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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Satan Worshipers Could Benefit from Hobby Lobby Ruling

It should have been obvious that the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling would be a double-edge sword.  As our mothers all used to ask us when we were little, what if everybody did that?

If employers can hide behind their religious beliefs and weasel their way out of paying for birth control coverage, then religious beliefs should exempt the Satanic Temple from certain abortion laws. The Satanic Temple describes itself as “facilitating the communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists, and advocates for individual liberty.”

The Satanic Temple is campaigning for religious exemption from certain anti-abortion laws.  From the linked article:

The group says they have deeply held beliefs about bodily autonomy and scientific accuracy, and those beliefs are violated by state-level 'informed consent' laws that rely on misleading information about abortion risks.

A spokesperson for the Satanic Temple said:

“Because of the respect the Court has given to religious beliefs, and the fact that our beliefs are based on best available knowledge, we expect that our belief in the illegitimacy of state­ mandated ‘informational’ material is enough to exempt us, and those who hold our beliefs, from having to receive them.”

Them refers to the thirty-five states that have “informed consent laws whereby anyone seeking an abortion must first listen to a series of bullshit lectures based on 12th-century prejudices and flat-out lies.  (No, having an abortion will not make your parents hate you,  cause you to get cancer, become infertile or turn you into a pillar of salt.)

The Satanic Temple combines satire, performance art and activism, and their mission is “to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will.” 

The Satanic Temple has held demonstrations in favor of Florida Governor Rick Scott's decision to allow prayer in public schools, since of course this would allow children to pray to God or Satan or anyone else they worship.  They also commissioned a 7-foot-tall Satanic statue that was right next a monument to the Ten Commandments.

They're also conducting a Right to Accurate Medical Information campaign, which includes a sample letter that women can present to their doctors.

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Blogger Life As I Know It Now said...

Ha Ha!!! It makes sense to me and their aims seem much more spiritual than these so called conservative christians: encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice

July 30, 2014 at 5:08 AM  
Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

None of this stuff bothers me too much for I don't believe that private corporations should be forced to provide public health benefits in the first place.

July 30, 2014 at 6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate the Satanists showing everybody what a legal Pandora's Box has been opened by the Hobby Lobby decision.

July 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Life: I agree, the Satanic Temple seems a lot more spiritual and genuine than these sanctimonious hateful "Christians."

Mr. C: I hope this present convoluted system is just a stepping stone to single payer.

Anonymous: And I hope a lot more stuff flies out of Pandora's Box now that it's been opened.

July 30, 2014 at 8:22 PM  

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