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MEMBERSHIP

HOW CAN I JOIN?

Go to https://thesatanictemple.com/pages/join-us

 

I AM HAVING PROBLEMS JOINING. THE “JOIN” BUTTON DOES NOT WORK.
When people register, an email confirmation is automatically generated. Sometimes that ends up in people’s spam folders. If you are having trouble registering, it is because you have already successfully registered.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF JOINING?
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 chapter or contributing to the mission of The Satanic Temple in other ways.

 

A list of our chapters can be found here: https://thesatanictemple.com/pages/find-chapter.

You can also network with other TST members on our official forum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1663215740560553/.

 

 

HOW IS MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION USED?

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.

 

ARE THERE AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR MEMBERS?

No.

 

I WANT TO SELL MY SOUL, GET RICH, JOIN THE ILLUMINATI, ETC.

Please look elsewhere.

 

CHAPTERS AND MEMBER OUTREACH

 

HOW CAN I COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER MEMBERS?
The easiest way to get in touch with other members is to join our official forum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1663215740560553/

 

WHERE ARE TST CHAPTERS AND HOW CAN I REACH OUT TO THEM?
A list of our current chapters can be found on our website at https://thesatanictemple.com/pages/find-chapter. If you do not see a chapter in your area, it might be possible for you to start one.

 

I DON’T SEE A CHAPTER LISTED IN MY CITY.

Then we do not have a chapter in your city.

CAN YOU START A CHAPTER IN MY CITY?

Chapters are formed by members with the approval, consent, and support of TST’s National Council. TST does not independently create its chapters.

 

HOW CAN I START A CHAPTER?
Starting a new Chapter of The Satanic Temple can be very rewarding. It also requires time, effort, and an understanding of the mission of The Satanic Temple.

 

You might want to join our official forum on Facebook and do a search to see if anyone else is looking to create a Chapter in your area. Here is a link to the forum: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1663215740560553/.

 

Familiarize yourself with TST’s tenets, mission statement, and frequently asked questions, all of which are on our website. Next, write to newchapter@thesatanictemple.com and express your desire to create a new chapter in your area.



BELIEFS OF THE SATANIC TEMPLE

DO YOU WORSHIP SATAN?
No, nor do we believe in the existence of Satan or the supernatural. The Satanic Temple believes that religion can, and should, be divorced from superstition. As such, we do not promote a belief in a personal Satan. To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions. Satanists should actively work to hone critical thinking and exercise reasonable agnosticism in all things. Our beliefs must be malleable to the best current scientific understandings of the material world — never the reverse.

DO YOU PROMOTE EVIL?
No. The Satanic Temple holds to the basic premise that undue suffering is bad, and that which reduces suffering is good. We do not believe in symbolic “evil.” We acknowledge blasphemy is a legitimate expression of personal independence from counter-productive traditional norms.

WHAT DOES SATAN MEAN TO TST?
Satan is a symbol of the Eternal Rebel in opposition to arbitrary authority, forever defending personal sovereignty even in the face of insurmountable odds. Satan is an icon for the unbowed will of the unsilenced inquirer – the heretic who questions sacred laws and rejects all tyrannical impositions. Our metaphoric representation is the literary Satan best exemplified by Milton and the Romantic Satanists from Blake to Shelley to Anatole France.

IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE SUPERNATURAL, HOW IS TST A RELIGION?
The idea that religion belongs to supernaturalists is ignorant, backward, and offensive. The metaphorical Satanic construct is no more arbitrary to us than are the deeply held beliefs that we actively advocate. Are we supposed to believe that those who pledge submission to an ethereal supernatural deity hold to their values more deeply than we? Are we supposed to concede that only the superstitious are rightful recipients of religious exemption and privilege? Satanism provides all that a religion should be without a compulsory attachment to untenable items of faith-based belief. It provides a narrative structure by which we contextualize our lives and works. It also provides a body of symbolism and religious practice — a sense of identity, culture, community, and shared values.

