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The Seven Tenets of The Satanic Temple

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.

When I read “Satan as the good guy” texts I of course came across the two main satanic groups Church of Satan and The Satanic Temple.

Neither group actually believes in Satan (or God for that matter) but they both use him as a symbol of defiance.

Church of Satan is of the “Do what you will, there are no rules, but try not to be a dick” mindset, while The Satanic Temple is more of the “Try to make the world a better place, respect other’s freedom, fight back against oppressors” mindset. Both also have a great respect for science.

Church of Satan is responsible for the Satanic Bible and has rituals and black masses as symbolic gestures, while The Satanic Temple mostly just have “rituals” for fun, like their pink mass where gay people kissed over the gravestones of noted homophobic people. The Satanic Temple’s main thing is fighting for women’s right to abortion, protecting children form corporal punishment, gay people’s right to marry and religious freedom.

They are not entirely Tumblr friendly though because they believe that you can say whatever you want, even if it’s deeply offensive, as long as you don’t harm people. So you can say women should have no rights, but if you try to take their rights away there will be trouble.

And if you’re wondering where all the goths went, look no further than the Satanic groups.

why my chem teacher is the most dad™ teacher and all-around coolest ever

- spent 5 minutes one day complaining about the transition effects and lame fonts on the old chem teacher’s lecture slides

- had us take a survey the first day of school in which he included a question about being stuck on a desert island with justin bieber

- while teaching us nomenclature conventions for alkanes, pointed at “pent-” and said “obviously you show know some of these already; if you’re a satanist you probably know what a pentagram is,” opened a discussion of temple of satan vs. satanic temple, and said he’d be interested in joining the satanic temple one day 

- a lecture slide on calorimetry included a picture of a bomb calorimeter, which he explained in depth, then held up a styrofoam cup and said “here’s a public school calorimeter”

- someone asked a question about when electronegativity becomes polar, so he pulled up a spectrum running from non-polar to ionic and said “it’s a spectrum. like gender. you know how some people think a person is a girl even if they say they’re a guy and vice versa? there are still non-polar bonds with high electronegativity and people think they should be polar but just because they have a certain electronegativity doesn’t mean they’re polar. pls be understanding of ur covalent kids.” 

- uses a yardstick instead of a pointer

- waves said yardstick around frequently, mostly for no reason. 

- once said (ironically) that he saw less and less bullying in classrooms now and that was a bit disappointing even though it was good. added that “if i had to suffer then you all do too” in a bitter tone of voice. when a english teacher walked in and asked him why he was waving the yardstick around he said it was because he was reminiscing on the bullying days.

- couple of us asked if we should get a new periodic table to take the test with since we’d written all over ours. he said no because if we’re smart enough to think ahead and cheat then we deserve the a.

- actually has a degree in philosophy. he’s so fucking nerdy

- he bikes to school everyday and then carries his bike up two flights of stairs to his classroom

- sometimes during tests he pulls a bagel and peanut butter out of his desk and eats them while watching us silently

- this one time we walked into class and he’d shaved off his half-beard into a mustache and when we asked why he said “i’m not a huge fan of it but my wife likes it so i do it for her” 

- used the trump supporter kid’s logic against him without explicitly expressing his political views so no one can actually get him fired

- complains to our class about how much he hates us

- explained catalytic converters to us once, then pointed at me with the yardstick and said “barrett you’re gonna love this because it involves carbon monoxide and like, suffocating yourself”

- i started crying once in class and he literally refused to give me the test because he didn’t think it would be fair to make me test while having an anxiety attack so he sent me into the lab and closed the classroom door and let me ugly cry. i kept begging him to let me take the test tho so he sighed and said “im ur dad right now not ur teacher please don’t take the test just light some incense and listen to some reggae or something and chill”

- i used pig’s blood in my chem internal assessment and when i asked him where i could store it overnight he shrugged and was like “i guess put it in the fridge in the teacher’s lounge and i’ll just tell people not to drink your blood”

- he knows our class so well it’s a little scary. predicts exactly what’s going to happen in certain circumstances with like 100% accuracy

