. . . put them to rest right now, because they’re telling you.
I am a 40-something attorney and mother who lives in a quiet neighborhood with a yard and a garage full of scooters and soccer balls. I often walk with my children to get ice cream and spend weekends hiking through a national park. I am not the type of person who would normally consider becoming a Satanist, but these are not normal times.
Like so many other women in the United States, when I learned of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing, my first reaction was not grief but fear. I fear that American citizens are inching closer to living in a theocracy or dictatorship and that the checks meant to prevent this from happening are close to eroding beyond repair.
When Justice Ginsburg died, I knew immediately that action was needed on a scale we have not seen before. Our democracy has become so fragile that the loss of one of the last guardians of common sense and decency in government less than two months before a pivotal election has put our civil and reproductive rights in danger like never before. And, so, I have turned to Satanism.
The fact that the Supreme Court is so important to this country is a damning problem. This lady is in touch with a different reality because she thinks the Supreme Court has been a guardian of “common sense and decency.”
Words fail. Ms. Smith is, quite frankly, insane, probably due to having no real moral focus or code save “Kill all the babies.” And when your soul is empty like this, no wonder you turn to the Satanists.
But wait! Ha ha all the Satan stuff is just to be edgy! It’s totally not a real faith, guys.
Members of the Satanic Temple do not believe in the supernatural or superstition. In the same way that some Unitarians and some Jews do not believe in God, Satanic Temple members do not worship Satan and most are atheists. They are not affiliated in any way with the Church of Satan. Instead, the Satanic Temple uses the devil as a symbol of rebellion.
It’s amazing: with all the symbols of rebellion available for the choosing, they pick the one that symbolizes rebellion against God. What are the odds?
Acts can influence your thoughts, feelings, and yes, beliefs. LARP like a Satanist long enough and you’ll start to believe it despite your professed lack of belief in the supernatural. You might not believe in all that stuff, but that stuff believes in you.
And anyway, in the next breath she calls it a faith.
Just like other faiths, the Satanic Temple has a code that their members believe in deeply and use to guide their lives. These Seven Fundamental Tenets include that “one should strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures in accordance with reason,” that “the struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions,” and that “one’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.”
Sounds like dorm room libertarianism crossed with actual Satanic beliefs (the Hiterian “Triumph of the Will” and all that). Also, I smell a hefty amount of bullshit along with the fire and brimstone, because these doofuses don’t treat everyone with compassion and empathy. How do I know? Because they’re all about killing babies to own Christians and appease their master.
Reading through the Seven Tenets, I was struck by how closely they aligned with the unwritten code I had used to try to guide my own life for several years. I realized, happily, that these were my people and that I had been a Satanist for several years without even knowing it. When Justice Ginsburg’s death suddenly made combating the threats to reproductive rights and a government free from religious interference more urgent, I knew it was time to join them and support their conceptual and legal battles.
Yeah, no kidding you were a Satanist before you even knew it lady.
Even before Ginsburg’s death, the Supreme Court was unwilling to provide adequate protection for a woman’s right to choose and to control her body. The court was unwilling to keep church and state separate. Now, without her voice of reason on the court ― let alone her vote ― Roe v. Wade is in imminent danger of being overturned not based on legal arguments or scientific reasoning, but because of religious objections to what is a safe and necessary procedure for the women who seek it out after discussion with their physician. Ginsburg’s replacement is all but certain to be vehemently anti-choice, with one of the top contenders belonging to a sect that actually used the term “handmaid” to refer to some women until the popularity of the TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale” gave the term negative connotations.
Literally The Handmaid’s Tale. You can’t make this stuff up. What planet are we on when the United States can in any way be said to be inches away from a theocracy?
In the hours after Justice Ginsburg’s death, I sat wondering what the future would hold for my daughters. Their ability to live in a country where the religious beliefs of others would not play a role in their right to assert autonomy over their own bodies was suddenly, starkly, in danger. Traditional means of keeping abortion safe and legal seemed woefully inadequate to protect the rights that women in the generation before me had fought so hard to secure.
Abortion is primarily used as birth control, which is disgusting. Literally nobody is “afraid” of women’s sexuality (whatever the hell that means). People–including half of American women–are rightly aghast at the practice of murdering babies in the womb.
