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US Government Officially Recognizes The Satanic Temple As A Religion

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With this status, the Satanic Temple has been deemed exempt from all tax, has access to public spaces, can apply for grants from the government, has court standing to fight discrimination against their religion, and receives numerous other legal protections.

Freedom of religion is a big part of the American constitution, and that much has been made clear after the Satanic Temple became an officially recognized religion in the country.

With this status, the Satanic Temple has been deemed exempt from all tax, has access to public spaces, can apply for grants from the government, has court standing to fight discrimination against their religion, and receives numerous other legal protections.

Just like that which are afforded to other widely practised religions, such as Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam.

The Satanic Temple / Instagram

This news was broken by the official Instagram account of the Satanic Temple. It is likely that this ruling will allow increased media and press coverage for the religion.

A documentary centering around this religion – as well as Lucien Greaves, the Temple’s leader – is also in motion.

This all comes after a few years’ pursuit of these legal protections, as it’s something that Greaves has believed in for a long time.

In a statement in the newsletter of the Satanic Temple, Greaves spoke about how those with religion are a privileged class, and that it is crucial that exclusive rights are not gained in a way that is inaccessible to non-believers and non-theists.

He urged his followers to pursue a future where non-profit groups of an atheist or secular nature received the same tax exemption as other religions.

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In Hail Satan?, the documentary about the Satanic Temple and the life of Greaves, when asked about a gigantic Baphomet statue and whether it was holy, Greaves stated that followers of the religion do not quite worship Satan in the way many people believe.

He added that much of religious terminology is heavily loaded, and that the Satanic Temple is non-theistic and does not worship any supernatural entity.

The Satanic Temple / Instagram

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