The scary music was still there, but at least the voices of the members were heard.
One member of The Satanic Temple, is also a teacher in higher education, fearful for their position, explains why they hide their beliefs from the public.
“I likely wouldn’t have job for much longer, this is a distinct possibility of being a satanist. People need to realize the satanic temple is about compassion and liberty”
And as far as rituals go…
“Nothing grisly or gruesome about our rituals, it’s mainly just a way to intellectually decompress” says [member Rikki] Rodger.
No blood rituals, no sacrifices, no incantations spoken. Its for reasons like this that [professor of new religious movements] David Embree, is intrigued by the following The Satanic Temple has.
Their words — which say this is a non-theistic, somewhat-of-a-parody group that stands for religious freedom — don’t necessarily match the narrative of the piece, which suggests something much more frightening.
But if it gets people talking, more power to them.