‘Non-Theistic’ Satanic Temple Seeks to Offer Invocation at Boston City Council Meeting

Satanist prBOSTON, Mass. — The Boston chapter of the Satanic Temple recently sought to offer an invocation during their city’s council meeting, but the request was rejected.

“The religious oppression felt by those outside the Christian community in Boston is a blight on an otherwise liberal state,” the request letter, written by chapter head Travis LeSaffre, read. “Consider what your actions could do to increase the diversity of the city council’s current invocation schedule and the light it can shine on religious plurality within the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

He told reporters that the purpose of the mission was to ensure that various religions are represented during city council meetings—not only Christianity.

“Our goal in this specific endeavor is to either receive equal religious protection from the city of Boston or to prove the inequity and hypocrisy of the city’s leadership,” LeSaffre explained to the Boston Globe.

His plans were to use the invocation time to outline the tenets of the Satanic Temple and to speak about the separation of Church and State.

LeSaffre told the Boston Herald that he believes the city council misunderstands the Satanic Temple, as members are not conventional Satanists, but rather “non-theistic Satanists.”

“It is the position of The Satanic Temple that religion can, and should, be divorced from superstition. As such, we do not promote a belief in a personal Satan,” the group’s website reads. “To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions.”

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The national organization views Satan as a metaphor for rebellion rather than an actual living entity.

“Satan is symbolic of the Eternal Rebel in opposition to arbitrary authority, forever defending personal sovereignty even in the face of insurmountable odds,”the group outlines. “Satan is an icon for the unbowed will of the unsilenced inquirer—the heretic who questions sacred laws and rejects all tyrannical impositions.”

He sent requests to three entities to ask for sponsorship—Councilors Tito Jackson and Mark Ciommo, and City Council President Michelle Wu—but Jackson and Ciommo did not respond, and Wu declined.

“It’s individual councilors’ choices who they invite,” Wu told the Boston Globe. “It’s not based on anyone’s religious preference, but it does often recognize figures that have done work in the community and are representative of the district.”

As previously reported, in July, Satanic Temple member David Suhor was permitted to deliver a Satanic invocation during the Pensacola, Florida City Council meeting. He delivered a loud song, belting out, “That which will not bend must break” and “That which is destroyed by truth should never be spared. Its demise, it is done. Hail Satan!”

Suhor admitted that the invocation was offered to combat what he saw as “Christian privilege.”

“Adopt some [expletive] rules. Stop pandering for votes. Quit pushing Christian privilege as we’ve seen with the Bayview cross and so many other issues and instead go to a moment of silence, that lets everybody pray or not according to their own conscience,” he declared to councilors, angrily smacking his notebook on the podium.

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  • Reason2012

    “He told reporters that the purpose of the mission was to ensure that various religions are represented during city council meetings—not only Christianity.”

    Satanism is no more a “religion” than a group drawing cartoons of Muhammad – it’s just a hate group and should of course be denied every time.

    • IslandAtheist

      Drawing cartoons of Muhammad doesn’t make you a hate group, it’s a push-back against silly dogma.

      • Nidalap

        A lot of people would agree with you on that. The ones who do so publicly appear to occupy the Right-wing side of the divide though.
        Do the politicians you support share your view, or very carefully not?

    • Ambulance Chaser

      Who says?

    • TwoRutRoad

      Christianity gets my vote as the biggest hate group in the world. They hate those who don’t believe, and of course, “God Hates F*gs!” comes to mind.

      • Reason2012

        No, God hates certain behaviors, not those who feel inclined to do them but choose NOT to.

        • TwoRutRoad

          In other words, God hates those who DO chose to do certain behaviors. Like eat certain foods, wear certain fabric combinations, or work on Sunday. Don’t you see how strange this is?

          • Reason2012

            No more than we hate certain behaviors and have laws against them – doesn’t mean we hate those who choose to do them anyway and face the consequences anyway.

            Eating certain foods was just for the Jewish people to show that they were set apart for God – we do not have such limitations now.

            God rested on the seventh day and commands us to rest as well.

            “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”
            Romans 11:33-36

          • Sharon_at_home

            Actually, God loves everyone; it’s the sin that the Lord hates. He wants us to try to be without sin and anything He sees as a sin needs to be repented of. There is no greater love than the love of God.

          • TwoRutRoad

            There are many religions in the world, and they are faithful to their different gods. Your odds of picking the right one are slim indeed. Good luck with that. If, by some slim chance, you got it right, then the other billions of people who got it wrong are going to hell, yet they may be good people. If you got it wrong, you could wind up in some crazy hell you never even heard of! Doesn’t this worry you?

  • Croquet_Player

    Once again, we’ll see “Lucien’s Law” in action. “Lucien’s Law states that governments will either (1) close open forums when The Satanic Temple asks to speak, or (2) censor The Satanic Temple,
    thereby opening itself to legal liability.” (David Williamson). The Boston City Council is going to learn a valuable lesson. How much it winds up costing the taxpayers in the courts is up to the council members.

    • TwoRutRoad

      Similar to the Kerrville Freethought of Kerrville, TX requesting its non-religious
      banner be allowed to be displayed on the City Courthouse which
      would also share space with a Nativity scene that has been there for years. The commissioners voted against it after the crazies protests you ever heard. Even Pastor Del Way of the Calvary Temple Church, who was the speaker at 12:50. He suggested a “better place” for the banner to be put. For shame!! They will get sued, or they will remove the nativity scene. Search Kerrville Freethought on YouTube. It’s really hard to watch!

  • michael louwe

    Can ISIS or Al Qaeda or KKK or Black Panthers do the same.?

  • Stupid Atheist

    I wonder how various local bureaucracies might react if all the apostates in attendance hummed “Imagine” during the invocation…