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Satanists Battling for Religious Freedom

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A new documentary about the Satanic Temple is about to prove to the world that everything people know about Satanism is wrong.

According to the documentary, the Satanic Temple is different to the Church of Satan despite the similarity of name.

The Temple was founded in 2013 with a mission statement “to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will”.

“Human sacrifice? Wrong. Blood drinking? Wrong. Black Mass? Well, sort of right.”

Hail Satan? directed by US film-maker Penny Lane, follows the Temple’s attempts to curtail what they see as the encroachment of Christianity on US life through its growing political influence.

That creeping theocracy results in a monument to the Ten Commandments being offered pride of place at the Oklahoma State Capitol building in Oklahoma City.

The Temple’s response is to ask for a space for their own statue of the Satanic deity Baphomet in a bid to restore some kind of cosmic religious balance, all the while preaching a doctrine in support of social justice and human rights.

“We want people to evaluate the United States being a Christian nation,” the Temple’s spokesman Lucien Greaves says in the film’s trailer. “It’s not”.

PALIBE NDEMANGA

ZIMENE MUMAKONDA

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