IS TST A MEDIA STUNT/HOAX/TROLLING, ETC.?
Some have conveniently concluded, upon observing The Satanic Temple’s media coverage, that attention is the primary objective of our activities. While media outreach has helped to raise awareness of the campaigns we have initiated, these campaigns have articulated goals related issues that are important to us and our membership.

So inured is the general public to the idea that there is only one monolithic voice of “the” religious agenda that any attempt at a counter-balance — or assertion of a minority voice — is often viewed as a targeted provocation against those who enjoy traditional religious privilege.

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?
We believe in reason, empathy, the pursuit of knowledge and our Seven Tenets:

  • 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.

DO YOU ADHERE TO THE SATANIC BIBLE OR HAVE ANY BOOKS THAT YOU RECOMMEND?

The Satanic Temple does not have any sacred book or scripture and we do not adhere to The Satanic Bible. We do have a suggested reading list that provides some illumination on the philosophical origins of our beliefs: https://thesatanictemple.com/pages/the-satanic-temple-library.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE RITUALS OF TST?
The Satanic Temple does not have any required rituals, but some members choose to participate in rituals that they find personally meaningful. There is no absolute “right” way to perform any of them. Typically, they are composed by members themselves, adhere to the TST tenets, and are tailored to meet their individual or local needs. Rituals never involve the promotion of suffering, do not involve animals, and are always consensual among all participants. Some of the rituals that have been held by TST members include:

  • Black Mass — a celebration of blasphemy, which can be an expression of personal liberty and freedom
  • Unbaptism — participants renounce superstitions that may have been imposed upon them without their consent as a child
  • Destruction ritual — participants destroy an object they own that symbolizes a source or pain in their lives
  • Defiance ritual — a pledge to challenge the status quo in a way that is personally meaningful

HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT FROM HUMANISTS?
A unifying attribute of all Satanists is our embrace of our outsider status. In addition, Satanists adhere to the principles of individual sovereignty and the rejection of tyrannical authority. These concerns are of paramount importance to us, but are not fundamental components of Humanism.

HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SATANIC ORGANIZATIONS?
Many Satanic organizations focus on pointless and misguided efforts to establish a monopoly on a vision of the one ‘true’ Satanism. This obsession with ownership has fomented an unfortunate culture in which Satanism’s most vitriolic critics are often self-identified Satanists.

The Satanic Temple is not interested in establishing itself as the sole arbiter of Satanic practice. Rather, we are open to working with other self-identified Satanic organizations to promote general recognition of Satanic legitimacy.

While many Satanic organizations seem to revel in superfluous hierarchies while isolating themselves in petty organizational autocracy, the Satanic Temple eschews rigid, centralized authority and focuses its efforts on effecting tangible constructive change. We believe in building a politically active Satanic movement and invite others to join us in these efforts.

 

HOW DOES TST’S SATANISM DIFFER FROM LAVEYAN SATANISM?
TST has its own guiding principles and tenets, distinct from the LaVeyan school, that we feel represents a natural evolution in Satanic thought. The overriding principle calls for utilizing the best scientific evidence available to make the most rational real-world decisions. To that end, we reject LaVeyan social Darwinist rhetoric that fails to agree with what is currently known regarding social evolution, specifically as it relates to research in evolutionary biology, game theory, reciprocal altruism, cognitive science, etc.

TST also strongly rejects the LaVeyan fetishization of authoritarianism. We believe this is antithetical to Satanic notions of individual sovereignty. Further, while LaVeyan Satanism is atheistic in that it rejects the notion that Satan is a conscious entity, it nevertheless adheres to supernaturalism. TST does not forward supernatural theories of the universe and finds little value in LaVeyan edicts such as those that instruct one to “acknowledge the power of magic if you have employed it successfully to obtain your desires. If you deny the power of magic after having called upon it with success, you will lose all you have obtained.” (From the Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth, Anton LaVey)

 

HOW CAN I ATTEND TST SERVICES?

