religious freedom

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Speak of the Devil presents Third Side Intelligence:The Religious Liberty Task Force Friday, August 24th / 7pm MST Live on YouTube Speak of the Devil presents Third Side Intelligence. This month Reverend Campbell is being joined by Darren Deicide and Witch Zaftig to discuss the United States’ new Religious Liberty Task Force that was announced by Attorney General Sessions on July 30, 2018. We will discuss its stated mandate, reach, implications, and scope. And why not reach a little deeper in the Attorney General’s past to try and understand his motivations with this announcement? Sign Up to the Email List Subscribe […]

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CHURCH OF SATAN CELEBRATES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY  The Church of Satan has openly offered an individualist, atheism-based, carnal alternative to the world’s spiritual doctrines for the past 51 years and we expect to be able to continue welcoming fellow iconoclasts for centuries to come. Many of our members find it relevant to embrace today’s American national holiday, for it stands as a challenge to any one belief system enforcing hegemony over others as well as the bigotry of “one true way” believers.  In the past and present, our adherents have been met with hostility because of their chosen philosophy, hence supporting […]

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Preserve American Secularism “..the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…” Treaty of Tripoli, 1797 It was disturbing, but not surprising, to learn that the Christian Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a speech to the conservative “think tank” Heritage Foundation essentially trying to insert Christianity and its values as “a truth,” fundamentally part of our nation. Then he proposed that religious beliefs can be used to subvert civil rights enacted to prevent discrimination in places of public accommodation:  “The Department’s Office of the Solicitor General filed an amicus brief in […]

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Hobby Lobby & ISIS Sitting in a Tree… Theists wanting to control what those around them may do is not a new thing, nor does any religion have an monopoly on that behavior. Openly call it Sharia or thinly veil it as Religious Freedom, the motivation and goal is the same—using whatever power you have at your disposal to force those around you to comply with your religion’s beliefs. One need look no further than at the bloody history of Christianity’s fractious denominations or at the replies we receive on Twitter to know that—if they thought they could get away with it—directing violence at people not […]

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CHURCH OF SATAN CELEBRATES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY We of the Church of Satan have been free to offer an individualist, atheism-based, carnal alternative to the world’s spiritual doctrines for the past 50 years and expect to be able to continue welcoming fellow iconoclasts for centuries to come. Many of our members thus find it relevant to embrace today’s national holiday. There have been many instances in the past where our members have been met with hostility because of their chosen philosophy, hence supporting and celebrating our rights as provided by the U.S. government is a worthy endeavor. Please visit our […]

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The administration of the Church of Satan is pleased to note that non-theistic religions such as ours are now covered in the newly revised International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 signed into law on December 16th. Non-belief is now legally recognized as being equal to theism and similarly protected. We commend this rational progress towards equity of treatment. —Magus Peter H. Gilmore

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Church of Satan celebrates Religious Freedom Day As we approach our upcoming 50th anniversary, many members of the Church of Satan find it relevant to embrace today’s national holiday. We’ve been free to offer an individualist, atheism-based, carnal alternative to the world’s spiritual doctrines for the past 50 years and expect to be able to continue welcoming fellow iconoclasts for centuries to come. Please visit our page to honor this day. You’ll find thought-provoking essays, video, music, and even merchandise and a contest! We invite you to share our joy in this American legacy of liberty! Our U.S. citizen readers may also find […]

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Governmental Evangelism? Presidential hopeful John Kasich, the governor of Ohio, rashly proposed creating a governmental agency to promote “Judeo-Christian” values as part of his projected approach to national security should he be elected. At his National Press Club speech, Kasich stated that he’d create “a new agency that has a clear mandate to promote the core, Judeo-Christian Western values that we and our friends and allies share: the values of human rights, the values of democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of association.“ Fortunately the constitutionality of such a nonsensical concept was swiftly raised even amidst the media frenzy […]

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A Salute to Veterans! Here in the U.S., today is Veterans Day, honoring those who served in our nation’s armed forces. We offer our gratitude and admiration to all who have served in the militia worldwide to sustain—as well as attain—the precious privilege of liberty. From the highest to lowest ranks, we offer you our thanks. Your gifts to us merit our abiding recognition for preserving the freedoms we all enjoy as we pursue our vital existence. —Magus Peter H. Gilmore

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HELL’S BELLS: Satanic Weddings

With the recent SCOTUS decision allowing legal same-sex marriage throughout the USA, certain religious groups have rushed to condemn this position. In contrast, the Church of Satan welcomes this landmark ruling. During our Year 50 Conclave (held this past Walpurgisnacht in Washington, DC) our Reverend Lee Crowell, who resides in Virginia, discussed his successful 2012 legal battle to be allowed to officiate at weddings, one part of his responsibilities as an ordained Priest in the Church of Satan. While ministers of many faiths typically are granted this privilege without question, Crowell—a successful attorney—had to contest the initial denial, even though […]

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Church of Satan helps debunk Devil Worship claims. A census for the small town of Bolster in Derbyshire, England, had 17 pranksters write on their forms that they worshipped the “anti-christ.” This is typically a comical way to rile the local faithful folks since being a secularist or atheist tends not to be that shocking, these days. While we’ve had many members throughout the UK for quite a number of years, they are productive, law-abiding citizens who are generally liked and even admired by their friends, family and associates. They typically keep their affiliation secret because of public misperceptions, but […]

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CFI: Secular Suggestions for Honoring this Day

The organization that promotes reason and science to those who govern the US has some splendid thoughts for how one can assist to maintain the principles delineated in the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom and the US Constitution.