Remember that Florida Mayor who banned Satan from town?
March 21, 2002 9:57 PM   Subscribe

Remember that Florida Mayor who banned Satan from town? Well, after she got done talking to mass-media syncophants like Dan Rather, her utterly misguided publicist apparently let her talk to the keen and incisive sleuths from Satanosphere, who, as usual, got down to the really important stuff. Like:
matt: ...The one question everybody has for you is this: Are you planning on banning any other major deities or demons? Like Skeletor?
So, will Skeletor be banned forever from Inglis, Florida? Will the ACLU extend Skeletor the same legal protection as it graciously offered Satan? And perhaps most important of all, what about Wil Wheaton?
posted by rusty (13 comments total)
Amazing stuff, although I have trouble believing this interview is real.

Although my friend said it better than I ever could:
me: dude, did you hear about the Florida mayor that banned Satan
him: LOL
him: wtf
him: thats like banning god

posted by insomnyuk at 10:29 PM on March 21, 2002

No, it actually is a real interview. It wouldn't be funny if it was just made up. It was conducted by phone.

Also, I forgot to mention it in the story, but Satanosphere has no afiliation with Satan or any of Satan's minions or subsidiaries.
posted by rusty at 10:36 PM on March 21, 2002

I feel awful. I left a note out when writing the story. I had asked the Mayor if the Devil went Down to Georgia had anything to do with her decision. She replied, "My, no. But just a few days after, someone called and left the song as a message!" Just so's ya know.
Haha that's great

Btw Skeletor rocks, although I never figured out why his purple sword could join He-man's grey sword
posted by riffola at 10:42 PM on March 21, 2002

Well then rusty, that IS truly hilarious :) Great link. I just thought it was too absurd to be real, but once again, truth is stranger than fiction.
posted by insomnyuk at 10:50 PM on March 21, 2002

Against all odds, the mayor seems to have a sense of humor about the whole thing.

Mayor: On March 11, the six-month anniversary, we had a candlelight vigil in front of Town Hall. God was there. We had 1500 people late at night, and big, strong, six foot tall men laid their heads on my shoulders and cried. God was there.
matt: And Satan?
Mayor: (laughs) No, he wasn't there. Because I made the proclamation.

posted by diddlegnome at 11:21 PM on March 21, 2002

dang...I thought you mean this Skeletor.
posted by black8 at 11:36 PM on March 21, 2002

This bit gets me:

do you have a favorite Beatle?
Mayor: I'm not into that! I'm a 61 year old lady!

So, she was born around the same time as this guy...
posted by rory at 5:58 AM on March 22, 2002

Btw Skeletor rocks, although I never figured out why his purple sword could join He-man's grey sword

by joining the swords, Skeletor could open the Greyskull jawbridge and enter the castle. i guess He-man just used his key.
posted by tolkhan at 7:37 AM on March 22, 2002

Thanks tolkhan, that question has bugged me for the past 15 odd years. Thanks :)
posted by riffola at 8:04 AM on March 22, 2002

Another issue laid to rest by SkeleFilter.

Now about those ThunderCats...
posted by Kafkaesque at 8:49 AM on March 22, 2002

If Skeletor is out, then so is Michael Jackson...
posted by kfury at 11:19 AM on March 22, 2002

"Isn't that special?"

I would like to believe this is just some sort of publicity campaign for the city, and that the woman in question doesn't really think this way. Dana Carvey's "Church Lady" was an exagerration of how many zealots think and act, but to fathom that anyone is really honestly this bad...

This is a weak attempt by Mayor Carolyn Risher to put Inglis, Florida on the map. It's a tourist thing. Any like-minded fundamentalist Christians should now feel free to spend their next vacation in Inglis and while there, partake of the city's wonderful Some time next year there will probably be an annoucement that an amusement park called "GodWorld" will open on the outskirts of the town.

If it's anything more than that, I will have lost that much more faith in humanity.
posted by ZachsMind at 1:56 PM on March 22, 2002

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