Popular slogan "Not today Satan" came from RuPaul's Drag Race and not the church

Cheryl E Preston

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Church slogan did not originate in the church

A slogan that is currently popular is "Not today Satan," These three words can be found in social media posts, Gifs, memes, tee shirts, and on the tongues of believers in Christ everywhere. This wording is not found in scripture although Jesus told Peter in Matthew 16:23 and Luke 4:8 "Get thee behind Me Satan. The phrase is utilized when something bad happens and it is perceived to be an attack of the devil so the response is "Not today Satan."

Although it may seem like "Not today Satan" has been around for a long time these three words were not made popular by anyone connected with a church. The trendy saying comes from a different source that was brought to light by actress Candace Cameron Bure (Full House/ Fuller House). The devout Christian caused great controversy when she was photographed wearing a shirt with the slogan and that's how everything unfolded.

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A popular slogan

" Not Today Satan" was made famous during the sixth season of Ru Paul's Drag Race in 2014 by champion racer Bianca Del Rio. The drag queen's birth name is Roy Haylock and he sells Not Today Satan " merchandise on his website. Haylock grew up in Gretna, Louisiana, and is of Honduran descent on his father's side and Cuban descent on his mother's side. He started acting and designing costumes for plays at West Jefferson High School after graduating. he decided to move to New York City.

He worked at Bloomingdale's for nine months before returning to Louisiana. While In New Orleans, in 1996 he began performing as a drag artist in the play Pageant. The local drag queen Lisa Baumann saw him in the play and later cast him in shows at the nightclub Oz.

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Not today Satan is adressed

Haylock won the New Orleans Gay Entertainer of the Year for three years as drag queen Bianca Del Rio and even did a "Not today Satan" tour. He happened to notice Bure’s social media post when she was wearing the T-shirt with the slogan and shared it with the following message:

“IF ONLY, THIS HOMOPHOBIC, REPUBLICAN KNEW………,” and followed it with a series of devil faces and hearts. Bure responded by sharing that she had received a lot of backlash and asked why Haylock had sent so many hateful people to her page. She added that loving Jesus does not mean you hate gay people. The next time you catch yourself saying those three words or hear someone else say "Not today Satan" just remember where the slogan originated.

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