Putting the Cart of Policing Representations before the Horse of Figuring Out What You’re Representing In the First Place

Now that The Satanic Temple (TST) is openly contemplating suing Netflix over their use of TST’s Baphomet statue in their new show The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the fraught issue of public (mis)representation of Satanists and Satanism finds itself yet again front and center. In this piece, I argue that the frequent misunderstandings of Satanism [...]

Speech, Sex, and Imposition

The purpose of this post is to chart some specifically Satanic religious ground in the debate over free speech within liberal democracies. I argue for a position on communication as imposition and maintain that the frequent calls from free speech advocates for meeting hate speech with simply more speech from its intended victims in the [...]

Will the Real Satanic Temple Please Stand Up?

An internal rift within The Satanic Temple (TST) has spread into popular publications and external social media, highlighting an important set of struggles within the organization: between the original founders & friends and some of the wider national and international community that have come to embrace the group, between crusaders for principle and more pragmatically [...]

Seeking Superiority Over Others Doesn’t Make You Exceptional; It Makes You Common

It sure is awkward when a conservative, right-wing Christian Dominionist ends up echoing the Church of Satan's and modern Luciferian arguments against the very concept of equality. In this case, the Devil and the Church seem best friends because they're both advancing the same line of argumentation: we're special; others are not; therefore, equality is [...]