Services are hosted regularly at TST headquarters in Salem, Massachusetts and will soon be posted online.

 

 

DONATIONS

I WANT TO DONATE

Contribute to The Satanic Temple:

Contributions can be made to The Satanic Temple via our website following this link: https://thesatanictemple.com/collections/contribute-to-the-satanic-temple-campaigns

For now, contributions are not tax-deductible.

 

Donate to Reason Alliance:

To make tax-deductible donations that support our mission, please donate to Reason Alliance Ltd. Reason Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit created to promote the tenets of TST. Donations are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS rules and regulations.

Donate here: https://www.reasonalliance.com/donate.html

 

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Please go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and add Reason Alliance as your preferred charity

iGive

Add iGive to your browser (www.igive.com). When you sign up, choose Reason Alliance, and it will donate a percentage wherever you shop online.

 

I WANT TO VOLUNTEER SERVICES

Please let us know what specific services you are offering and email us at info@thesatanictemple.com.

 

 

MEDIA AND EVENTS

 I AM A JOURNALIST OR OTHER MEMBER OF THE MEDIA, HOST A PODCAST, OR AM FILMMAKER, HOW CAN SET UP AN INTERVIEW OR HOW CAN I GET SOMEONE TO SPEAK AT AN EVENT?

Please email us at media@thesatanictemple.com

 

I AM DOING A STUDENT PROJECT AND HAVE QUESTIONS...
We are happy to assist. Please review our site and if you have specific questions that are not addressed, reach out and email us your questions. Please allow us sufficient time to draft a response.

 

ORDINATION

I would like to be ordained.

TST will be offering ordination to interested members, but we take this process very seriously and members wishing to be ordained must take a course that we are creating to ensure they are informed of TST principles and best practices in general. We will post a notice when this is available, but for now we are not ordaining anyone.

 

WEDDINGS

I WOULD LIKE TO GET MARRIED BY THE SATANIC TEMPLE.

Until we are ready to ordain members, weddings can only be hosted in Salem, Massachusetts at the TST headquarters. Please reach out to alex@salemartgallery.com to make arrangements.

 

TST STORE – SHOP SATAN

 I HAVE AN ISSUE WITH AN ORDER.

Please contact us at: shop@thesatanictemple.com.

 

I HAVE A SUGGESTION ABOUT ITEMS THAT SHOULD BE IN THE SHOP OR A QUESTION ABOUT SOMETHING THAT WAS ONCE IN THE SHOP.
Please contact us at: shop@thesatanictemple.com.

 

SOMEONE IS SELLING MERCHANDISE WITH YOUR NAME OR LOGO OR PRETENDING TO BE AFFILIATED WITH TST.

Please send us the link!

 

ACTIVISM
MY CITY IS CONSIDERING PASSING A LAW THAT VIOLATES THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF MEMBERS OF TST

Cities often consider laws that are problematic and possibly unconstitutional and quite often they do not get enacted or even voted on. Except in extraordinary situations, we do not get involved with legislation that is merely being considered.

 

I READ ABOUT A CITY SOMEWHERE THAT PASSED A LAW THAT VIOLATES THE CIVIL RIGHTS

Without a person in that city willing to work with us, it is often difficult for us to intervene.

 

MY CITY HAS PASSED A LAW OR ENGAGED IN AN ACTION THAT SHOULD BE OF INTEREST TO TST

Please provide details and let us know if you or someone you know is willing to go on record as a local resident. TST is often, but not always, a last resort and in many situations Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF.org) and Americans United for Separation of Church and State (www.au.org) are able to help. They have a team of lawyers on staff who deal with many related issues. Please keep in mind that The Satanic Temple does not have the resources to fight every instance of injustice and some instances of injustice, though worth fighting, do not fall within TST’s mission.

 

I HAVE AN ISSUE NOT ADDRESSED HERE
Please email us at info@thesatanictemple.com.


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