The Detroit Satanic Temple is opening today. See "Detroit Satanists say they won't sacrifice animals, people." The Satanic Temple today marks the launch of its first chapter outside New York.
Note these things:
- It's not what you think it is. Understand it before you evaluate it.
- It is anti-Christ in some of its teachings. For example, by their website, this is atheism.
- Some of its teachings are mundane humanistic teachings (like the supremacy of "science").
From their website, here is their stated mission:
- The name "Satanic Temple" connotes hatred, not benevolence. The name works against benevolent activity.
- By their admission (see the video) the term "Satanic" is, for them, a metaphor. I think they need some work on the power of metaphor (like this, e.g.). It's difficult to see any coherent metaphorical meaning in the words "rational, Satanic insights." This will be overwhelmingly interpreted as an irrational mixing of metaphors, even by most intellectual atheists I know.
- The confusing "Baphomet" statue/symbol will be confusing and disunifying at multiple levels. For example, I cannot imagine the philosophy professors I had who were atheists and humanists wearing upside-down crosses, "Hail Satan" t-shirts (yes, they are selling them), and erecting Baphomet statues on their front lawns. Sociologically the Satanic temple looks like an atheistic cult existing on the far margins of atheism.
Jesus-followers will pray for them, right?