“America is not a theocracy. End forced motherhood!” The Satanic Temple of Detroit disrupts a national day of protest against Planned Parenthood with some provocative political theater.
Deploying radical political theater to illustrate the theocratic agenda Planned Parenthood protesters want to impose upon female bodies, the Satanic Temple of Detroit held a dramatic counter protest last Saturday to coincide with a national day of protest against Planned Parenthood.
Detroit Metro Times reports the Satanic Temple set up a guerrilla performance outside Ferndale’s Planned Parenthood featuring two actresses, tied up in a kneeling prayer position, as people dressed as clergymen attempted to drown them in milk.
Behind them, organizers held an American flag emblazoned with the Satanic Temple’s logo, along with a sign reading:
AMERICA IS NOT A THEOCRACY. END FORCED MOTHERHOOD!
Jex Blackmore of the Satanic Temple, said:
We opted to do a form of political theater because we feel very much that is what the opposition is doing. Milk to us is symbolic of motherhood and we feel clergy is promoting a form of theocracy in forcing women to adhere to their ethical guidelines.
Recently Planned Parenthood has been the victim of a well financed and cynical campaign to smear the organization dedicated to healthy family planning and women’s reproductive health.
The Center for Medical Progress, a front for radical anti-abortion forced-birth extremists, has been running a highly orchestrated campaign to discredit Planned Parenthood and ultimately undermine legal and safe abortion.
The group has been releasing heavily edited, deceptive and dishonest videos about Planned Parenthood designed to generate political support to defund the organization. Last Saturday’s national day of protest against Planned Parenthood was motivated in large part by the release of the false and misleading videos.
As for the Satanic Temple, earlier this summer the group filed a lawsuit in federal court against Missouri’s governor and attorney general, alleging that the state’s draconian abortion restrictions violate their “sincerely held religious beliefs.”