Still looking for that perfect gift? Or looking to donate to an organization in line with your most cherished beliefs? This holiday season, consider donating to The Satanic Temple, or buying a membership card for yourself or for loved ones.
Contributions to The Satanic Temple support its ongoing efforts to protect the rights of women to make informed decisions about their health; to protect children both from abuse and from proselytization in public schools; to fight (in still more ways) for the separation of church and state; and much, much more.
As stated on the Satanic Temple’s “About Us” page, TST’s mission is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will. Politically aware, Civic-minded Satanists and allies in The Satanic Temple have publicly opposed The Westboro Baptist Church, advocated on behalf of children in public school to abolish corporal punishment, applied for equal representation where religious monuments are placed on public property, provided religious exemption and legal protection against laws that unscientifically restrict women’s reproductive autonomy, exposed fraudulent harmful pseudo-scientific practitioners and claims in mental health care, and applied to hold clubs along side other religious after school clubs in schools besieged by proselytizing organizations.
The TST does not promote a belief in a personal Satan but embraces the terminology to connote “rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions.” The TST believes that Satanists “should actively work to hone critical thinking and exercise reasonable agnosticism in all things,” and holds “our beliefs must be malleable to the best current scientific understandings of the material world — never the reverse.”
To highlight just one of TST’s many campaigns, the After-School Satan program, initiated this year, leverages laws that allow for in-school proselytizing, and is already a smashing success, with programs popping up in public elementary schools all across the nation.
As the website for After School Satan explains:
While the presence of a religious organization in public schools will no doubt be shocking to some, evangelical litigants — primarily the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) represented by lawyers from the Liberty Counsel — have solidly established the legal rights of religious organizations to operate clubs in public schools.
According to the CEF website, “[…] the United States Supreme Court ruled that a public school which allows use of its facilities to secular groups may not discriminate against religious groups.” And now that the CEF has established its Bible-based Good News Clubs across the nation, TST are eager to offer their own after school clubs, which will focus upon “critical reasoning, independent-thinking, fun, and freethought.”
One of the best reasons to support TST? They get results. And press. Lots of it. Watch the Temple episode from Lisa Ling. Read more about The Satanic Temple at Atlantic Monthly, Broadly, CNN, The Daily Beast, The Guardian, Jezebel, The New York Times, Salon, Slate, Time, Vice, Washington Post, and elsewhere.