How many people have seen the movie Hail Satan! ? It's about the separation of church and state (although I've seen people flee if you bring up the name of the movie!!). There are chapters of the Temple of Satan around the nation. They sarcastically "worship" Satan, who they don't believe in anyway, to show governmental agencies why they shouldn't have religion in the statehouse, etc. Great movie!
There is an element of literal truth in sarcasm, which is why Im very reluctant to use it, especially for political or raising awareness reasons.
Im not a fan of the Satanist group, real or not. The best approach is always honesty and respect. If you have to do tricks or stunts then say its to help, it feels wrong. It's like using the oppourtunity to make fun or say jokes at the expense of a group, then saying you are just trying to help them. No, you're doing it because you like it and/or benefit from it. I'm not buying that bull.
I'm seeing responses that essentially boil down to "No, I haven't.", "No, I'm not going to bother.", and "I don't actually know what The Satanic Temple is but have an opinion based on very little knowledge anyhow".
Its recognition as an "official" religion in any manner is a pretty big deal, perhaps especially for those interested in the separation of church and state, so IMO it's worth checking out the movie and at least getting a basic understanding of what it is and isn't, as well as for any general interest in religion in society and changes in the landscape.
It amazes me that America has this rule designed to separate church and state but seems to constantly let churches meddle into their state affairs and yet countries that don't have any rules of separation, don't have the problem. I don't understand it.
United States of America is the secret religion of the Masonic lodge secret religion racist devil worshippers being lead by Lucifer the devil, most commonly know as Jesus the Christ king of the Jews.
Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon.
It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. Revelations 13:11-12
What the first beast is Catholicism in an attempt of ruling and world domination that can be seen to have been wounded by the split of catholic into denominations with the protestant movement.
The second beast then being the rise of illuminati, illuminated lucifer "light" meaning words out of the dark ages for a new style of "conspiracy theory " world domination organization laws, a beast by metaphor.
The United States of America, laws and premise is Masonic lodge secret religion racist devil worship government requiring worship of the first beast intent on world domination and forcing such ad "In God we trust ".
It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, ... Revelations 13:16-17
Interpretation: laws of government requiring and enslaving people to capitalism slave labor identification for taxation and government control.
and to horns like a lamb ... spoke like a dragon. The apparence of lamb horns would be a defensive appearance not an aggressive appearance but speaking like a dragon would be like putting fear into people not paying taxes.
The American government has apparence of a defensive government that would by apparence not show aggression, but "speaks" to oppress people.
Yes, great movie and TST is a great organization. I’ve been getting involved with the TST Tennessee chapter. I can understand how it seems like a joke or a priceless troll, using sarcasm but it really isn’t. It’s a legitimate religion, just nontheistic. We sincerely consider Satan (as a literary character) to be a valuable symbol. Satan is representative of our ideals by being the adversary of authoritarianism and an advocate of questioning. It’s hard not to have a little bit of schadenfreude at the problems this philosophy presents for Christians and revel in the great irony, it does seem like a huge joke on them. But the point isn’t to troll anyone or shock them for the sake of shocking them. It’s more about personal liberty and being a political force for creating cognitive dissonance in the mind of believers. You want religion in schools? Fine, you’ve gotta include this one. It’s an antireligion, using the principles of religion as a force against the evils of religion. It’s the snake eating its own tail and a cathartic way to reject the damaging indoctrination of Christianity more fully than being an atheist alone. It’s a symbol of defiance, but we’re not being facetious or disingenuous for provocation’s sake in the least.