2019 to 2021: Activities among Satanic groups
2019: Chelsea Clinton comments on Satanism.
2020: The Satanic Temple (TST) holds a raffle.
2020: Death threats against a South African Satanist.
2021: TST Fundraiser for religious reproductive rights.
2019-JAN to MAR: Chelsea Clinton says that Satanism "deserves our respect:"
Chelsea Clinton, 37, tweeted warm greetings to the Church of Satan on New Year's Day, saying that they deserve civility and respect. She said:
"We can be civil, cheerful, respectful to & friends with people who don’t share our religious beliefs. Sometimes, we even marry them. I’m a Methodist & my husband is Jewish."
The Killuminati web site commented:
"Jay-Z described Jesus Christ as “the original fake news“ late in 2017. Miley Cyrus said “Hail Satan” on live radio and claimed she has a closer relationship with the devil than with her "earthly father," Billy Ray. Rihanna was caught telling children in Barbados that “if Jesus hasn’t answered your prayers, try praying to Satan." 1
2020-JAN: President Trump's spiritual advisor issues an unusual command:
Paula White is President Trump's spiritual advisor. She allegedly visits him weekly and phones him daily.
A video shows her preaching to a group that appears to be made up entirely of women.
"We command any satanic pregnancies to miscarry right now! .. We declare that anything that’s been conceived in satanic wombs that it will miscarry, it will not be able to carry forth any plan of destruction, any plan of harm." 5
She claimed later that her words were taken out of context.
2020-JUL: The Satanic Temple offers two university scholarships:
The Satanic Temple's two "Devil's Advocate Scholarships" -- each of $500 -- are offered to high school graduates. To apply, they must answer one of two questions:
- Efforts that they have: "undertaken that are consistent with TST’s tenets and mission," or
- Create an essay, poem, art work, film or other creative medium describing a teacher “who crushed your spirit, undermined your self-confidence, and made you hate every minute you were forced to be in school."
The Temple has already received 50 applications for a scholarship. The offer closes on AUG-31. 6
2020-AUG: The Satanic Temple (TST) is sponsoring a very unorthodox raffle:
Their raffle which will finance an abortion for the winner. 2 They will use profits from the raffle to promote changes to U.S. state laws to increase women's access to abortion.
The TST promotes a series of seven tenets for their members including:
- #3: "One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone."
#5: "Beliefs should conform to one’s best scientific understanding of the world. One should take care never to distort facts to fit one’s beliefs." 3
They even sell a T-shirt displaying their third tenet. 4
They conclude from these tenets that their members' access to abortion should not be limited by state laws that require mandatory waiting periods, counseling, non-voluntary viewing of sonograms and/or reading material. They state that such laws violate Satanists' free exercise of their religion.
According to The Friendly Atheist blog:"
"No Christian would accept a mandatory waiting period before they can partake in Communion. No Christian would tolerate a law that insists state counseling is necessary before someone can be baptized. Our members are justly entitled to religious liberty in order to practice our rituals as well."
On the other hand, among the TST's other fundamental tenets are the following:
- #1: "One should strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures in accordance with reason."
#4: "The freedoms of others should be respected .... To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo one's own." 3
If one assumes that an embryo and/or fetus becomes a "creature" or "an other" person at some stage of pregnancy, then tenets 1 and 4 would appear to make at least some abortions a violation of Satanic beliefs and justify restrictive laws.
2020-OCT-13: Satanic Rev. Tristan Kapp and his family have received death/rape threats:
Rev. Tristan Kapp, 23, of the South African Satanic Church is a theology student finishing his masters degree at the University of Pretoria. He and members of his family have been threatened with death and rape.
"Theology provides an opportunity for all faiths to be studied and to be understood from an academic perspective, and I think that satanism can enrich academic theology. For example, body autonomy and sexuality are a very important thing in satanism, andÂ we don’t do orgies and those kinds of things, that’s just a misconception."
“We think of the body as being free and being separated from external monopolies like the church, whereby they say we own the body and therefore we dictate the ethics. We on the other hand say you own your own body and therefore dictate the ethics and you do what you want to do with it yourself."
He emphasized that Satanism is unrelated to witchcraft, Satanists do not believe in any supernatural powers. They do not sacrifice cats, believe in violence, and are not anti-Christ. He said: "If anything, we just want to coexist." 7,8,9
2021-MAR: The Satanic Temple's fundraiser for religious reproduction rights:
The Satanic Temple (TST) regards an abortion procedure as a religious ceremony or exercise.
They are attepting to raise U.S.$100,000 to fight a lawsuit in Texas. They believe that the state is attempting to restrict TST members' religious beliefs by restricting their access to abortions. Their member "Ann Doe" objects to having to undergo a sonogram, to view the results of the sonogram, to listen to a narrative of the sonogram's results, and to wait a specified interval between the sonogram and the abortion.
Their lawyer sent a letter to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. It demanded an exemption from the state's abortion restrictions on behalf of Ann Doe. It explained in part:
"The abortion ritual (1) requires an abortion; and (2) affirms her religious subscription to TST's Third and Fifth Tenets:"
Tenet 3: "One's body is inviolable, subject to one's own will alone."
Tenet 5: "Beliefs should conform to one's best scientific understanding of the world. One should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit one's beliefs."
Before Ms. Doe can get her abortionâ€“and therefore participate in the abortion ritual, the government has required that she get a sonogram. ... [These] requirements substantially interfere with Ms. Doe's religious beliefs and practices for two reasons. First, the requirements are a precondition to Ms. Doe's ability to participate in a religious ceremony. It is a substantial interference per se for the state to place a regulatory hurdleâ€“one that costs moneyâ€“in front of a religious exercise. The state might as well tax and regulate Mass." (Punctuation changed here from the original) 10
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"Emergency Fundraiser for Religious Reproductive Rights," The Satanic Temple, undated, read at 2021-MAR-03, at: Texas Lawsuit - The Satanic Temple
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Copyright © 2018 to 2021 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Original posting: 2021-FEB-03
Author: B.A. Robinson