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There’s a kids club called ‘After School Satan’. The Satanic Temple’s alternative program doesn’t worship or even believe in the existence of Satan, but instead focuses on scientific rationality, aims to teach kids that all issues have multiple perspectives, and engages them in literature and science lessons, creative learning activities, puzzle solving, and art projects. Source  Source 2

Despite protesters, death threats, and a torrential downpour, the Satanic Temple unveiled its one-and-a-half-ton, nine-foot goat-headed Baphomet monument in Detroit on Saturday. The statue was revealed to a sold-out crowd of hundreds just before midnight, at a secret party held in an industrial space outside of the city’s downtown area.

Billing it as the “most controversial and politically charged contemporary work of art in the world” in a press release, the Temple kept the location of the unveiling a closely guarded secret in an effort to keep religious protesters away.

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anonymous asked:

What are your views on the church of satan? I do not associate myself with them because I just see it as kinda ridiculous and petty(like every religious Institute). But as it turns out their views go pretty much hand in hand with mine.XD

The Church of Satan is fascinating. I remember being shocked to learn that Satanists didn’t actually believe in Satan (and reject the supernatural in general). I was not expecting that. I grew up believing (as most people do) that Satanists are evil people aimed at spreading death and destruction. As far as I can tell, the only thing they’re interested in destroying is superstition and religious hypocrisy. I guess there are many different groups of Satanists, with the Church of Satan being the most famous. I personally prefer the Satanic Temple over the Church of Satan. The latter is more individualistic and even advocates for violence under certain circumstances. The Satanic Temple, on the other hand, is much more humanistic, compassion-oriented, and focused on activism. They are often seen fighting for separation of church and state and advocating for LGBTQIA+ rights and such. Not to mention the fact that their commandments are far superior to the commandments found in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Check these out:

— One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.

— The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.

— One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.

— The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo your own.

— Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.

— People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.

— Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.

Sounds pretty reasonable, right? As Hemant Mehta writes at Patheos,

Now compare that to the Ten Commandments, which so many politicians and religious leaders uphold as the basis for our collective ethics. While some of them are just plain silly (“Thou shalt have no other gods before me”), others condemn behavior that’s not even all that bad (“Thou shalt not covet”).

Valerie Tarico suggests that, ‘if you only looked at those two lists by themselves without knowing anything about where they came from, you’d have a hard time figuring out which one belongs to the most popular religion on Earth and which one’s fighting to get any respect:

More broadly, the seven tenets emphasize positive, pro-social values rather than bad behaviors to be avoided.

They largely express egalitarian values that transcend tribal boundaries, in contrast to the Ten Commandments, which endorse the view that women, slaves and livestock are possessions of men. They invite inquiry rather than certitude and individuality over tribalism.’

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Satanists want to use Hobby Lobby decision to exempt women from anti-abortion laws

In a statement, the Satanic Temple said that it will use the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision to exempt its believers from state-mandated informed consent laws that require women considering abortions to read pro-life material.

Informed consent or “right to know” laws state that women seeking elective abortions be provided with information about alternatives to the procedure, often couched in language that attempts to personify the fetus. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 35 states currently have informed consent laws, and of those, 33 require that the woman be told the gestational age of the fetus.

In some states, that information consists of pro-life propaganda that links abortion to a higher incidence of breast and ovarian cancers, or discusses “post-abortion syndrome,” a mental condition not recognized by any major medical or psychiatric organization.

Because the Satanic Temple bases its belief “regarding personal health…on the best scientific understanding of the world, regardless of the religious or political beliefs of others,” it claims that state-mandated information with no basis in scientific fact violates its “religious” beliefs.

Spokesperson Lucien Greaves said that the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision bolsters their case. “While we feel we have a strong case for an exemption regardless of the Hobby Lobby ruling,” he said, “the Supreme Court has decided that religious beliefs are so sacrosanct that they can even trump scientific fact. This was made clear when they allowed Hobby Lobby to claim certain contraceptives were abortifacients, which in fact they are not.”

The Satanic Temple set up a website where women seeking an abortion can print out a letter for her healthcare provider explaining why she is exempt from informed consent mandates.

The letter reads that “[a]ll women who share our deeply held belief that their personal choices should be made with access to the best available information, undiluted by biased or false information, are free to seek protection with this exemption whether they are members of the Satanic Temple or not.”

