In further efforts to increase public understanding and acceptance of Satanism, the Satanic Temple plans to enter the adopt-a-highway program in New York City where they will maintain voluntary beautification of a stretch of public highway for at least 2 years by way of litter cleanup and landscaping.
The adoption and 2 year clean-up effort will cost an estimated $10,000 for which the Satanic Temple is accepting donations through the popular crowd-source funding site, indiegogo.com.
Once approved, the New York Department of Transportation will erect a blue-and-white sign acknowledging The Satanic Temple as the adopters of the designated piece of highway, helping promote a message of Satanic civic pride and social responsibility.
According to The Satanic Temple, the organization hopes to convey “support, camaraderie, and compassion,” for which they are “dedicated to keeping our public spaces clean, safe, and enjoyable for all people.”
“Community, compassion, justice, and civic responsibility — these are worthwhile values wherever they are practiced, regardless of whomever they are practiced by, and whatever arbitrary political or religious label may be attached to them. We call on all people to support the Satanic Temple in this effort to engage their community in a positive, productive manner,” the Satanic Temple website states. (more…)
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This past April 11th, members of The Satanic Temple, along with long-time public Satanist and entertainer, Szandora LaVey, delivered lectures at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. The response has been overwhelming positive.
TST spokesperson, Lucien Greaves, began his lecture, A History of Satanism from the Old Testament to The Satanic Temple:
There is an unfortunate fantasy that has stained our civilization’s history — the delusion of a hidden society that has pledged itself to the service of Satan and, in doing so, opposes all that is held dear in Christian society. (more…)
The Cultural Studies Club at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education to host lecture on The
History of Satanic Worship
Thursday, April 11 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, the Cultural Studies Club at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE) will host members of the Satanic Temple and Satanic model/performer Szandora LaVey as they present a lecture on the world’s most maligned religion.
The Cultural Studies Club of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education will be hosting ‘A History of Satanic Worship’ to be presented April 11, 2013, by academics and practicing Satanists. (more…)
Ultimately a meditation on the corruption of power, Anatole France’s Revolt of the Angels (1914) utilizes the theological metaphor of Satan as a force favoring free inquiry, the War in Heaven a metaphysical battle against universal tyranny.
Arcade, an angel who has strayed from Heaven to study Philosophy and History on Earth seeks to re-assemble Lucifer’s legion to overthrow the detached and intolerant God of Heaven. Finally, Satan, after contemplating His probable victory concludes:
“No, let us not conquer the heavens. It is enough to have the power to do so. War engenders war, and victory defeat. God, conquered, will become Satan; Satan, conquering, will become God. May the fates spare me this terrible lot!”
The following passage, The Gardener’s Tale, gives a history of Western Civilization told from the perspective of one of Lucifer’s legion:
The Gardner’s story:
THE gardener bade Arcade and Zita sit down in an arbour walled with wild bryony, at the far end of the orchard.
“Arcade,” said the beautiful Archangel, “Nectaire will perhaps reveal to you to-day the things you are burning to know. Ask him to speak.”
Arcade did so and old Nectaire, laying down his pipe, began as follows:—
“I knew him. He was the most beautiful of all the Seraphim. He shone with intelligence and daring. His great heart was big with all the virtues born of pride: frankness, courage, constancy in trial, indomitable hope. Long, long ago, ere Time was, in the boreal sky where gleam the seven magnetic stars, he dwelt in a palace of diamond and gold, where the air was ever tremulous with the beating of wings and with songs of triumph. Iahveh, on his mountain, was jealous of Lucifer. You both know it: angels like unto men feel love and hatred quicken within them. (more…)
Rally in Tallahassee
This past January, the 25th, The Satanic Temple staged a rally on the Capitol Steps of Tallahassee in support of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Senate Bill (98) which authorizes “a district school board to adopt a policy that allows an inspirational message to be delivered by students at a student assembly; providing policy requirements; providing purpose, etc.”
While some saw Senate Bill 98 a flagrant attempt at inserting Christian prayer into public schools, The Satanic Temple recognized that all religions and religious perspectives (including those of non-believers) stand to benefit from this freedom to speak their message to those who might otherwise never be exposed to it. SB98, we feel, supports religious diversity, rather than homogeneity.
Before a nonplussed press, supporters, and puzzled passers-by, The Satanic Temple spokesman, Lucien Greaves delivered a preliminary statement which was followed by a speech given by one Cassandra Wagner, a High School Satanist native to Florida. The Keynote speech was delivered by the head of the Satanic Temple. (more…)