Satanic Temple Victory Could Mean Big Things For The Separation Of Church And State

Feb 17, 2015

Credit: The Satanic Temple

By Ian Millhiser

The Satanic Temple has found a way to hack conservative Supreme Court decisions that are increasingly skeptical of the wall of separation between church and state — coloring books for children.

To explain, a public school district in Orange County, Florida permitted a Christian group to distribute Bibles to the district’s students. In response, the Satanic Temple showed up with material they wanted to distribute as well, a coloring book entitled the The Satanic Children’s BIG BOOK of Activities. The Satanists also had a powerful legal argument on their side, as the Supreme Court held in Lamb’s Chapel v. Center Moriches Union Free School District — a case holding than an evangelical church must be given equal access to school facilities — that “the First Amendment forbids the government to regulate speech in ways that favor some viewpoints or ideas at the expense of others.”

The school district, in other words, could allow Christians and Satanists alike to distribute literature to students. Or it could exclude both. But it cannot discriminate against the Satanists because it disagrees with the Satanic viewpoint. At a school board meeting Tuesday night, the board decided to go with a version of option B. Under their new policy, some literature may still be distributed, “but nothing that is religious, political or sectarian,” according to the Orlando Sentinel.

(Under Lamb’s Chapel it is likely that the district will ultimately have to cut back this policy even further if it wants to keep the Satanic coloring books off campus, as that decision struck down a policy which provided that school premises “shall not be used by any group for religious purposes,” but which allowed those premises to be used for secular purposes.)


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14 comments on “Satanic Temple Victory Could Mean Big Things For The Separation Of Church And State

  • What about nutty groups — e.g. that advocated animal torture, destruction of the environment, criminal activities like house burning? Do they really have to be given equal access?

    It sounds like all you need to do to shut down Christians is to come up with something that would horrify them, let’s see, same sex pig pedophilia



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  • I don’t they think it means what you think. This is not Jack Chick’s Satanism, at least I hope not.

    I’m sure they will be pushing the boundaries, as much as Christians will.



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  • Jack Chick’s Satanism was no different (perhaps less cruel though) than Chick’s Christianity, which is no different than what some of these religious groups try to peddle in the schools.



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  • not too keen on teaming up with or being associated with satanists…. they are just as delusional as theists. strange bed fellows indeed.



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  • that “the First Amendment forbids the government to regulate speech in ways that favor some viewpoints or ideas at the expense of others.”

    oh come now. The schools cannot teach that whole grains are better than a diet of Coca Cola? Surely they mean speculation/religion. Surely people claiming meth is good for you would not get a platform in schools.



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  • Folks, this has nothing to do with satanism, or ‘siding with satanists’ and everything to do with maintaining the separation of church and state. It could have been the Quran, the Bhagavad Gita, the Torah, or any other book and the result would be the same – I say well done! Keep all the dangerous filth out of our schools.



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  • Howie Feb 18, 2015 at 10:41 am

    not too keen on teaming up with or being associated with satanists…. they are just as delusional as theists. strange bed fellows indeed.

    Is this not just a case of a silly law being seen to be an ass, and to be heard braying!



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  • This is hilarious . . . . payback is hell. The khristians have no idea how closed-minded they are . . . . but they suddenly seem to have a change of heart when they see they cannot get away with peddling their bullshit without giving equal time to Satan . . . some people will say Satan is no more real than Dog, and that is true, but the whole symbolic make-up of Satan as an opponent to Dog is completely valid and usable against the kristian clowns . . . .



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  • Under their new policy, some literature may still be distributed, “but nothing that is religious, political or sectarian,”

    Lacking the legal knowledge to argue the case in court, isn’t the “revised” policy consistent with the establishment clause of the first amendment? The initial permission of the school district that authorized a Christian group to distribute Bibles to district students also tacitly endorsed and promoted the establishment of that group’s religion, evangelized through their sacred scripture.

    I presume the Christian group was distributing the Bibles on school property under endorsement of state authority. Clearly illegal. If the group wants to give away free Bibles to students, they can do so easily by handing them out in proximity to the school on public sidewalks. No clever charade of competition with Satanic Temple coloring books needed.



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  • What about nutty groups? Like the one whose bible says its ok to throw babies against rocks but eating a pork chop will score you eternal damnation? Or the one with the talking snake, zombie Jesus, and the deity who commits mass genocide (See Noah’s Ark) and demands your worship and unconditional devotion in the absence of evidence of its existence? That nutty group? Christianity is horrifying enough. No need to come up with other horrifying things. Read the bible. The god of the bible murdered more innocents than did Satan.



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  • I don’t see it being the same. Taking meth is bad for you. we know that. Pretending to talk with a little man in the sky who listens and controls everything in the universe like the pop claims, is delusional to say the least. Yo can’t argue that 2+2isn’t 4. Teaching kids, rather putting fear into kids so that they they believe in the lies that have been perpetuated during centuries is what this is about. Making them believe that if they pray to the god that has been impressed on them there dog won’t die, or if they kill someone who doesn’t share their false beliefs and kill themselves in the process they will have 70 virgins to have sex with. That’s what this is about.



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    jim.price.wa says:

    The Satanic Temple is not a religious or occult organization. They use the name just to antagonize Christians (and point out their hypocrisy).



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