HAHAHAHAHAHAH

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The Dark Side Does Have Cookies
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- A famous internet meme tells people to come to the Dark Side because there are cookies. The Satanic Temple of Minneapolis (TST) turned that statement into reality when it hosted its 2nd Annual Bake Sale last Saturday. The bake sale is a fundraiser for the temple, and all money
By Cara Schulz

The Satanic Temple of Minneapolis held its annual “Satanic bake sale” to raise money to fund its religious and civil rights actions.

Sorry, John Boehner: The Satanic Temple confirms Ted Cruz is not Lucifer

Is Cruz truly the anti-Christ? Would he meet you at a crossroads and accept your soul in exchange for guitar-playing skills? Do the pure-hearted recoil at his touch? (Actually, we have video evidence of that last one, so we’re at least partway there.) So Hemant Mehta of atheist blog Patheos reached out to The Satanic Temple, those fun-loving fans of awesome recent horror film The Witch who erect statues of Baphomet in their spare time, to weigh in like the specialists they are in all things Beelzebub-related. A spokesman for the group, Lucien Greaves, told Mehta the following:

“Cruz’s failures of reason, compassion, decency, and humanity are products of his Christian pandering, if not an actual Christian faith. It grows tedious when pedophile priests and loathsome politicians are conveniently dismissed as Satanic, even as they spew biblical verse and prostrate themselves before the cross, recruiting the Christian faithful. Satanists will have nothing to do with any of them.” 

Read on at avclub.com

I read recently that The Satanic Temple is petitioning for an amendment to the proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act bill in Michigan that would require businesses to publicly post their discrimination policies. Won’t your campaign for “discrimination transparency” serve to make open discrimination more acceptable?

The Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) bill, ostensibly designed to “limit laws that substantially burden a person’s free exercise of religion”, is often feared to merely give affrighted superstitious bumpkins free license to contravene basic Federal Civil Rights – allowing for open discrimination – in the name of religious freedom. Lest one mistakenly speculate that the bill’s sponsoring lawmakers imagined anything of a less disgusting, socially beneficial nature, the bill’s proponent, Jase Bolger, is quite clear that discrimination is indeed paramount here. Introducing the bill as a necessary adjunct to a bill meant to protect LGBT rights, Bolger conveyed that RFRA would help preserve the virtue of pious bakers who might suffer irreparable spiritual harm should they be made to produce a cake for some godforsaken homos.

A ridiculous concern for Bible-based bakers somehow resonated with the limited imaginations of low-powered minds, and soon, sen. Rick Jones was imagining scenarios in which – only by the blessed power of RFRA – these Christ-ly culinarians could avoid having to bake a cake for members of The Satanic Temple.

Rousing our Detroit chapter into action, Jex Blackmore of our executive ministry, dutifully started a petition for an amendment to the proposed RFRA bill calling for “discrimination transparency.” According to the petition “Patrons do not deserve to endure the distress, humiliation and inconvenience associated with being refused service by a public business in their communities,” and thus the burden should be placed upon businesses that would exercise the right to discriminate to conspicuously post their biases. In a press release, I replied to the concern that such open displays of discrimination would foster a Jim Crow era environment stating, “I’ll be happy if people generally recognize that parallel. The shame of this encroaching regression of Civil Rights belongs with the bigoted simple minds who practice discrimination in a notion of religious liberty, not on those of us who ask it to be recognized for what it is.”

In short, we fear transparency far less than we fear an environment in which discriminatory practices are concealed, forgotten, and complacently ignored by the unaffected. The shame of such idiocy, mindlessly brought to issue by regressive, gullible and unqualified politicians should stare us in the face openly. We want to know which businesses discriminate, and who they discriminate against, so that we can take our business elsewhere.

If you feel the same, please sign and share the petition.

Jex Blackmore has written an in-depth essay regarding the issue on the Daily Kos. 

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To Weed Out Protesters at Last Night’s Event, The Satanic Temple Had Attendees Transfer Their Souls to Satan
Last night, as I posted earlier, The Satanic Temple unveiled its Baphomet statue in Detroit.

What’s really interesting is how TST dealt with all the threats they were getting from God-fearing Christians.

According to TST spokesperson Lucien Greaves, attendees for the event had to go through the following process:

1) Show up at the location stated on the e-ticket.
2) Go through a security checkpoint there.
3) Sign a contract transferring their souls to Satan.
4) Get the real location for the event, which was miles away.

It worked. The event went off without a hitch.

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Satanic Temple Offers To Protect Muslims Fearing Backlash In Minneapolis And San Jose
The Minneapolis and San Jose, California, chapters of the organization offered to help local Muslims afraid of backlash after the Paris attacks.

