The Satanic Temple just launched its latest billboard campaign to promote their belief that abortion is a religious ritual.
But one billboard company flatly refused to display such horrendous advertising.
And now the Satanic Temple is taking them to court.
The Satanic Temple, which describes itself as the primary Satanic organization in the world, recently launched its “Religious Reproductive Rights” campaign, which seeks to use religious freedom to circumvent state laws by declaring abortion a “religious ritual.”
In a YouTube video, the organization claims that abortions that are not medically necessary are exempt from legal requirements, and they will do “all it can to assure that states protect the religious rights of our members to obtain first-trimester abortion on demand.”
The group says abortion is acceptable under its creed, “Thy self is thy master,” and argues that counseling and waiting periods “serve no medical purpose.”
“All these obstacles violate deeply held beliefs and this disrupts the practice of our rituals,” Satanic Temple spokesperson Jane Essex said.
The organization has penned a letter that women can take with them to abortion clinics that states their demands to forego counseling, a sonogram, and burial or cremation based on religious grounds.
It encourages women to overcome doubts about having an abortion by reciting the Temple’s third and fifth tenets, which state: “one’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone” and one’s beliefs “should conform to one’s best scientific understanding of the world.”
After an abortion, women are taught to recite the words: “By my body, my blood; by my will, it is done.”
Essex says the ritual helps women feel empowered and “confident” and combat any regrets over the procedure.
Not surprisingly, Christians and pro-life activists have depicted the campaign as a “battle of good versus evil.”
“If it wasn’t already explicitly clear to you that this is no longer about policy differences, this should open your eyes,” said conservative talk show host Robby Starbuck, the director and producer of “Grow Up.”
As part of its Reproductive Rights Campaign, the organization recently held an online fundraiser to raise funds for the legal defense of its “religious abortions.”
In one of the most disturbing parts of the campaign, those who donate $200 are entered to win $2,500 toward a late-term abortion. Donors are also encouraged to make donations in the amounts of $66 or $666, a Satanic symbol and the biblical “number of the beast.”
As part of its campaign, the organization recently purchased advertising billboards to promote its abortion ritual.
But Lamar Advertising refused to display some of the billboards in Arkansas and Indiana, prompting a lawsuit from the group citing religious discrimination.
In the suit, The Satanic Temple says the ritual is a “sacramental act that confirms the right of bodily autonomy.”
The group planned to display the billboards near crisis pregnancy centers. According to the Christian Post, one of billboards depicted a bowl of cake batter with the text “not a cake” next to an image of a sperm and egg with text “not a baby.”
The accompanying message states: “Our religious abortion ritual averts many state restrictions.”
According to the suit, Lamar rejected the billboards because it said the content was “misleading and offensive.”
Essex said in the YouTube video that the Temple would take legal action against any medical facility or abortion clinic that denies their members’ requests to participate in the abortion ritual.
The organization already lost a lawsuit last year when it challenged a Missouri state law that required women to read literature that states “the life of each human being begins at conception.” The case was dismissed by both the Missouri Supreme Court and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The religious liberty advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom says the group will continue to lose in court because of the group’s “poor understanding of laws protecting religious freedom.”
“Anti-religious confusion and misdirection abound with The Satanic Temple,” said Jordan Lorance, senior council for ADF. “The group misleadingly uses Satanic terminology and symbols to scare and confuse others about its anti-religion agenda.”
“The group’s legal efforts show its contempt for religion by advancing causes intended to shrink First Amendment freedoms that protect everyone.”