Lucien Greaves - The Satanic Temple and the First Amendment

The Satanic Temple has gained international attention for its controversial forays into the Church-State debate where they have asserted equal rights for Satanists where religious privileges have been offered. The most notable of example has been in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma recently allowed a monument of the ten commandments to be erected on state capitol grounds. The 6-foot-tall monument was authorized by the legislature and signed into law by the governor, and its nearly $10,000 cost was paid by Republican Rep. Mike Ritze and his family. The ACLU, on behalf of a Baptist minister, has filed a lawsuit seeking to have the monument removed.

Recognizing that the government cannot favor one religion over another once it has opened the public sphere, the Satanic Temple has requested to erect a monument of their own, and they've even raised the money in full to fund it.

Join Lucien Greaves, co-founder of, and spokesperson for, the Satanic Temple, as he takes us through the history of Satanism, from the Old Testament to Romantic literature, witch-hunts and heresy, and modern Satanism and conspiracy theory. Lucien will also discuss the Satanic Temple and politics, reviewing Satanism as an atheistic religious narrative, highlighting its political activism for the disenfranchised, and sharing its future goals.

When: Sunday, 2/16/14 at 4pm
Where: Gage Hall, 4 Archdale Street
Cost: Free!

Refreshments: We will offer beverages before the meeting, but since we are having a potluck after, there will be no pre-meeting refreshments this time.


Though we normally go to a restaurant after the meeting, this time we will have a potluck dinner in the meeting hall after the presentation. Please bring your favorite (homemade or storebought) dish. SHL will provide drinks and paper goods.

If you have an elementary-aged child who would like to take part in our new Humanist "Sunday School," please check out our event for Sunday Quest.

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  • John M. C.

    A professor of mine made us aware of the old adage "politics makes strange bedfellows". This situation between the Satanist and Fundamentalist reminds me of that phenomenon. Being agnostic I don't adhere to the existence of Satan any more than a knowable and personal God if any exist at all. As a firm and historic secularist since sometime in my age of reason I find myself the strange bedfellow of the Satanist in that I believe they should have the same privilege as the Christian's.

    To allow either to display religion on public properties is I think unconstitutional. The wall between church and state is supposedly protected by the first amendment. Yet it has been weakened since the early 1950s. If Christians acquire State Rights so should the Satanist and this should be true in regard to any religion. The US Supreme Court should be careful not to support attacks on the Separation of Church and State and of course deny all public displays of religion.

    2 · February 6, 2014

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