As much as I’ve written about The Satanic Temple, I won’t claim to understand their beliefs other than to say Satan has little to do with it. I just know that whenever they show up, the Religious Right squirms because they still haven’t figured out how to respond to a religion they just don’t agree with.
Yesterday, several anti-abortion groups staged protests outside Planned Parenthoods all across the country. I’m sure they expected to have shouting matches with pro-choicers… but at one location in Michigan, the protesters were dumbstruck when local Satanic Temple members came by to stage a unique counter-protest of their own involving several gallons of milk being poured on two women:
I think that’s supposed to represent forced motherhood. Somehow.
Whatever it was, it made the protesters angry and it got news coverage. So I guess mission accomplished?
Jex Blackmore of the Temple, said “we opted to do a form of political theater because we feel very much that is what the opposition is doing. Milk to us is symbolic of motherhood and we feel clergy is promoting a form of theocracy in forcing women to adhere to their ethical guidelines.”
Well, that’s one way to do a demonstration. (Demonstration. Demon. Get it? Get it?! Never mind.)