June 13, 2020

On June 09, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a claim brought by The Satanic Temple against the State of Missouri challenging medically unnecessary laws that force anybody seeking an abortion to accept literature proselytizing the religious position that “the life of each human being begins at conception. Abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.” To add injury to the insult, Missouri demands that after… Read more

February 6, 2020

After four long years, The Satanic Temple (TST)-Arizona’s day in court over being disinvited to give an invocation by the City of Scottsdale has come to an end. While the judge found that Scottsdale’s action was not provably discriminatory, the court did reaffirm TST’s legitimate standing as a religion. Read more

February 5, 2020

Throughout the 1980s and 90s there propagated bizarre and implausible tales of Satanic Ritual Abuse told by self-proclaimed “survivors” who had “recovered” the “memories” of their alleged victimization in the course of therapy. These narratives — often supernatural, often entirely debunked by evidence — were qualitatively no different than “recovered memories” of past lives and alien abduction. Since then, a substantial body of research has explored and confirmed the reality of “false memories,” memories that under the right circumstances are… Read more

January 27, 2020

Pastor Paula White, Advisor to the White House Faith & Opportunity Initiative 505 E. McCormick Rd. Apopka, FL 32703 Via fax: (407) 814-4878 Dear Pastor White, Greetings from The Satanic Temple (TST)! We were very pleased this weekend to learn that you had recently publicly prayed for God to induce miscarriages in Satanic pregnancies. At a time in which Satanists have had to fight desperately to retain their bodily autonomy in the face of increasingly restrictive anti-abortion laws, we are… Read more

November 19, 2019

The first email was forwarded back and forth internally for a while due to a general sense of skepticism and a lack of clear interest: From: S E <enjavi@gmail.com> Date: Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 1:12 PM Subject: Bichip Mark of the beast Hail Satan Hope you are all fine… I am writing to you since our Human Microchip company is having a big international event here in Copenhagen, November 26th. We are unveiling the cutting edge technology of human… Read more

November 7, 2019

Oklahoma was still in an active state of moral panic regarding The Satanic Temple’s attempts to erect a monument on the state’s capitol grounds when a devout Stillwater, OK Christian man was arrested for hacking the head off an alleged practitioner of “witchcraft.” Both media and law enforcement failed to attribute the crime to the perpetrator’s religious beliefs, even when that connection was made perfectly explicit. The killer was reported to have been “watching Youtube videos related to his Christian… Read more

October 31, 2019

Just as “the Christmas Spirit” has the liberating effect of nullifying common social standards of humanity and etiquette for those “revelers” who swarm into violent stampeding mobs beginning with the infamous Black Friday post-Thanksgiving Day sales, October is traditionally a time of year in which Halloween frees journalists from any remaining tedious pretenses to credibility as they search out seasonal spooky paranormal claims. The embarrassing (and unquestionably harmful) superstition of exorcism annually sees a distinct spike in attention, while local… Read more

October 13, 2019

It happens all the time. At least, it happens far more often than you would expect, if you tend to assume that lawmakers and public administrators must have at least the most rudimentary understanding of Constitutional Law. What happens is this: The Satanic Temple will ask for equal access to some particular benefit afforded to religious organizations only to find ourselves denied on clearly spurious and openly hypocritical grounds that can not possibly stand up to legal scrutiny. A recent… Read more

August 29, 2019

The following is a guest post by Greg Stevens, formerly of The Satanic Temple’s National Council, now TST’s Director of Ministry:   A Satanist whose hobby or fetish is Satanism per se, is no more of a Satanist than one who, realizing the indulgence advocated by Satanism, accepts the Name. The difference between the man or woman who’s a practicing Satanist, from an identity Satanist is that the practicing Satanist looks at the picture, while the identity Satanist studies the… Read more

August 15, 2019

Satanic rituals are acts of creative expression. Consistent with the philosophical principles of self-determination and and anti-authoritarianism espoused by The Satanic Temple, our rituals are not dependent upon prescriptive dogmatic fidelity to rote ceremonies. Rather our rituals are often constructed for a particular moment in time, for enactment at particular events, and subject to the artistic preferences, additions, and revisions, of those who will participate in them, within the limits of their collective consent. Traditional “sacred” rituals, muttered verbatim, often… Read more

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