The Satanic Temple is a weird little organisation that in many ways has paralleled the rise of the freewheeling youthful culture of the AltRight, but on the Social Justice Warrior left. Their headquarters is predictably echoing Anton LaVey’s - the jewish founder of the Church of Satan – (1) own flair for the dramatic in Salem, Massachusetts. (2)
Like the Church of Satan; the Satanic Temple doesn’t actually believe in a literal entity known as Satan. (3) However it – like its intellectual forebear - is thoroughly opposed to Christianity both in practice and principle.
To quote the Times of Israel:
‘Chief among Jarry’s causes are marriage equality and women’s reproductive freedom. Any issue related to the government using religion to restrict individual freedom is also likely to engage temple leaders, some of whom staged a 2014 “Black Mass” at Harvard University to push the envelope on religious freedom.
Outside of New England, TST has taken legal action against the placement of edifices of the Ten Commandments in civic settings, including statehouses. To illustrate how such displays violate religious freedom, the temple has insisted it be allowed to erect goat-headed Baphomet statues in the same locations. TST is also planning to take on some schools’ use of isolation, denial of bathroom access, and corporal punishment of children.’ (4)
Indeed in April 2015 ‘the Satanic Temple used a crowdsourcing campaign to raise $800 for a rural Missouri woman’s trip to St. Louis, to have an abortion. As legal restrictions have forced other clinics to close, the St. Louis clinic is the last abortion provider in the state.’ (5)
As well as in 2013 achieving ‘notoriety for its “pink mass,” enacted at the grave site of the mother of Fred Phelps, founder of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church. The ritual, involving same-sex couples kissing, was described on the Satanic Temple website as having turned Mr. Phelps’s mother “gay in the afterlife.”’ (6)
The Satanic Temple is typically litigious and actively seeks to sue its opponents in ‘civil rights’ suits - a-la the Rosa Parks debacle - after provoking them into action. (7)
Typically for Satanic organisations; the Satanic Temple claimed to have 20,000 members in 2015 (8) while in 2016 this had magically inflated itself to 50,000. (9)
As has long been pointed out in the academic literature on modern Satanism; such numbers must be treated with extreme scepticism and the reality is more likely a few dozen to a few hundred members with many more passive subscribers to mailing lists. (10)
A good example is the Utah chapter of the Satanic Temple, which seems to consistent almost entirely of three utter misfits named Autumn Rogers, Aaron Shea and Chalice Blythe. (11) They claim there are ‘dozens’ of other members and so-called ‘allies’ , but yet none are in evidence or even cited indirectly by Blythe, Rogers and Shea in their interviews as one might reasonably expect.
Instead they are predictably vague about who these others members and ‘allies’ are and thus one gets the feeling that – in-line with ‘Satanic morality’ in general – these three are the entirety of the Utah chapter and just trying to ‘fake it’ until they ‘make it’ .
This is also illustrated by the failure of the Satanic Temple in June, 2014 to ‘adopt a New York state highway, writing on fundraising site Indiegogo, “This campaign will do more than keep the highways clean. It will help to send a clear message to the world, reaffirming American religious plurality.”
Adopting highways is a hard cause to rally the demonic troops around. The effort raised only $2,200 of its $15,000 goal and was quietly scrapped.’ (12)
An organisation with ‘thousands’ of active members can’t raise a mere $15,000?
I doubt it.
Now who is beyond this organisation?
The public spokesman for it is one Douglas Mesner - aka Douglas Misicko or Lucien Greaves – (13) who claims to have attended Harvard University, but doesn’t appear on my enrolment register of the university. (14)
Mesner – or whatever his real name actually is – is well… a former Dungeon & Dragons playing dweeb (15) who doesn’t seem to be able to hold down an actual job. (16)
This is hardly surprising given the type of people Blythe, Rogers and Shea – who we met earlier – are, but nor is Mesner the principle character behind the Satanic Temple.
That dubious honour is held by a man who calls himself ‘Malcolm Jarry’, but whose real name has been revealed to be a left-wing documentary film maker called Cevin Soling. (17) Soling uses Mesner as a gopher and public face for his organisation in large part because he is publicity shy, and in part one suspects because he doesn’t want people to be able to sue him personally for the behaviour of his activists (like when Mesner draped his ball sack over Fred Phelps’ mother’s grave and took a photo of it, which happens to be illegal). (18)
In the only extant photo of ‘Malcolm Jarry’ that I have found he can be seen to be extremely fat and wears both a fedora and sunglasses inside. (19)
Soling is a – you guessed it – ‘secular jew’ (20) born to ‘irreligious jewish parents’ . (21)
He is also for a left-wing jew absolutely obsessed with ‘anti-Semitism’ and Israel.
‘“I see it like Buddhism,” said Jarry. “Satanism is something that can co-exist with being a Jew,” he said.
In addition to Jarry’s belief that Judaism and Satanism can co-exist, there are parallels with how Judaism and Satanism have been branded by their detractors, he said.
“The false accusations that have been thrown at Jews historically are similar to what some people say about Satanism,” said Jarry, mentioning accusations of blood libel and — more recently — fabricated allegations that Israel perpetrates genocide against Palestinian children.
“I do not accept when people delegitimize Israel or use lies to marginalize Israel,” said Jarry. “I am an unwavering supporter of Israel, so long as it remains democratic, pluralistic, and protects human rights.”’ (22)
Sounds awful like it is Alan Dershowitz, Benjamin Netanyahu or Jonathan Greenblatt talking, doesn’t it?
It is indeed ironic – although not surprising - that a jew refuses to apply the standards he wants applied to goyische societies to jewish societies.
He’s quite happy to advocate abortion (23) to mothers (24) in the United States, but yet the Satanic Temple is strangely quiet about abortion (or rather the lack of as well as war on it) in Israel let alone the fact that homosexuals have no marriage rights in that country either.
I haven’t even seen him oppose the low-hanging fruit of ultra-Orthodox fanaticism in the United States as many liberal jews have been doing in recent years.
The question – as with the similarly jewish-run feminist direct action organisation Femen – (25) is why don’t they mention or target jews like they do Christians and Europeans?
What is the answer?
They are run by jews.
- Ibid.; https://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/11/us/a-mischievious-thorn-in-the-side-of-conservative-christianity.html
- Ibid.; https://www.villagevoice.com/2014/07/22/trolling-hell-is-the-satanic-temple-a-prank-the-start-of-a-new-religious-movement-or-both/
- Jean La Fontaine, 1999, ‘Satanist and pseudo-satanist groups’ , p. 100 in Willem de Blecourt, Jean La Fontaine, Ronald Hutton, 1999, ‘The Athlone History of Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: The Twentieth Century’ , 1st Edition, The Athlone Press: London
- https://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/11/us/a-mischievious-thorn-in-the-side-of-conservative-christianity.html; although as https://www.villagevoice.com/2014/07/22/trolling-hell-is-the-satanic-temple-a-prank-the-start-of-a-new-religious-movement-or-both/ this may also be a photo of a ‘hired actor’ named ‘Neil Brick’.