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UNMASKING SATANISM: RELIGION OR PARODY?

From WORLD | April 11, 2024

 

The Satanic Temple claims to be a religion for the purpose of their numerous lawsuits wanting protection under the First Amendment. At the same time, they also claim to be merely a parody of satanism. This inconsistency may be the key to defeating their legal battles.


From WORLD


In communities across the country, the Satanic Temple seeks to take advantage of this chaotic moment in American life to score political points.


The best way to understand these efforts is to see them as a mocking parody of Christianity. The Satanists are not serious about the religious nature of their movement, even as they increasingly are a serious threat to traditional morality and public religion. …


… Satanists typically deny belief in an actual, literal Satan. Their devotion is instead to the high-minded ideals of progressive social justice. For Satanists, the devil is merely symbolic of “the eternal rebel” against traditional religions. …


All of this indicates that Satanism, at least as understood in this way, is not really a religion at all. … Inspired by the tactics of their namesake, Satanists use the cover of religious belief to undermine religion itself. …


Religious liberty is America’s first and foundational freedom, and this is one reason why the free exercise of religion occupies such a prominent position in the Bill of Rights. But in a diverse and complex society, no right provides an absolute claim to unlimited autonomy or unbounded expression. …


The government inevitably must draw the line somewhere. It has to discern the difference between groups, movements, and actions that are protected expressions of religion and those that are not. A government that cannot distinguish between a monument engraved with the Ten Commandments and a statue of Baphomet truly is blind, both to political responsibilities as well as spiritual realities.


It is time to take Satanism seriously, and that means to some extent taking Satanists at their word. When they say they don’t actually worship anything or anyone, then we should believe them, or at least treat them legally as a movement with no religious significance.


Satanists may not believe in Satan, but Christians know that Satan surely believes in them. And he’s certainly hoping that the Satanic Temple’s efforts to undermine religious liberty in this country are successful. It is the responsibility of courts, county commissioners, and all citizens to make sure that religious liberty is protected—from its outright opponents as well as its counterfeiters.


What do you think of The Satanic Temple? Share your thoughts and prayers below.

(Excerpt from WORLD.

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Kristin Whitesides
Kristin Whitesides
Apr 14
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Adding to my previous comment, the mutilation of children’s genitalia promoted by our public schools is not a Christian value. When it is said that “They are coming for your children,” pay attention.

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Kristin, if you live in/near Haywood County you may want to attend our GOP meeting on May 9. Our guest speaker will talk about her organization, "Don't mess with my kids"

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Kristin Whitesides
Kristin Whitesides
Apr 14
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I’m no expert on Satanism (and never want to be), but one prevailing theme with this satanic thing seems to be to dishonor our Loving God. And from what I understand, the best way for them to do that is to harm God’s children, our most innocent ones. Little children. This might help to explain the epidemic of child trafficking for deviant, evil purposes. The other rumor I hear is that some politicians are controlled/blackmailed after being put in compromising situations with children and videotaped. There seems to be a serious element of pedophilia. I can’t prove any of this.

What we do know is that 10’s of 1000’s of American children are going missing annually.

Guard your children. W…


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