No, that headline is not about gay people (although it could be). The full title on CBN is: ‘They Are Taking Over’: How Satanists Are Working to Stop Trump and His Evangelical Supporters.

They even have “ex-satanists.” (people who have learned how to craft an income from Christian conversions). As in: Ex-Satanist Radically Saved and Baptized. May I add “Hallelujah!!?” (I had the discipline not to add a gratuitous adjective between Halle and lujah.)

The folks at CBN report the facts correctly but they still don’t get it. The Satanic Temple is a legally effective satire. As CBN notes:

“We’re definitely a resistance movement,” spokesperson and co-founder Lucien Greaves said after a speech outside the University of Colorado Boulder. “We stand in stark opposition to this idea that we must unify under a single religious banner.”

In other words, the Temple does not oppose Christianity. It opposes Christian Supremacy and Christian Privilege. CBN‘s Emily Jones continues:

“The very reason we started the After School Satan Clubs was to offer an alternative to coercive religious proselytizing inflicted on children through evangelical after-school clubs, and we only offer our club in schools where the evangelical presence already exists,” Greaves said in an interview. “The schools have to understand, if they allow evangelical clubs, they can’t turn away the Satanists.”

Precisely! Jones continues:

Last month, The Satanic Temple, protested Arkansas’ approval of a Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds. The group said the Christian statute was a violation of the “First Amendment and religious plurality.”

They filed a lawsuit and erected their own 8-foot statue of the occult deity Baphomet on the same grounds.

It is all in an effort to rally against “Evangelical Nationalism” and the “Theocratic Right,” Greaves says.

They are legally and peacefully protesting Christian encroachment which pushes at the envelope of the Establishment Clause. Jones even (correctly) reports:

Ultimately, the group is about glorifying rebellion. In fact, they say they don’t even worship Satan or believe he is a personal being. Instead, they focus on rebelling against “tyrannical” authority, secularism, and theism.

The above is reasonably accurate. The group is about legal and peaceful protest. Without push-back we end up looking a bit more like Iran. Just yesterday I wrote about a federal judge promoting Christian Nation mythology.

In the final analysis the Satanists are not “taking over.” They are merely a reflection of Christian imposition.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.