Satan banned from the playground
In a devasting blow to Satan's sneaky attempt to woo children with subliminal advertising, the Springfield, Illinois, Parks Deparment is removing a pentagram design from one of its playgrounds.
The new playground at Springfield's Washington Park is being altered because of complaints that a five-pointed star etched in concrete could be interpreted as a symbol of the occult. The pentagram is on the circular stage of a small amphitheater at the rear of the playground. The design was intended to be a spoked wheel, but landscape architect Kent Massie said a mistake made when the concrete was poured late last summer rendered that design impossible. It was decided to go with the star.
One resident figured that conjunction of a pointy star etched in the concrete and a swingset would be too much for child-molesting-Satanists to resist:
There is a certain breed of individual out there who reveres such symbols, and in that context, it becomes a religious icon. In this day and age of general concern for children's welfare, especially in regard to predators, my main concern was for the crowd that it might draw.
Next on the Springfield Parks Department's anti-Satan agenda: bans on sex, drugs, rock and roll, and dodgeball.