Who we are
The Satanic Temple is a non-theistic religious organization dedicated to Satanic practice and the promotion of Satanic rights. We understand the Satanic figure as a symbol of man’s inherent nature, representative of the eternal rebel, enlightened inquiry and personal freedom rather than a supernatural deity or being. It is our mission to facilitate communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists, and advocates for individual liberty. We actively provide outreach and participate in public affairs where the issues might benefit from rational, Satanic insights. Learn More.
SATANISM: A PHILOSOPHY OF ACTION
The First Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees the right of all citizens to communicate with their elected representatives.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
The Satanic Temple believes that Satanism is a philosophy of action. We encourage all to participate in the political process, taking conventional or unconventional means to engage with those in positions of power. While involvement with The Satanic Temple may offer opportunities for activism, you do not need to be a member to voice your interests within the public sphere, act collectively and hold public officials accountable. It is our duty to remain informed and active. We do not willfully submit to corruption, voiceless and on our knees. We stand strong as a nation of Satanists and will actively oppose injustice and advocate for a society free from the theocratic mandates of oppressors.
A GUIDE TO CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
I. BE INFORMED
“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. “ -Thomas Jefferson
- Read the news. Nationally respected outlets are often an excellent source of information regarding political information. Choose newspapers that have a global reputation to maintain, so they’ll likely have accurate, relatively unbiased information. If you’re concerned about bias in your news, subscribe to foreign publications and independent news outlets. Be weary of publications that claim to be “watchdogs” of progressive or conservative thought.
- Stay Balanced. To stay balanced, read articles covering both sides of an issue, and then check your facts. If you read blogs, make sure they have a reputation for checking their facts. For example: the SCOTUS blog is managed by a group of lawyers and provides very accurate, unbiased coverage of Supreme Court Cases.
- Follow the issues. Set up google alerts to receive instant updates regarding issues that matter most to you. Follow legislation and learn how to take action at OpenCongress. Download Congress a free app that allows you to quickly get the latest information from Washington.
- Know your representatives. Citizens are represented by elected officials at the town or city, county, state, and national level. Find who represents you and background on how your representative has voted on ballotpedia.
II. CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS
- Don’t underestimate the power of your own voice. Use online tools such as USA.gov to find contact information for your representatives. Send emails, make phone calls, leave messages, write letters, and visit their offices to ensure they’re kept accountable, and encourage your family and friends to do so, as well. Here’s a guide to writing letters to your representative.
III. ORGANIZE POLITICAL ACTION
A large group of people can do wonders to get the word out about key issues and start a public conversation. Reach out to area organizations that may be passionate or invested in your cause to gauge interest in participation. Organize a critical mass, sit-in, or march. Hold signs on a street corner, pass out informational fliers, or speak at a local town hall meeting. Remember to contact local journalists, who are often willing to cover protests and other public rallies. Here’s a guide to organizing your own action.