My friends at The Temple seem very suspicious of a Trump Presidency!
Now We Must Stand
While The Satanic Temple is accepting of a wide range of political views, it would be disingenuous and unwise for us to claim no interest in matters related to the establishment of religion and the efforts of theocratically-inclined politicians who threaten our own Free Exercise -- our freedom of, and freedom from, religion. Last night's election results were jarring to many as, in an enormous upset, Donald Trump -- now deeply pledged to the Evangelical Right -- won the Oval Office. Trump has stated a motivation to overturn Roe v Wade and has promised to "protect Christians" who are imagined to be losing power in the United States. We've learned time and again that the Evangelical Right believes that an inability to impose their religion and discriminate against "others" is the basis for this perceived dwindling power. Trump's Vice President, Mike Pence, is a disturbed, superstitious, gynophobic theocratic who would be better suited to a public park milk crate-podium ministry than management of a world power.
This is disturbing.
However, now is not the time for us to hide in fear or lower our voices. To the contrary, now is the time to stand forth and make our presence known. Help us to let the theocrats know that we will fight them every step of the way, and it's not going to be an easy battle. In the coming months we will build a new interactive platform where membership can view events and lectures concerning pressing issues and campaigns -- as presented from our Salem Headquarters and other chapters -- online. Let people know that you support The Satanic Temple, the separation of Church and State, and personal autonomy. We will assemble a list of action items open to volunteer engagement, and we're growing our chapter structure so that you might be able to participate locally with other members around you.
Just today it was announced that another After School Satan Club is opening in Washington to counter the Evangelical Good News Club. We continue to fight Reproductive Rights battles to ensure safe access to timely abortions. We are pursuing legal action in Arizona where the Scottsdale Council saw fit to engage in religious discrimination against us. Oklahoma voted no last night on a state question that was meant to allow for the replacement of a 10 Commandments monument on Capitol Grounds that our efforts helped to previously remove. We are fighting a similar battle against the establishment of religion by the state in Arkansas. Our efforts are making a difference, and with proper legal support, we will continue to win precedent-setting battles nationwide. (Legal fees are prohibitive, so if you have a donation to make, know potential funders, or want to check out some of our merchandise at ShopSatan.com -- the sales proceeds of which help fund our campaigns as well -- your contribution is deeply appreciated.)
We have a long battle ahead, and here is where we will leave our enduring mark on History. Four years from now, nobody will mistake us for irritating "trolls", but recognize us as a cultural force that cannot be ignored. We are the front line, and let's make our legacy one of which to be proud.
It's our honor to have you with us.
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