January 21, 2021

As the cofounder of and spokesperson for The Satanic Temple, I have been a controversial presence in the media for eight years. The case I discuss below stands out as the most egregious case of journalistic malpractice that I have been victim to in that time. New York Magazine somehow had a lapse of editorial responsibility so severe that they published a piece which serves to advance a pseudoscience used to propagate Satanic Panic by engaging in character assassination of… Read more

December 15, 2020

A relentless campaign by The Satanic Temple’s Grey Faction to expose the conspiracism and pseudoscience of a professional mental health organization known as the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) — which often gives presentations at its annual conferences regarding fringe concepts like “Satanic Ritual Abuse” and Illuminati Mind Control as the etiological origin of Dissociative Identity Disorder [DID] (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder [MPD]) — has, according to recent ISSTD documents obtained by Grey… Read more

October 13, 2020

Conspiracy theories like QAnon are smothering American culture with bizarre and obsessive ideas about “Satanism,” devil worship, and ritual murder–and this is the most normal thing in the world. Read more

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

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