After giving it a lot of thought, I’ve decided to join the Coven of Satan (and Queer Satanists) rather than affiliate with The Satanic Temple. There were certain things about The Satanic Temple that did not sit well with me, although I continue to like the work that Shiva Honey does within The Satanic Temple. It’s all really confusing. However, I feel like it’s the best thing for me to do right now — my values align with the Coven of Satan and Queer Satanists more than they do The Satanic Temple, so it only seems fitting and right that I affiliate myself with the coven (or group, or temple) that best fits those values. I think I’ll keep the flag that I have for The Satanic Temple in my room and the certificate that says that I am a member, but over time I may cover those up with Coven of Satan stuff. It all depends. I need to check their shop out sometime, heh.
And as for my birthday, which is coming up, all I want is Etsy gift cards. I want kandi bracelets and perler necklaces. I’m finally living the life that I want to live and dressing how I want to dress (as when my mother bought me clothes and jewelry, it was never anything that I could actually wear, and it was apparent that she was dressing the daughter that she didn’t have because I was not and never would be that person).
This is one reason why I am uncomfortable with theistic religion. “Love the sinner but hate the sin”… how about no.
To be honest, this was a bit of an awkward journey that I went on, but I am pleased with the ending.
I began to see mention of Satanism on my social media feeds, especially as it related to The Satanic Temple‘s leftist works and the various people that they — rightfully — sued or attempted to sue. So I began to look into it, and part of that was me becoming emboldened by my absolute disgust with Catholicism (Bub’s father’s family’s religion, and the one that they literally tried to force me into. I found that I agreed with all of the tenets of The Satanic Temple, and I was generally off-put by the Church of Satan although I respect them and continue to respect them to this day… a Satanist is a Satanist, and we need all of the support we can get because of what society thinks of Satanists due to their lack of understanding. As I continued to read about The Satanic Temple, I realized that it was the perfect fit for me. Not long after, I became a member, began telling certain people that I am a Satanist — naturally, I don’t divulge this to everyone given the stigma — and began making like-minded friends. To put it another way, it felt like a part of my life that was missing had now been completed. There was a hole in my life that I didn’t know was there, and Satanism filled it. Satanism fills it. And I am so grateful, and so happy, for that. I think I’ll always be grateful and happy.
In the wake of Texas’ “Heartbeat Law” coming into effect, various people are exploring strategies to undermine it or have it done away with since it is stricter than Roe v. Wade. One of the groups doing this is The Satanic Temple (surprise, surprise), having asked the FDA to allow abortion-inducing drugs to be disseminated to Satanists without a prescription as is generally the norm, and taking Texas to court for… well, numerous things at this point. People who are outside The Satanic Temple have varying thoughts on the effectiveness of some of their strategies, and I have been a loyal member of The Satanic Temple for awhile so thought that I would add my two cents into the matter in, of all appropriate places, my own blog.
They’re trying. And we need that kind of effort to combat the questionable legality of this law. All of it.
I would rather see The Satanic Temple fail a few times, get back up again, dust itself off, and keep trying just to eventually be successful at undermining this law or even cutting it down at the knees than not see them try at all and not see anyone try. You can’t know if you’re ever going to be successful at something unless you try, although we already know that the United States — whether it ever cares to actually admit it or not — favors Christianity for a country that was founded on deism so many years ago. And given that this is not The Satanic Temple’s first lawsuit against Texas, it’s becoming increasingly more apparent that they are going to continue to attempt to litigate until their litigations, as many of them should already have been, are successful. Texas is bad enough as it is with our governor making it clear that he believes that Texas is a Christian state. If I had wanted to become a Christian I wouldn’t have quit the religious conversion classes (RCIA) that Bub’s father’s family coerced me into all those many years ago, which I still do not regret doing.
We need more people, more organizations, and more religions like The Satanic Temple, prepared to fight.