The Satanic Temple

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The Satanic Temple was co-founded by Lucien Greaves.

The Satanic Temple (TST) is a nontheistic, political activist group which is based in Salem, Massachusetts.[1] The TST uses Satanic imagery.

Nontheist Jex Blackmore on The Satanic Temple and sexual harassment

See also: Atheism and sexism and Atheism and rape and Atheism and women

The nontheist Jex Blackmore, who had been a national spokesperson for TST, wrote about The Satanic Temple and sexual harassment:

As one of the few visible and prominent female voices in TST, I endured countless threats, harassment, and violations...

Over the years, members and chapter heads have requested and proposed the implementation of a gender, sexual, and racial diversity policy to ensure equity within TST leadership and alignment to the mission. The demand was not simply ignored but completely dismissed. The demand was not hollow; there was a clear and pressing need for this policy. While I was part of the organization, I witnessed male members of the organization exploit their position and influence to behave inappropriately and disrespectfully towards women. I myself experienced harassment and abuse from members who have now left the organization. I was not supported by leadership during these times, but was asked to let it all “blow over.”[2]

Jex Blackmore on The Satanic Temple and financial transparency

See also: Atheist organizations and scandals and Atheism and charity

Jex Blackmore wrote about The Satanic Temple and financial transparency:

Members of the public donate money to support TST’s campaigns in regards to women’s rights and religious liberty lawsuits and events. However, despite many requests from Temple chapters, the organization refuses to share how these donated funds are spent. Currently, there is no way of knowing if the money donated actually supports their legal actions. In fact, as far as I know, members do not know how they fund the products in their store, the gallery in Salem, or the many lawsuits they’ve taken on. Countless lawsuits have been announced or “planned,” many have not been followed through, and often times, the legal actions are strategically sloppy. Dozens of dedicated, supportive chapters across the country regularly commit their time and resources to raising money for the Temple. Yet members have no voice in how the money is spent, they do not decide how it’s allocated, and they do not know where it goes. Unlike other charitable groups, there is no public organizing board or regular financial disclosures and there’s zero oversight.[3]

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  1. The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements, Volume 2; James R. Lewis, Inga B. Tollefsen; Oxford University Press, 2016; pgs. 441-453
  2. Will the Friendly Atheist Ever Learn?, September 2018
  3. Will the Friendly Atheist Ever Learn?, September 2018