We have 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, provided religious exemption and legal protection against laws that unscientifically restrict people's reproductive autonomy, exposed harmful pseudo-scientific practitioners in mental health care, organized clubs alongside other religious after-school clubs in schools besieged by proselytizing organizations, and engaged in other advocacy in accordance with our tenets.Print Informational Pamphlet
One should strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures in accordance with reason.
The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo one's own.
Beliefs should conform to one's best scientific understanding of the world. One should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit one's beliefs.
People are fallible. If one makes a mistake, one should do one's best to rectify it and resolve any harm that might have been caused.
Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.
The Satanic Temple has become the primary religious Satanic organization in the world with congregations internationally, and a number of high-profile public campaigns designed to preserve and advance secularism and individual liberties. The rise of The Satanic Temple has been met with an increase in commentary regarding what Satanism is as media outlets struggle to grasp how this upstart religion has begun to shift religious liberty debates with claims of equal access.
With unfortunate regularity - and much to our chagrin - The Satanic Temple is confused with an earlier organization, the Church of Satan, founded by Anton Szandor LaVey in the 1960s. The Church of Satan expresses vehement opposition to the campaigns and activities of The Satanic Temple, asserting themselves as the only “true” arbiters of Satanism, while The Satanic Temple dismisses the Church of Satan as irrelevant and inactive.Learn More
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The benefits of joining depend on what you want to do with your membership. Joining on our website will put you on our mailing list so you can stay up-to-date on our activities and campaigns. If you want your membership to be even more rewarding, consider becoming active in a congregation or contributing to the mission of The Satanic Temple in other ways. A list of our congregations can be found here.
We value the privacy of our members and do not share membership information with anyone. Only the founders of the organization are permitted access to the membership database and it is used exclusively by TST for outreach and communication. TST will never disclose the names of any of our members without their explicit permission. The release of anyone's name without their consent would undermine our members' trust in the organization.
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“Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.”
The Seven Fundamental Tenets of The Satanic Temple, while inspired by 18th Century enlightenment values, were designed for current times, to assist the modern Satanist in noble undertakings. Knowledge is a cornerstone of our Satanic philosophy, and it is incumbent on members to expand their horizons. One can find a suggested list of reading materials related to TST philosophy here:
We encourage effective and artful protest. Many members are actively involved in noble causes. Unfortunately, a great many modern protest movements are narcissistic constructs that have precious little hope for generating meaningful, constructive changes. The Satanic Temple has generated a list of the qualities that constitute effective protest and what components can be ineffective- or even destructive.Rules of Protest
There are many opportunities to be active within The Satanic Temple, locally, and online.
If there is a congregation near you, you may wish to engage with them and become a part of that community. Endorsed congregations participate in campaigns, social events, and other activities relevant to their local regions, as well as in concert with national TST campaigns. A listing of our current congregations, and means to contact them, are listed here:
If there isn’t a congregation near you, you may wish to seek out a community on the internet. We gather online and keep close ties with one another through social media and other digital means. Many of the local congregations host their presence online, which can also be found within the "Find A Congregation" section of our website.
The struggle for pluralism often has associated expenses. Organization and legal costs require grassroots support from sympathetic members and allies who support our causes. While it is by no means a requirement of membership, contributing is another way you can support TST and its numerous campaigns. You can learn more about the various ways to donate or contribute financially to TST below.