The Satanic Temple is the leading beacon of light in the battle for abortion access.
With Roe v Wade overturned, a religious exemption will be the only available challenge to
many restrictions to access.
TST stands alone because we are the only entity that can assert a religious liberty claim that terminating a pregnancy is a central part of a religious ritual that encourages self-empowerment and affirms bodily autonomy.
This means that the imposition of waiting periods and mandatory counseling is akin to demanding a waiting period and counseling before one can be baptized or receive communion. Clearly, that would be a violation of religious liberty.
While the SCOTUS decision is clearly a major set back, the Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed religious rights. The Satanic Temple is currently suing the state of Texas to protect our civil rights. Our Texas claims are untethered to the due process Clause. They are a direct interpretation of the right of conscience in the Free Exercise Clause. We have requested alternative science-based abortion counseling in Minnesota. We will also be suing the FDA for unrestricted religious access to Mifepristone and Misoprostol.
The Satanic Temple’s rapid growth has been unabated since its founding. With over 700,000 registered members worldwide, we expect dramatic changes in how we are regarded. Greater numbers support our advocacy for religious pluralism in the public sector and ensure that our members have access to the same opportunities afforded to adherents of other religions.
While the Temple has active, local congregations worldwide, we are best known for efforts to litigate in defense of our equal religious rights in the United States — including “after-school Satan clubs” and rallies for reproductive freedom
The Satanic Temple just sent a letter to the Minnesota Department of Health requesting our religious counseling brochure be made available as an alternative to the state-mandated document.
The Satanic Temple tried and failed to obtain the charitable help Airbnb claims to provide for Ukrainian refugees. Despite a media blitz that raised over $25 million from “celebrity fundraisers”...
On June 18, 2022, The Satanic Temple will hold our second annual Satanic ritual in front of the 40-foot-tall Bladensburg Peace Cross in Maryland, celebrating it as a Satanic monument to honor Satanist veterans.
The Satanic Temple (TST) is suing the state of Texas for violating the religious rights of its members. For members of TST, the authority to make decisions about their bodies without guilt or unnecessary interference is a fundamental religious right.
TST has been closely following the development of overly restrictive and likely unconstitutional restrictions on reproductive freedoms. On September 1, the Texas Heartbeat Bill, Senate Bill 8, (S.B. 8), went into effect after the Supreme Court declined to temporarily enjoin enforcement of the law.
The Satanic Temple stands ready to assist any member that shares its deeply-held religious convictions regarding the right to reproductive freedom. Accordingly, we encourage any member who resides in Texas and wishes to undergo the Satanic Abortion Ritual within the first 24 weeks of pregnancy to contact The Satanic Temple so we may help them fight this law directly. S.B. 8 does not allow for lawsuits or enforcement of penalties against anyone seeking an abortion. Instead, S.B. 8 is cynically designed to avoid judicial review of the law and creates enforcement mechanisms against TST and its lawyers who dare challenge the law. We will not be cowed into silence by an unjust law or a tyrannical state government.
The Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act (TRFRA) provides a mechanism to seek an exemption from any law that restricts the free exercise of religion. Because S.B. 8 imposes an undue burden on the ability of TST members to undergo the Satanic Abortion Ritual, the first step in defending the rights of its members is to seek an exemption under TRFRA. If the state declines to provide such an exemption, TST can then seek judicial relief from the law.
The mission of The Satanic Temple, a religious organization, is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense, oppose injustice, and undertake noble pursuits. The Satanic Temple has publicly confronted hate groups, fought for the abolition of corporal punishment in public schools, applied for equal representation when religious installations are placed on public property...Learn More
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