Muslims in Minneapolis and San Jose, California, are receiving support from an unlikely ally: the Satanic Temple. The Minneapolis and San Jose chapters of the national organization, which describes itself as a group that “facilitates the communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists and advocates for individual liberty,” posted to their website and Facebook pages offering to protect local Muslims who might be experiencing backlash after last Friday’s terror attacks.

“If there is anyone in the Minneapolis area who is Muslim and afraid to leave their home out of fear for some kind of backlash, don’t hesitate to reach out to us,” the Minneapolis chapter’s Facebook post read. “We would be glad to escort you where you need to go without advertising our presence – just big dudes walking you where you need to be. We would also happily accompany you so you can get some groceries.”

Since the Minneapolis chapter extended the offer on Wednesday, the Facebook post has been shared more than 2,700 times and has been “liked” by more than 3,000 people. The San Jose chapter posted the same thing to its Facebook page on Tuesday. …

The Satanic Temple’s Seven Fundamental Tenents

  1. One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.
  2. The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
  3. One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
  4. The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo your own.
  5. Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.
  6. People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.
  7. Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.
Tenets of The Satanic Temple

THERE ARE SEVEN FUNDAMENTAL TENETS.

  1. One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.
  2. The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
  3. One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
  4. The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo your own.
  5. Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.
  6. People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.
  7. Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.

The Satanic Temple interrupts pro-life national day of protest

On August 22nd, 2015 The Satanic Temple of Detroit interrupted the pro-life national day of protest against Planned Parenthood at the Detroit and Ferndale, Michigan locations. The Temple employed radical political theatre to illustrate the theocratic agenda imposed upon female bodies.
With wrists bound in prayer, two women were drowned in milk at the hands of male clergy. Their bodies callously veiled by the maternal bath. An American flag furnished with a symbol of The Satanic Temple framed the scene, followed by a message: “AMERICA IS NOT A THEOCRACY. END FORCED MOTHERHOOD.”

The Satanic Temple’s core tenets outline the following points:

(1) One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.

(2) Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.

The highly politicized pro-life movement advocates for the abolition of Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides critical preventive and primary reproductive health care services to low-income women. The current cornerstone of their argument stems from a fabricated, fictional story that clinics “sell baby parts for profit”. The August 22nd protest was directly intended to irresponsibly perpetuate this contrived story in an attempt to leverage misunderstanding for political gain and impose the moral opinions of some upon a diverse community.

The Satanic Temple strongly opposes the promotion of misinformation and believes that all people are entitled to make informed decisions about their health, family and future without coercion. We will not remain voiceless when the philosophical and religious opinions of those in power are utilized to legislate morality.  The attempt to do so violates American foundational values of freedom and liberty.

Satan is representative of the eternal rebel, enlightened inquiry and personal freedom. We consider our action a form of worship; the rejection of tyranny is an affirmation of selfhood. So long as perverted theocratic systems of power attempt to manipulate our communities and distort truths for political gain, we will rebel.

Click here to read the interview with Jex Blackmore, Detroit’s Satanic Temple director.

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Here are 3 awesome ways Satanists are trolling right-wing Christians

The Satanists have gotten conservatives to rise to the bait again. Recently, Megyn Kelly of Fox News brought Lucien Greaves of the Satanic Temple onto her program to discuss his decision to withdraw a request to put a statue of Baphomet at the Oklahoma state capitol. As Greaves explained, the Satanic Temple had only requested the statue as a response to the state putting up a statue of the Ten Commandments. Now that the Oklahoma Supreme Court has ordered the state to take down the Ten Commandments statue, the Satanists are, according to Greaves, satisfied that the state will not “allow a single viewpoint to co-opt the power and authority of government institutions.”

Obviously, Kelly’s purpose in having Greaves on was not to give a secularist viewpoint a fair hearing, but to drive up Fox News ratings by whipping her conservative audience into a what-is-this-world-coming-to outrage at hearing not only that Satanists exist, but they think they have rights and stuff, just like Christians. She probably accomplished that goal, but at the expense of making herself look like a fool. She was visibly angry at Greaves, spitting out words like “Satanist” and “pagan” and condescendingly sneering at “your devil figure.”

But to the discerning viewer, Greaves kept the upper hand throughout the segment. As Kelly worked herself up, he calmly made the case for a government that truly respects freedom of religion and does not try to impose a specific belief on citizens. Once again, Satanists show they are the absolute masters at trolling conservatives. Here’s why. …