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"A religion doesn't have to assert the existence of anything supernatural to be a religion.", and was attracted to the group's unapologetic prochoice stance.
"There are many groups that support reproductive freedom," she notes, "but the Satanic Temple is one of the few that will boldly state that forced motherhood is wrong." For Murdock, being involved in the Satanic Temple is a way to be active in U. politics "in provocative and intelligent ways while also having a little fun." She believes that all members of the Resistance can learn something from the tenet of the Satanic Temple which stresses that science should inform our beliefs (rather than the other way around): "I love that this tenet basically tells you that as an active member of the Satanic Temple, it is your duty to educate yourself to the best of your ability, and not necessarily on things you want to know about," says Murdock.
"I read up on TST and really liked what it was about and felt like the tenets reflected my values very well," says Story, "so I joined the national organization as soon as I could."For many members of TST, beliefs aren't the only appealing thing about Satanism — there's also the way it connects them to a community.
"I think the idea of a non-theistic religion is really attractive to a lot of people, particularly people who want to spend time with a community based around shared practices and values but who maybe don't hold the kind of supernatural beliefs that would be necessary for deep involvement in more traditional religions," Story notes.
Let's just clear this up right away: Satanists don't worship Satan — in fact, they don't worship anything.
Though horror movies have done a great job convincing most people that Satanists perform spooky occult rituals in black robes, in reality, Satanism is an atheist belief system, which engages with Satan not as a genuine demonic being or evil presence, but as an icon of rebellion.
"There is no religion that is more in favor of gender equality and liberty than TST," Seraphina tells Bustle.
"Satanism taught me to take an active role in my future..empowered me to say 'no' and put myself first, rather than relying on the redemption of another and how 'good' and subservient I was in other's eyes," Blattodea tells Bustle.
According to the Satanic Temple's website, they "embrace blasphemy as a legitimate expression of personal independence from counter-productive traditional norms." As Seraphina, 34, a member of New York City's Satanic Temple chapter tells Bustle, "Satan is a symbol of intellectual freedom and rebellion against tyranny."Members of the Satanic Temple also don't cast spells or try to promote evil in any capacity; rather, the group believes "undue suffering is bad, and that which reduces suffering is good" — which is why they've become such a major activist presence in the short time since the Temple was founded in 2012.