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11.20.2014

The Satanic Children's Big Book of Activities (2014)

The Satanic Temple

Maybe I should be a satanist.

Reading through The Satanic Temple website, I don't find anything I disagree with, and several things I find exceedingly laudable.

From their site:

"The mission of The Satanic Temple is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people. In addition, we embrace practical common sense and justice.

"As an organized religion, we feel it is our function to actively provide outreach, to lead by example, and to participate in public affairs wheresoever the issues might benefit from rational, Satanic insights. 

"As Satanists, we all should be guided by our consciences to undertake noble pursuits guided by our individual wills. We believe that this is the hope of all mankind and the highest aspiration of humanity.

"It provides a narrative structure by which we contextualize our lives and works. It provides a body of symbolism and religious practice — a sense of identity, culture, community, and shared values."


Still, despite their laudable goals (and the fact that they don't actually worship Satan), their
membership card is a little creepy:


They story behind this activity book is pretty great, I have to say. The school board in Orange County, Florida, had voted to allow religious materials to be distributed to school students. As in, Bibles. So, along came The Temple of Satan, and said, "Really? Any religion can go ahead and distribute religious material to school kids? Awesome!" 


The entire activity book is available for download on their site, so they're clearly trying to get it out there. I've reproduced it below. Keep an open mind as you read through it!









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