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Started as a counter to certain religions attempting to wedge themselves into the public, secular sphere, The Satanic Temple matches those religions in offering statuary or educational resources. They have used the courts to provide the same access that communities make available for other religions. Although recognized by the IRS as a tax exempt, tax deductible religion, TST is nontheistic, does not believe in deities or supernatural beings or magic but rather supports individuals and their rights.

 

The Satanic Temple has seven key tenets:

  1. One should strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures in accordance with reason.
  2. The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
  3. One's body is inviolable, subject to one's own will alone.
  4. The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo one's own.
  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.
  6. People are fallible. If one makes a mistake, one should do one's best to rectify it and resolve any harm that might have been caused.
  7. Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.

What I find most intriguing about TST is their use of "...the literary Satan as a metaphor to promote pragmatic skepticism, rational reciprocity, personal autonomy, and curiosity. Satan is thus used as a symbol representing "the eternal rebel" against arbitrary authority and social norms."

 

Ave Satanus

 

 

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Just so.  In any case, it would be difficult for the Satanists to cause as much harm as the Godly.  They would have much catching up to do.  Even if they were so inclined.

 

Ave Satanus!

All Hail the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Glory to the Invisible Pink Unicorn and the Purple Oyster of Doom.

Sah, Seikhim, Sa Hu!  (Sekhmet.  The Lion Headed Goddess of Egypt.)

May the Force Be With You.

Hare Krishna.

Namaste.

Praise be the goddess Google, Repository of Human Knowledge.

Allah be praised.

Hail the Great Ju Ju at the Bottom of the Sea.

To whom it may concern.

To the Unknown God.

 

It's not easy being all inclusive.

 

There is no point in praising Apathea, goddess of Apathy.  She doesn't care.     :birgits_giggle:

 

What happens when the goddess of Apathy mates with the god of Procrastination?

We may never find out.     :birgits_giggle:

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Some people wonder, "Why even bother with all the literary/religious themes and trappings when they are Atheists?"

 

Answer: The theme symolizes what the group represents as a whole and the trappings fulfill our human need for ritualized solidarity. 

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