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The Satanic Temple

From: Heather H
Sent on: Sunday, July 26, 2015 9:52 PM

The Satanists are in town!

Specifically, The Satanic Temple has started a chapter here in Minneapolis, but who are they. You may have heard of them in the news, they are the ones who passed out Satanic Coloring Books in a Florida school after the school board said it was okay to pass out Bibles. They are also behind the Baphomet statue which has been successful in getting the Ten Commandments removed from public spaces.

There are several different ‘sects’ of Satanism. The Satanic Temple does not believe in a literal Satan.

From their pamphlet:

Satan is symbolic of the Eternal Rebel in opposition to arbitrary authority, forever defending personal sovereignty even in the face of insurmountable odds. To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions.

The Mission of The Satanic Temple is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will. We facilitate the communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists, atheists, and advocates for the individual liberty. We welcome all who share our values and goals.

The Satanic Temple has been involved in a number of good works including offering women a legal waiver to exempt them from receiving inaccurate medical advice under the Hobby Lobby ruling, working on behalf of children who have been subject to corporal punishment in public school, fighting for the separation of church and state in Florida public schools, and more.

The goal of the Minneapolis chapter is primarily to widen the gulf between church and state and defend individual autonomy. The latter half can manifest itself in myriad forms, including such things as reproductive rights, right-to-die-legislation, LGBT causes, and the establishment of youth chapters in schools locally and nationally.

We will be posting some of their events, but the best way to follow them is to like them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/tstmsp). They regularly post meeting locations for their bi-weekly chapter meetings on their Facebook page. Anyone is welcome- members, allies, or simply curious parties.

Minnesota Atheists welcomes The Satanic Temple as an ally in protecting the separation of church and state.

Heather Hegi

Secretary, Minnesota Atheists

 

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