TST APPEALS TO THE SUPREME COURT
The Satanic Temple (TST) has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in
response to the Eighth Circuit’s dismissal of TST’s claim against
medically unnecessary and restrictive abortion laws in Missouri. The
petition asks the Supreme Court to make a definitive and thoughtful
ruling on religious exemptions from restrictions to abortion access
-- something that the Missouri courts have continuously failed to do.
The case started when Judy Doe was seeking an abortion and was forced
to accept literature that asserted the arbitrary position that life
begins at conception. Missouri also demands she endure a three-day
waiting period that was designed to instill guilt and shame for her
In our original suit, we argued that the mandated imposition of
religious materials violates our religious beliefs of science and
bodily autonomy, which creates an unconstitutional undue burden on
Doe’s religious practices. However, The Eight Circuit Court refused
to consider TST’s arguments that Missouri’s informed consent laws
violate the “undue burden” standard established in Planned Parenthood
v. Casey and refuse to rule on whether the government violated Doe’s
right to the free exercise of religion. Although the Court openly
acknowledged that those issues were raised, the Court said that those
were not explicitly alleged in the initial complaint. No legal
precedent exists to support their evasion and the history of
jurisprudence demonstrates that decisions are made based on the
merits of the case.
A Call To Action
The Satanic Temple is appealing because the legal system has
explicitly displayed that rulings have not been made in accordance
with the law but based on the personal biases of Justices. If the
Supreme Court refuses to hear our complaint, this would be a dark day
for America and a huge blow to jurisprudence. The U.S. government was
founded on the principles of assuring that marginalized and unpopular
groups would receive the same rights and liberties as those in the
majority. The TST rulings in Missouri and elsewhere, so far, have
revealed precisely the opposite. The Supreme Court might not rule in
our favor, but they have an obligation to right a wrong and at least
hear our case and rule on its merits. For these reasons, we have no
choice but to appeal and hope the Supreme Court rectifies this
TST has sued the Lamar Billboard Company over allegations of
religious discrimination and breach of contract after Lamar refused
to post our designs in Arkansas and Indiana that announce our
religious abortion ritual <http://www.bit.ly/TST-Abortions>
intended to place these billboards near fake abortion clinics, also
known as crisis pregnancy centers, which purport to offer
pregnancy-related services but instead attempt to deter patrons from terminating their pregnancy, often using tactics that involve
deception and intimidation.
We informed Lamar that the billboard designs would be
pro-reproductive rights and align with our religious beliefs, and we
were assured by Lamar that this would not be a problem. However,
after we submitted our billboard artwork, Lamar rejected all four
designs and claimed they are “misleading and offensive.” We expressed
a willingness to update our designs. However, Lamar refused to
specify any component that they believe is problematic, so it was not
possible to offer alternatives. Because Lamar controls the market in
the areas where we planned to post signs, we could not approach
Lamar arbitrarily homogenized the moral identities of entire cities.
As such, they readily dismiss Satanists living in these Indiana and
Arkansas towns as full and deserving members of their communities.
Because Lamar fails to provide tangible reasons as to why they
considered “all of the content” provocative, we can only assume that
they disagree with our religious expression. As our Sixth Tenet
affirms, people are fallible. We are providing Lamar the opportunity
to learn from their mistake and resolve the harm they caused by
ultimately permitting the display of our billboards.
Informed Consent Database for Abortion Regulations
Following the announcement that TST’s religious abortion ritual
exempts Satanists from undergoing certain informed consent procedures
prior to their abortion, TST has released a comprehensive directory
that addresses each state’s abortion restrictions regarding the
informed consent process.
Whereas other resources provide overviews of these regulations in
easy-to-view grids or brief lists, only our directory contains an
exhaustive explanation of these abortion statutes that illuminate the subtleties between state laws. Available research does not remotely
cover informed consent statutes to the degree required to protect our members’ religious reproductive rights. We have created this
extensive guide for our members to utilize if they decide to
terminate their pregnancy, and we invite everyone to read our guide
and discover the insultingly nonsensical statutes that states are
willing to pass that reflect the prejudices of their legislators. <https://thesatanictemple.com/pages/informed-consent>
Salem Art Gallery/TST Salem will be open by appointment-only this
Visitors will be given guided tours to provide a unique experience of
the gallery. The guided tour will last 30 minutes. Visitors will have
an additional 30 minutes to explore the gallery freely and view our
gift shop. Availability will be extremely limited by allowing only
four visitors per each time slot.
What is New?
Salem Art Gallery has acquired five paintings from artist Zach Brown.
Now added to the permanent collection, his Lace Figures form an imposingly-shrouded coven, which surrounds The Satanic Temple's famed
Baphomet Statue. Our contemplation room, Virgil's Study, features a
sitting area boasting works from artists we've exhibited, such as
Courtney Brooke and Dylan Garret Smith, as well as
appropriately-themed block prints by Surrealist maestro, Salvador
Dalí. Among the collection of The Satanic Temple, a newly constructed "misfortune-telling" machine in Baphomet visage is available for the
amusement of our guests.
