Satanic Temple Performs Same-Sex Union Celebrating “Pink Mass” at Grave Site of Westboro Baptist Church Founder’s Mother
New York, NY — (SBWIRE) — 07/18/2013 — This past Sunday, July 14, top officials from the New
York-based Satanic Temple traveled to the Meridian, Mississippi gravesite of the mother of Westboro
Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps in order to stage a formal ceremony celebrating same-sex unions.
Photos of the ceremony are publicly available on the new Satanic Temple-operated website,
http://www.westboro-baptists.com, where The Satanic Temple encourages other same- sex couples to
submit their own photos from similar pilgrimages to the cemetery.
Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves officiated the ceremony while two same-sex couples
celebrated their homosexuality at the gravesite.
The Satanic Temple supports freedom and the pursuit of happiness for all people, thus they support same-sex couples’ equality. The Satanic Temple claims that the mass was conducted as an affirmation of those values, and claims that the action is meant to convey a message of love in the face of hate.
The Westboro Baptists, famed for their God Hates Fags anti-homosexual activism, raised the ire of the Satanic Temple month previous. “The idea for the Pink Mass ceremony and website came during the aftermath of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings, during which time the WBC were threatening to protest the funerals of the bombing victims,” explains Greaves. “Members of The Satanic Temple were in Boston, waiting for them, but they failed to show. Later, the WBC issued a statement that they had been present ‘in spirit’. We decided that a same-sex couple celebrating ceremony at the gravesite Fred Phelps’s mother was an appropriate way to meet the Westboro Baptists, ‘in spirit’, but this time on our terms.”
Explaining the ceremony itself, Greaves continues, “The Satanic Temple now believes that Fred Phelps must believe that his mother is now gay, in the afterlife, due to our Pink Mass… And nobody can challenge our right to our beliefs.”
This revelation of The Satanic Temple’s graveyard ritual comes fast on the tail of the Westboro Baptist Church’s announcement that they intend to picket the death of 31 year-old Glee actor, Cory Monteith.
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.