Dozens call for the removal of satanic display during rally at Boca Raton park

Marie Pierre (left), Magnos Dasilva (center in purple) and the Rev. Mark Boykin (right in white), of Church of All Nations, pray and chant in front of a satanic display at Sanborn Square in Boca Raton on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)

Marie Pierre (left), Magnos Dasilva (center in purple) and the Rev. Mark Boykin (right in white), of Church of All Nations, pray and chant in front of a satanic display at Sanborn Square in Boca Raton on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)

BOCA RATON — More than 50 members of a Boca Raton church marched, prayed and chanted on Tuesday afternoon for the removal of a satanic tribute erected at Sanborn Square park.

Led by Rev. Mark Boykin, Church of All Nations members marched more than a mile from the church, on Northwest Fourth Avenue just north of Glades Road, to the city park, on Federal Highway and Palmetto Park Road. They gathered in protest of the satanic display, which was placed last week between a Christmas tree and Biblical nativity scene at the public park.

“Tear this thing down,” Boykin shouted into a megaphone, met with cheers from the crowd. Preston Smith, a member of an organization called “Freedom From Religion,” secured permits before placing the aluminum pentagram at the park.

Above the pentagram, a sign reads: “In Satan we trust. One nation under Antichrist.”

Marie Pierre, of Boca Raton, carries an 8-foot wooden cross during a protest Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 of a satanic tribute on display at Sanborn Square. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)

Marie Pierre, of Boca Raton, carries an 8-foot wooden cross during a protest Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 of a satanic tribute on display at Sanborn Square. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)

Boykin and his congregates are offended by the display, Boykin said. At the rally, they urged city leaders to remove the display despite “First Amendment protections.”

“Would they be OK with a Nazi flag? They’re both evil,” Boykin said following the protest, adding that the display is “provocative.”

Marie Pierre, of Boca Raton, carried an eight-foot wooden cross in the march and chanted alongside the crowd.

"In satan we trust. One nation under Antichrist," reads the sign above a satanic display placed at Boca Raton's Sanborn Square park. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)

“In Satan we trust. One nation under Antichrist,” reads the sign above a satanic display placed at Boca Raton’s Sanborn Square park. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)

“This is terrible,” Pierre said. “As a Christian, I cannot stand for this. This should not be included in our freedom of speech.”

The crowd joined hands in a circle around the pentagram, read a group prayer, sang “Joy to the World” and chanted for the removal of the display.

Although Boykin hasn’t filed a formal complaint with the city regarding the display, he said he hopes city officials will hear his cries.

Said Boykin: “If not, people will make their voices heard at the ballot box.”