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The Internet's Favorite Satanists: Fighting For Your Secular Society
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AFrom Adopt-A-Highway fundraisers to state supreme court battles over Baphomet statues, from the grave of Fred Phelp's now lesbian ghost to Florida public schools: wherever Christian fundamentalists fight to chip away at the separation of church and state in America, a small but media-savvy New York congregation called The Satanic Temple seems to be there, spotlighting the absurdity of state endorsements of religion in a democratic society by demanding equal treatment for everyone. The group's previous courtroom and media stunts have been chronicled in the Westboro Baptist thread, and I may migrate some of those links over here (EDIT: done), but I believe the time has come to discuss the group in their own thread as they fix their sights on bigger targets than Fred's family funeral cult.

Today's news story comes from Orange County, Florida (home to Walt Disney World and a constellation of lesser tourist attractions), where last month, a court ruled that a Christian group had the right to distribute its literature on the grounds of public schools. The Satanic Temple was quick to assemble their own children's book (download a PDF copy here), and there are reports that there are already people handing out copies of “The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities" in the area.



Quote: “[The organization] would never seek to establish a precedent of disseminating our religious materials in public schools because we believe our constitutional values are better served by respecting a strong separation of Church and State.”

“However, if a public school board is going to allow religious pamphlets and full Bibles to be distributed to students — as is the case in Orange County, Florida — we think the responsible thing to do is to ensure that these students are given access to a variety of differing religious opinions, as opposed to standing idly by while one religious voice dominates the discourse and delivers propaganda to youth.”

-- Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves, talking to Raw Story for their article on the children's book.

ETA: Dem links! Here's the story so far:

July 2013: The Satanic Temple turns the ghost of Fred Phelps' mother into a lesbian, through sexy necromancy.

August 2013: Video advertisement for The Satanic Temple's Adopt-A-Highway fundraiser on Indiegogo. The fundraiser failed to meet its goals before the assigned deadline.

January 2014: The Satanic Temple unveils the design for their proposed statue to be erected at the Oklahoma state capitol, one month after Christians were allowed to install a Ten Commandments monument on the same grounds. That statue is currently scheduled to be completed in October 2014.

March 2014: The Satanic Temple promises to turn Fred Phelps gay after he dies.

September 2014: The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities arrives in Orange County, Florida, and on the Web.

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#2
AFucking awesome
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HA !


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Fox News priest demands government ban Satanic masses ‘in the name of free speech’



Fox News contributor Father Jonathan Morris on Sunday called for officials in Oklahoma City to shut down a Satanic black mass because he said worshippers were “inciting violence” by mocking Christians.



Satanic mass organizer Adam Daniels insisted lass week that the event being held at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on Sunday was not a stunt, and would follow all state laws.



“This is not a game. It’s very serious to us,” he told Tulsa World.



But in a segment titled “The Fight For Faith” on Sunday, Morris explained to the hosts of Fox & Friends that he felt “bad” for anyone who participated in the event.


“You get yourself into something that is, first of all, satanic, that is supernatural,” he said. “They believe that as soon as you connect yourself with evil, evil stuff happens. I feel very bad for them.”



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“You get yourself into something that is, first of all, satanic, that is supernatural,”



<ironic head explosion>

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#4
AI thought the Internet's favorite Satanists were the Objectivists.
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AThe Temple is back in court, this time in Indiana.

Quote:As Indiana lawmakers move forward with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which supporters say will protect religious liberty and freedom from undue government interference, a religious group calling itself “The Satanic Temple” (TST) is filing suit against Franklin County over its rejection to erect a public display on the county courthouse lawn.
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#6
AI may have to revisit my brief high school flirtation with Satanism.
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#7

I think this is an excuse to visit the Pit of Ultimate Darkness



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