Almost immediately I sought strength in the Satanic Temple’s efforts to turn religious arguments on their head by pushing for religious liberty for their members on an equal basis with believers in the dominant Christian faiths. And this is not just a theoretical push. The temple has launched campaigns and filed lawsuits to compel the government to do this in matters ranging from exemptions from legal mandates to cover birth control to the ability to display religious symbols in government buildings or allow religious clubs in public schools. By pointing out instances where the government has favored Christian rhetoric ― and filing legal challenges to stop it ― the Satanic Temple has transformed belief into action and has demonstrated what freedom fighting truly looks like.
This whacko is upset that a majority Christian nation has laws and morals informed by Christianity. And the sad thing is, legally, these losers are on solid footing. Because that’s what you get in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious empire with a de-racinated majority that tries to be everything to everybody. Diversity + proximity = war, and you’d better believe that applies to religious diversity as much as ethnic and cultural diversity.
These people are just atheist edgelord assholes with a little bit of clout who want to prove their supposed intellectual superiority over everyone else. You can tell they’re approaching by the fart-cloud scent of these smug asswipes inhaling their own vapors.
The Satanic Temple hopes to appear before the Supreme Court in a case challenging a Missouri abortion law that requires those seeking to terminate their pregnancy to first receive materials asserting that their abortion would end the life of a separate, unique person. The temple argues that these materials violate the deeply held religious beliefs of one of its members regarding bodily autonomy and scientifically reasonable personal choice. The argument the Satanic Temple is using is the same one the Supreme Court effectively endorsed in the Hobby Lobby birth control case, for which Justice Ginsburg wrote the dissent ― that no one should have to follow a law that violates their deeply held religious beliefs. If a Christian should not have to do so based on their religion, a Satanist should not have to either. This is what equality under the law means on a fundamental level.
See what I mean? This is why America is doomed to fail: because our jurisprudence has brought us to the point where not wanting to kill babies and seeing the unborn as a unique and separate life a religious belief one should feel free to ignore if it violates one’s personal feelings. We’re not talking about not standing for the national anthem or whenever. We’re talking about infanticide. And shove the “The Old Testament totally condones abortion!” canard, all you spergs out there.
Anyway, the moral of the story is, once again, that lawyers ruin everything.
This is an organization I want standing up for my rights and for my daughters’. While I support more mainstream groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Church and State, my research has shown that the Satanic Temple is truly in line with my beliefs about protecting our First Amendment rights and fighting laws that promote or are based on religious doctrine and that it is willing to use radical, creative and yet legally sound strategies to make its case.
I was able to become a mother when I wanted on my own terms. Throughout my pregnancy, I had access to scientifically accurate information and the ability to make informed choices with my doctor. While I never had an abortion, I want the same opportunities to choose for my own daughters. I am far from certain these rights will exist 10 years from now when they may be deciding when, how or even whether to start their own families.
There is a real chance that the Supreme Court will be lost for a generation or more to justices appointed for their religious beliefs rather than a deep understanding of the Constitution or a desire for justice to be carried out on an impartial basis. Because of this, I believe that the Satanic Temple ― and its members’ dedication to fighting for true freedom ― represents our best, last defense against anti-choice lawmakers who are seeking to assert power over women’s bodies and take away our right to choose. We need creative, resolute thinkers who are willing to stand up for what they believe in and take concrete action to do so, and the Satanic Temple is full of those kind of people. I am proud to now count myself among their ranks.
I’ll bet you are proud, lady. I’ll bet you are.
Everyone who cares about women having autonomy over their bodies should care about efforts to use religion to chip away at this right. We need to think outside the box to challenge what is coming and what is already here. The Satanic Temple is already doing that, and by becoming one of its members, I believe I have joined a community of people who will stop at nothing to safeguard my family’s rights ― and all of our rights ― when they are at their most vulnerable.
I care about the right of babies not to be murdered in the womb. The fact that pregnancy is such a bad thing to these people speaks volumes about their real beliefs. And I mean belief in the spiritual sense, because as we know, Moloch must be appeased.
Battle lines are being drawn, and this stuff is all in the open now. Fence-sitting and being “above it all” only help the enemy. The only downside to the so-called “Satanic Panic” was that it didn’t go far enough.
Let’s create a culture of life instead of death. I’m doing my part. So are fellow writers like Declan Finn, Adam Lane Smith, Brian Neimeier, Jon Mollison, Bradford C. Walker, and Jon Del Arroz, among others. We got this.