As US politics becomes more influenced by evangelical Christian beliefs, an alternate church is rising: The Satanic Temple. But this group of supposed Devil worshippers, led by Lucien Greaves, are a progressive, politically active bunch who seem more invested in upholding the separation of church and state than raising hell. – Ben Travis – Empire
In traditional Christian mythology, Satan is the original ultimate villain — the fallen angel, the anti-God, the corrupter of Adam and Eve. As for Satanists, horror movies and tabloid scares have taught us that they’re pentagram-clad cultists, primed to ritually sacrifice virgins and unsuspecting babysitters in deference to their Dark Lord.
Or not. Meet The Satanic Temple — an American religious organisation founded in 2013 by the self-anointed Lucien Greaves, which has emerged to “spread a message of goodwill and benevolence and open-mindedness and free expression”, subverting and reappropriating the notion of Devil worship into something altogether more progressive. This lot give dry socks to the homeless, embark on litter-picking drives, are firmly pro-LGBTQIA+, and protest against anti-abortionists and the Westboro Baptist Church.
This event is free to Students (with ID) and CFI members – $5 for the general public. Refreshments will be served.
The Center for Inquiry’s mission is to foster a secular society based on reason, science, and freedom of inquiry. We are a community group in Western New York made up of atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, skeptics, and other non-religious folks. We do our best to make a positive difference in the lives of secular and scientific-minded people and show that you don’t have to believe in a god to be good or to do good in the world. We have monthly educational lectures (about topics related to science and secularism) up in Amherst, NY, and social events (potlucks, cafe meetups, game nights, etc.) throughout the year.
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