The Satanic Temple has filed lawsuits in four states so far that challenge their legal protections for unborn babies on religious grounds.
The satanic group claims killing unborn babies in abortions is a religious ritual, and restricting it violates its “fundamental tenets,” according to an article on Glenn Beck’s website. Its leaders also claim pro-life laws are rooted in “Christian nationalism” – even though people of all faiths and no faith believe basic human rights should apply to all human beings.
This week, The Guardian published a flattering piece about the satanic group and its efforts to overturn pro-life laws in Idaho, Indiana, Missouri and Texas. A leftist news outlet, it did not fact check or even question the group’s claims that pro-life laws are just Christians forcing their beliefs on others or that an unborn baby is not “unique and distinct human life,” which contradicts basic scientific knowledge.
“States are passing laws premised on this idea that fetal tissue has personhood, or is a unique and distinct human life. We don’t agree with that position. We believe it’s a religious position, and we don’t believe states have any right to put any impositions on us,” Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves told The Guardian.
His supposed religion claims to have “seven fundamental tenets,” including one that teaches, “One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.” In its lawsuits, the satanic group claims abortion restrictions and bans violate this teaching as well as an “abortion ritual” that its members perform.
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It likens the “ritual” slaughter of unborn babies to communion or baptism for Christians. In 2020, it even raffled off an abortion to raise money for its lawsuits.
Here’s more from the report:
During the ritual, the person having the abortion looks at their reflection, before taking deep breaths and reciting two of the seven tenets. Once the abortion is complete, the person must recite the “personal affirmation”: “By my body, my blood, by my will, it is done.” The ritual is conceived to serve an “affirmative function of assuring membership that their decision is their own”, the group says, while also offering a kind of counselling effect.
Greaves bragged that their lawsuits will help people from lots of different faiths if they succeed and complained that people are not grateful for their work.
“… people aren’t terribly invested in the outcomes of the Satanic Temple’s lawsuits. And it shows that they don’t understand that the outcomes of what the Satanic Temple is doing have ramifications for everybody: all minority religious organizations, all different types of viewpoint positions that might be outside the Christian nationalist perspective,” he told The Guardian.
The Satanic Temple claims to have 700,000 members internationally, and it is a recognized religion by the IRS.
The satanic group is deeply involved in abortion advocacy. Breitbart once described its work as a “pro-abortion crusade to come to the aid of America’s largest abortion provider,” Planned Parenthood.
Within the past decade, it has filed numerous lawsuits in different states to overturn pro-life laws, though its attempts thus far have failed. Other recent lawsuits include a challenge to the Texas heartbeat law, which pro-life advocates say has saved tens of thousands of unborn babies’ lives thus far.
The Satanic Temple also is pushing its beliefs on young children. Recently, the group began opening clubs in elementary schools.
Increasingly, these satanic influences can be seen at pro-abortion rallies where abortion activists chant “Hail, Satan!” and the phrase “fight like hell” has become common among prominent pro-abortion politicians.