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#1 mudslag

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 09:24

http://thinkprogress...lobby-abortion/

 

The Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision, which allowed some for-profit companies to claim a religious exemption to Obamacare’s contraception mandate, has sparked a heated debate over the definition of religious liberty and its role in modern society. At this point, even a Satantic cult has decided to weigh in.

The Satanic Temple — a faith community that describes itself as facilitating “the communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists, and advocates for individual liberty” — has launched a new campaign seeking a religious exemption to certain anti-abortion laws that attempt to dissuade women from ending a pregnancy. The group says they have deeply held beliefs about bodily autonomy and scientific accuracy, and those beliefs are violated by state-level “informed consent” laws that rely on misleading information about abortion risks.

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, the Satanists point out, it strengthens their own quest to opt out of laws related to women’s health care that go against their religious liberty. “Because of the respect the Court has given to religious beliefs, and the fact that our our beliefs are based on best available knowledge, we expect that our belief in the illegitimacy of state­ mandated ‘informational’ material is enough to exempt us, and those who hold our beliefs, from having to receive them,” a spokesperson for the organization said in a statement.

The Satanic Temple, sometimes referred to as “the nicest Satanic cult in the world,” falls somewhere between satire, performance art, and activism. The group says its central mission is to “encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will.” It has a set of seven tenets that closely track with humanism. Typically, wherever issues of church and state are overlapping, the Satanic Temple isn’t far behind...

 

 

 

I expect to see more stories like this in the future.




#2 TPreston

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 09:52

People only get why these breaches of church state separation are bad when it bites them in the ass like this.

#3 DocM

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 19:22

Amish are exempt from the Social security system, and Santeria practitioners can behead chickens and other critters in their rituals which others would get charged with animal cruelty for doing (Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah.)

This is precisely the kind of thing the Religious Freedom Restoraction Act was created for, though this group is obviously just satirizing it.

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#4 Jason S.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 19:27

oh, religion...

 

here come the picketing christians detesting Satanism even though they know absolutely nothing about it.



#5 B0mberman

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 21:01

"The group says its central mission is to “encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will.” It has a set of seven tenets that closely track with humanism"

 

 Are satanists the ultimate americans? :D Its a blend of lycan and vampire:

 

1) "reject tyrannical authority" = We love guns. No big gov = Republican

2) "justice, and be directed by the human conscience" = Democrat

3.) "individual will" = Republican

4) "Humanism" = Democrat

 

Christianity = guilt, oepus complex, id/ego and judeo influence of absolute morality.

Satanists = humanists guided by free will, rational thinking and the categorical imperative as per Kant. They are said to “encourage benevolence and empathy among all people".

 

Winner? Satanists.



#6 FloatingFatMan

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 20:28

Amish are exempt from the Social security system, and Santeria practitioners can behead chickens and other critters in their rituals which others would get charged with animal cruelty for doing (Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah.)

This is precisely the kind of thing the Religious Freedom Restoraction Act was created for, though this group is obviously just satirizing it.

Welcome to the party.

 

Which is why religions should not be granted ANY special dispensations beyond anything anyone else gets.  Stop with the special treatment, period.



#7 Hum

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 20:32

Well, I certainly agree -- Satanists should not reproduce. ;)

#8 Earthworm_Jim

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 20:55

Well, I certainly agree -- Satanists should not reproduce. ;)

 

I guess you are joking, but it really seems like you are missing the point.  Religions should not be exempt from laws.



#9 Hum

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 21:02

^ Many laws descend from religions. ;)

#10 DocM

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 21:06

One of the primary reasons The colonies and our country were founded was a search for religious freedom. Pennsylvania was founded by Quakers, etc. Primarily because of religious discrimination in Europe, so pardon us if we respectfully ignore advice from over the pond. We've been there, done that and escaped.

#11 Dashel

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 21:12

They aren't real Satanists.



#12 DocM

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 21:15

We know, I notes it in post 3. The argument has evolved past that.

#13 Jason Stillion

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 21:19

Just like the one southern state that wanted to allow money to go to school of parents choosing (including religious), then realizing after the fact a school with Islam influence could theoretically receive state tax money because some parents could choose it wanted to change her mind. 



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 21:22

They aren't real Satanists.


I hope not.

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 12:33

One of the primary reasons The colonies and our country were founded was a search for religious freedom. Pennsylvania was founded by Quakers, etc. Primarily because of religious discrimination in Europe, so pardon us if we respectfully ignore advice from over the pond. We've been there, done that and escaped.

 

You haven't even remotely escaped.  In fact, there are far more christian fundies in the US than just about anywhere else in the world, and most of them are complete whackadoos!