Let’s get a few things out of the way about The Satanic Temple, the religious/activist group at the center of “Hail Satan,” which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Members of The Satanic Temple say they don’t actually worship Satan or even believe in him. They want nothing to do with the murders and child abuse attributed to Satanism during the “Satanic Panic” of the 1980s, and their only human sacrifices are the tremendous sacrifices of their own time, in the name of humanity.
The temple’s core belief — that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion — isn’t some kooky commandment they invented during a black mass. It’s the first line of the First Amendment.
The group’s modus operandi is to present Satanism as a religion that deserves equal time with Christianity, in order to call attention to the un-Constitutionality of Christianity in public spaces.
They never win their fights to erect Satanic statues alongside displays of the Ten Commandments outside Bible Belt state buildings.
But that’s never the goal: The goal is to help people realize that the Ten Commandments have no business on government grounds either.
Read the story at TheWrap.
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