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Friday, September 03, 2021

The Satanic Temple has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Houston Division alleging that certain state-mandated abortion restrictions violate TST members' religious beliefs.


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On behalf of TST member "Ann Doe," TST is suing the state of Texas for imposing medically unnecessary abortion regulations including a sonogram, a forced decision to reject the 'opportunity' of seeing the sonogram results, the forced listening to a narrative of the sonogram results, and a mandatory waiting period between the sonogram and the abortion.

Doe performed TST's abortion ritual, a ceremonial affirmation of self-worth and bodily autonomy that integrates the abortive process. Prior to filing the lawsuit, TST's attorney sent a letter to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which demanded an exemption from the abortion restrictions on behalf of Ann Doe. TST's attorney explained:

"The abortion ritual (1) requires an abortion; and (2) affirms her religious subscription to TST's Third and Fifth Tenets. But before Ms. Doe can get her abortion"and therefore participate in the abortion ritual"the government has required that she get a sonogram ... [ These ] requirements substantially interfere with Ms. Doe's religious beliefs and practices for two reasons. First, the requirements are a precondition to Ms. Doe's ability to participate in a religious ceremony. It is a substantial interference per se for the state to place a regulatory hurdle"one that costs money"in front of a religious exercise. The state might as well tax and regulate Mass."

TST spokesperson Lucien Greaves says, "I am sure Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who famously spends a good deal of his time composing press releases about Religious Liberty issues in other states, will be proud to see that Texas's robust Religious Liberty laws, which he so vociferously champions, will prevent future Abortion Rituals from being interrupted by superfluous government restrictions meant only to shame and harass those seeking an abortion."


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#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-09-03 08:07 AM | Reply

"Blessed are the destroyers of false hope, for they are the true Messiahs - Cursed are the god-adorers, for they shall be shorn sheep!"
Anton Szandor LaVey, The Satanic Bible

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-09-03 08:24 AM | Reply

These guys don't actually "worship the devil" and aren't LaVey's Church of Satan. They just use the same tools the religions use against everyone they disagree with against those same religions.

The Satanic Temple is a nontheistic religious group based in the United States,[1][2][3][4] with additional chapters in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.[5] The group uses Satanic imagery to promote egalitarianism, social justice, and the separation of church and state, supporting their mission "to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people". The group was co-founded by Lucien Greaves, the organization's spokesperson, and Malcolm Jarry.[6][7] The Satanic Temple has utilized satire, theatrical ploys, humor, and legal action in their public campaigns to "generate attention and prompt people to reevaluate fears and perceptions", and to "highlight religious hypocrisy and encroachment on religious freedom".[6][8][9][10]

The organization's participation in public affairs includes political actions as well as lobbying efforts,[11][12] with a focus on exposing Christian privilege when it interferes with personal religious freedom. It considers marriage a religious sacrament that should be governed under the First Amendment's protection of religious liberty which should prevail over state laws.[13] Because the group regards inviolability of the body as a key doctrine, it also views all restrictions on abortion, including mandatory waiting periods, as an infringement on the rights of Satanists to practice their religion.[14] The Satanic Temple does not believe in a supernatural Satan; instead it employs the literary Satan as a metaphor to promote pragmatic skepticism, rational reciprocity, personal autonomy, and curiosity.[7] Satan is thus used as a symbol representing "the eternal rebel" against arbitrary authority and social norms.[15][16]


#3 | Posted by qcp at 2021-09-03 09:58 AM | Reply

#3 So get pregnant just to abort. That was so funny it was unreal.

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-09-03 01:26 PM | Reply

#4 There is nothing to suggest she got pregnant just to abort. Just that they have a religious rite relating to abortion.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-03 01:34 PM | Reply

We demand freedom of religion for all!
Abortion is a sacred ritual.
No, not like that.

#6 | Posted by bored at 2021-09-03 01:38 PM | Reply

#4 That's like saying Christians get pregnant just to baptize.

#7 | Posted by qcp at 2021-09-03 01:51 PM | Reply

I do not know what is more stupid, religion or the Texas abortion law.

I do not think it is unreasonable to say that adding the two equals more stupidity than the sum.

#8 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-05 08:46 AM | Reply

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