- this one girl in my class didn’t finish her homework but we submit in through pictures on google classroom so she sent in a picture of her dog and he accepted it and gave it 10/10

9 Satanic Statements
  1. Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence.
  2. Satan represents vital existence instead of spiritual pipe dreams.
  3. Satan represents undefiled wisdom instead of hypocritical self-deceit.
  4. Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it, instead of love wasted on ingrates.
  5. Satan represents vengeance instead of turning the other cheek.
  6. Satan represents responsibility to the responsible instead of concern for psychic vampires.
  7. Satan represents man as just another animal who, because of his “divine spiritual and intellectual development”, has become the most vicious animal of all.
  8. Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification.
  9. Satan has been the best friend the Church has ever had, as he has kept it in business all these years.

When I made the first version with only Church of Satan and The Satanic Temple people asked where all the other groups were. To be honest, there’s a shit ton of Satanic and Luciferian groups/religions and some are Satanists but don’t want to be called that and yada yada.

Notes:
While many Satanic groups claim to be Atheist, The Satanic Temple are the only people who don’t believe in any sort of magic. They call themselves a religion for those who have no supernatural believes but still have a right to the benefits that comes with belonging to a religion in America.

Temple of Set aren’t keen on being called Satanists, but they are an offshoot of Church of Satan, use the inverted pentagram, and they worship Set whom they believe is an older version of Satan.

Order of Nine Angles is the most secretive of all the Satanic groups, was probably founded by a neo-Nazi (though he denies being the founder), is partly rooted in some of the Thule Society beliefs, and the only Satanic groups who advocates human sacrifice. There’s a rumor going around that to be able to kill humans legally some members become soldiers and police officers.

The Neo-Luciferian Church is based in Denmark, and when I looked up the founder’s facebook page I noticed we have a lot of the same friends. Color me surprised that I’m this close to Satanists.

Satanists are not evil

I’ve never done a post like this and it is doubtful that I will do another post like this, however this one is necessary. I am indeed a Satanist and a member of The Satanic Temple (do NOT confuse us with Church Of Satan, those guys are entirely different). Recently, we’ve been subject to an even larger influx of abuse from religious fundamentalists and I am here to set the record straight.


We are NOT evil at all. Some people believe that we believe in Satan as a deity like the Abrahamic God. This is untrue, hardly anyone believes in Satan as a deity. For me as a Satanist, Satan is the internal rebel, the discriminated person, the one who strives for justice in an absurd world. Satan represents our values, we do not believe that he is real but if he was real, we would turn to him over any other God.


We do not condone discrimination against other religions as many believe. We blaspheme sometimes, yes, but we do not discriminate religious people. Read our fourth tenet: “The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To wilfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo your own.” We believe that everyone has the right to free speech, so this includes us. 


We also dislike how many fundamentalists are pro-life and protest abortion, even in the most horrific circumstances. Our third tenet supports women who face situations in which they wish for an abortion: “One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.” It is nobody’s business to say what happens to another person’s body. 


We dislike the notion of closed beliefs that are self-sustaining and lead to uneducated apologist arguments. Our beliefs are not superior at all, regardless of how we’re portrayed to think. Our fifth tenet shows how we feel about beliefs: “Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.”


Most importantly, we’re portrayed as a group of patriarchy-supporting devil worshippers who kidnap and sacrifice innocent people for our blood cults or ceremonies. This is false. We do not have any blood cults. We do not perform sacrifices or ceremonies. You’ll find many of us (not myself) are vegetarians or vegans and so killing anything is not tolerated. Gender does not matter to us. We do not care if you are male, female, gender neutral, etc. If you are good to us, we shall be good to you and if you are not, we will ask you why and educate you on our first tenet: “One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.” We believe in an equal society and a society in which nobody discriminates or is discriminated against. We work together as a community to fight for justice, socially and legally, which is where our second tenet comes into play: “The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.”


Our other tenets: 

Sixth: “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.”

Seventh:“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.”


I am a Satanist and I am proud to be so. I am proud to be a member of a community that strives for justice, equality and harmony. Do not hate us because you have a misconception of us. We are normal people like you. We are a community. A welcoming community for all. Satan is not evil, nor are we.


Ave Satana