An association that claims to be Satanic has initiated legal proceedings against the Boston City Council on the grounds of being systematically prevented from performing its satanic prayer before meetings, when Christians are allowed to do so.
This is a story that only come up in the United States, a land of all possibilities. The Satanic Temple organization was founded in 2013. This movement, which claims to be “non-theistic,” refers to Satan, not as a deity, but as a political and libertarian symbol.
From a very distant Nietzschean inspiration, the assumed objective of the Satanic Temple is to combat the influence of conservative Christian currents in American society. At Christmas time, it is not uncommon to see what they call Snaketivity—literally, “scenes from the Serpent”— in the streets to parody the traditional nativity scenes.
Since the end of January 2021, tensions have been rising between the Boston City Council and the local branch of the Satanic Temple, based in Salem, Massachusetts.
According to the demonic organization, the city council’s policy is discriminatory and even contrary to the U.S. Constitution. It is actually a tradition (in a country founded on religious freedom) for each city councilor to call on an outside guest of his choice to pronounce the preparatory opening prayer for certain meetings during the year.
However, it seems that the Boston City Council has refused this privilege three times to the Satanic Temple.
For his part, Lucien Greaves, one of the co-founders of the organization, defended himself in the Boston Herald on January 26, 2021: “This should not be contextualized as satanists against Christians,” he explained, insisting that, “what we’re asking for is exactly what religious liberty is and what it looks like.” The case is now before the courts.
Since 2015, the Satanic Temple has been recognized as a religion in the United States, which is not surprising given the atheistic nature of the organization.
As for the satanists, they justify their action by the pursuit of their seven fundamental principles, namely: compassion and empathy, the struggle for justice, the inviolability of the body, freedoms, the non-distortion of scientific facts, redress for mistakes and wrongs committed, the prevalence of compassion, wisdom, and justice.
Decidedly, St. Augustine was right to say that “the Devil is the ape of God.”