan Pride Day.

ACC Student Association hosted the event and said it was free to the public and designed to be “a celebration of religious diversity.” But nothing is free—New York taxpayers paid for Pagan Pride Day—and a panel on religious diversity that was initially considered did not occur. However, among the speakers was John Allee, a satanic priest and founder of the First Church of Satan.

On the First Church of Satan’s website, Christians are instructed that they can “deprogram” themselves by “making fun of religious dogma.” On the site’s homepage, a short video pops up to the tune of Gloria Gaynor’s song, “I Will Survive.” A bearded man posing as Jesus dressed in a white robe starts mimicking the words, disrobes and struts down a street in a diaper before being hit by a bus.

Other videos include a diatribe that shows a picture of the Bible with a sticker on it, “Warning! Literal belief in this book may endanger your health and life.” There is also a video that features a woman dressed as a nun in a black veil wearing a black bra, black slip and black panties; she is shown masturbating. Another video depicts simulated anal sex. This isn’t higher education—it’s an obscene assault on Christianity.

You can contact John J. O’Connor, vice chancellor, at john.o’connor@suny.edu, and Thomas F. Egan, chairman of SUNY’s board of trustees, at thomas.f.egan@citigroup.com.

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