Much has been written regarding a recent confrontation in Texas between activists on both sides of the abortion debate in whichPro-Choice advocates chanted “Hail Satan” in response to a Pro-Life mob singing outAmazing Grace. While a good deal of commentary from both ends of the spectrum has thoughtlessly denigrated the “Hail Satan” faction, we feel that their message was both salient and clear: religious rationales used to justify certain views to some hold no currency whatsoever to scores of others. While neither the Old nor New Testaments have anything directly to say about the issue of abortion, interpretations of those texts, construed into a Pro-Life stance, mean nothing to those of us who do not contextualize our lives within the framework of those mythologies.
Thus, chanting “Hail Satan” was an effective way of saying, “You are going to have to argue your point on rational grounds. We do not subscribe to your Religion.”
While various commentary has focused on the legitimacy of the activists’ Satanic loyalties, we would submit that the concentration on the question of whether or not Satanism is Pro-Life or Pro-Choice misses the point entirely. Surely, there are Christians who consider themselves ‘Pro-Choice’ just as there are Satanists who, following their own conscience, consider themselves ‘Pro-Life’.
(That said, The Satanic Temple believes “One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.” Devoid of the presence of a supernatural ghostly essence (soul), the Will is necessarily the product of a developed nervous system, which arguably gives the authority of inviolability to the mother over the fetus.)
The fact is, arguments based upon some notion of religious primacy aren’t going to resolve this debate, nor should they have any place in the argument at all.
We fully support the “Hail Satan” activists in Austin, Texas, and we applaud their courage in reminding the world that ours is a Nation of religious pluralism.
Satanic Temple Seeks Fox News Apology after Reckless Commentary DOWNLOAD PDF
NEW YORK, NY – January 14, 2013 – The Satanic Temple, an established New York City-based religious organization, has requested a public apology from the Fox News Network, as well as the reprimand of Fox Business commentator Bernard McGuirk for his remarks during a televised panel discussion where he called for the execution of temple members. On January 9, 2014, the show “Mensa Meeting”, hosted by Don Imus, featured a panel discussion on The Satanic Temple’s offer of a monument to Oklahoma City that has garnered a great deal of media attention. Responding to the question of whether or not the temple’s monument should be accepted by Oklahoma, panelist Bernard McGuirk stated: “They should be able to put the statue up, and then they should be shot right next to it, and then we take it down.” With such serious commentary reaching the network’s vast number of viewers, there is real and legitimate concern for the safety of temple members. According to the legal counsel representing The Satanic Temple, “Such incitement to violence is reckless and possibly criminal.” In light of such examples as the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, the pressure given to Martin Bashir to resign and Bill O’Reilly’s harsh and mocking criticism of Dr. George Tiller, it could be considered hypocritical of the network to not take these kinds of statements seriously. The letter requesting the apology, sent January 11, 2014 to the Fox News Network legal department, elaborates: “Advocacy of the murder of American citizens based on their religious beliefs is intolerable and sickening. For [Fox News] to disseminate such a position as part of a televised debate on a national network strikes at the heart of this country’s founding principles and potentially places the Temple’s members in imminent danger.” “Our client requests that the Fox News Network immediately issue The Satanic Temple an apology for broadcasting a call for the murder of its members, who simply desire to be treated equally with every other religion in this country. In addition, they would like to see a public reprimand of Bernard McGuirk.” The Temple’s legal counsel further objects that McGuirk’s irresponsible comment was made amid “various defamatory remarks” which appear to have been based solely upon the “panelists’ prejudices, conjecture, and/or malice.” The false statements included claims that the Temple is “anti-Christian”, and strives to “promote evil.” Temple spokesperson, Lucien Greaves, comments, “Even the most basic and cursory perusal of our website [www.thesatanictemple.com] could have served to correct these panelists. It is unconscionable that a news panel would express opinions without doing any research. Ours is a philosophy that is meant to enrich lives and encourage benevolence. It is reprehensible that a nationally televised commentator could call for our execution regarding any item of disagreement, much less based upon entirely imagined presumptions.” About The Satanic Temple The mission of The Satanic Temple is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will. Civic-minded and a believer in universal acceptance, The Satanic Temple has been involved in a number of good works, including taking a stand against the controversial and extremist Westboro Baptist Church. Additionally, the temple has worked to raise funds to participate in the Adopt-A-Highway program so as to keep New York City highways clean and protect the environment. For more information about The Satanic Temple, please visit https://thesatanictemple.com/.