Protocols of Safety
We are taking this pandemic and public health risk associated with
in-person gatherings very seriously. As such, we follow all state
regulations and have developed protocols that ensure, as best we can,
the safety of our staff and visitors. These items are non-negotiable,
and failure to comply will result in your appointment being canceled,
and your admittance will be refused. We ask that you please assist us
in keeping everyone safe so we can keep our doors open.
Requirements for Entry:
– Mandatory temperature checks at the door
– Masks required at all times
– Maintain a 6-foot distance between you and others <https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/salemartgallery/items/182776/>
Please plan your visit accordingly as we will not be making
allowances should your group total more than four people. <https://thesatanictemple.com/>
The Tenets' purpose is not just to present guiding moral principles
as part of The Satanic Temple’s ethical philosophy. In a broader
sense, TST aims to provide a path towards transcendence.
Transcendence, from a Left-Hand Path perspective, does not involve
the supernatural. It is a moment when the sense of oneself as the
author of one's subjective universe is realized, and one’s
consciousness is no longer differentiated from exogenous experiences.
Ideals such as “truth,” “love,” and “justice” can all be appreciated
through this lens. For example, when can a person who has been
wronged affirm that justice has been attained? The answer is when the
person who has caused harm fully appreciates the magnitude of the
harm they have brought into their world. At that moment, they will
directly experience the harm they caused. Love can also be viewed as
a transcendent state. Outside of religion, transcendence was viewed
by Abraham Mazlow as being at the pinnacle of the hierarchy of needs.
For TST, it is useful to be mindful of this aspiration as it relates
to thoughts and actions.
There are a lot of things that don't bother me But with some of
those things- Maybe many of those things- I feel like they should
It bothers me that they don't bother me
It bothers me that i don't want to do anything about them And I feel
that i should do something about some of those things But I almost
certainly won't do anything about any of those things if they don't
So somehow I should find a way To allow those things that don't
bother me To bother me Or to make those things that don't bother me
Bother me But oftentimes I think I can't be bothered.
John S. Hall is a poet/spoken word artist, musician (if ukulele
counts), and singer-songwriter. He has released numerous recordings,
including nine albums with various incarnations of his band King
Missile. He is the author of a collection of poetry (Jesus Was Way
Cool) and a self-help parody (Daily Negations), both on Soft Skull
Press, and over 100 unpublished children’s stories. His most recent
releases may be found athere <https://dromedaryrecords.bandcamp.com/album/garden-variety-fuckers>
Taco Shells of your choice
½ pound of cremini mushrooms
½ pound of Shiitake mushrooms
¼ cup button mushrooms
½ cup of mascarpone (or Vegan)
1 tablespoon miso paste
1 cup of soaked smoking wood chips
2 cups arugula
1 teaspoon olive oil
½ cup of crumbled cotija cheese (or crumbled extra firm tofu)
Salt, urfa pepper, cilantro to garnish
Before cooking, put on Type O Negative’s cover of Black Sabbath/Black
Sabbath followed by Black Sabbath's song Black Sabbath.
First things first: Clean your ‘shrooms. Trim the tips off the stems
on your Shiitakes and Criminis. Slice your Shiitakes and quarter your
Creminis with their stems on.
Season them with some salt, pepper, and olive oil to taste. Cook them
in a hot oven at 375 degrees F for about 10-12 minutes tops until
they are deliciously golden brown.
Take your onion and give it a rough chop. In a pan with no oil, heat
that thing up. Turn the heat off and pour one cup of water into the
pan carefully. Turn the heat back on and simmer until the water
evaporates and the onions are soft. If you need to add a dash more of
water, go ahead. If you happen to have caramelized onions lying
around, use these instead.
Take your onions, your button mushrooms, and your mushroom stem
scrap, put them in an uncovered 2” deep baking pan, cover the
ingredients with a dash of hot water, and put it into a smoking
device. The easiest way to do this is to heat your oven to 450
degrees F, put your mushroom mix in there for about five minutes, and
then put it into the smoker. You can purchase a tabletop smoker
online or make one the old fashioned way using an 8” deep half hotel
pan and a 4” deep half perforated hotel pan and cover.
Remember what you put into your body or how to do this is your
Smoke for about 20 minutes on low heat. At this point, the heat
should have cooked your mushroom stems thoroughly in the liquid.
Take the mushrooms & onions out carefully. Place it into a blender
and cover with the remaining liquid. Blend on high with your
mascarpone and add your miso paste. Don’t go too heavy on the salt
because miso is extremely salty.
Make sure there are no chunks, and put your hot delicious concoction
into a pan to keep it warm.
Grab your taco shells, sear a couple, and layer them on a cutting
You’re going to want to dice up a bunch of cilantro. I would do this
ahead of time.
Crumble your Cotija cheese!
If you are making Vegan Cotija cheese, take some firm tofu and place
it in a large-bladed blender. Pulse the tofu until it is in chunks.
Doing it in a liquid blender will turn it to mush. Toss it in a
little salt and a couple of dashes of apple cider vinegar and let it
sit for a little while to absorb the flavors.
Take your lime and cut it in quarters.
In a large mixing bowl, put your arugula in there and hot mushrooms,
add a wedge of lime juice, a dash of olive oil and some salt, and
Place your secret sauce on the bottom.
Put your ‘shroom/arugula mix on top.
Garnish with your Cotija
Hail Satan and Enjoy.
October 2020 - The Satanic Chef
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