PR News Wire: The Satanic Temple (“TST”) has announced it will be hosting “SatanCon” February 11-13, 2022. This will be TST’s first religious convention. The three-day event will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Satanic Temple recently sued Scottsdale, AZ, for refusing to allow the organization the opportunity to deliver an invocation before its city council meetings. Even though the city had never rejected anyone else’s request, and both Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp publicly celebrated their efforts to prevent TST from delivering an invocation, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the city did not engage in unlawful discrimination.
Lucien Greaves, co-founder and spokesperson for The Satanic Temple, said, “In addition to creating a community for our members, SatanCon serves as an expression of our good will toward the city of Scottsdale, despite the perplexing and unfortunate ruling against us which defied precedent and common sense. In the course of litigation, Scottsdale officials desperately made clear that they are, in fact, accepting and inclusive regarding Satanists. We heard you, Scottsdale, and we accepted that as an invitation to turn Scottsdale into the Happy Satanic Fun Capital of the World.”
SatanCon will include talks and presentations that discuss the various campaigns championed by The Satanic Temple. These include efforts to protect members’ reproductive rights, fight psychiatric abuse, protect children from abuse in schools, promote addiction recovery, and build support for TST’s after-school club. There will be vendors and entertainment as well, including a keynote presentation by Lucien Greaves. Read More …
Opinion: “And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?”
So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” Job 1:7
When the Sons of God, unfallen angels, presented themselves to the Lord, Satan was with them. He still had access to heaven. Satan said he was roaming the earth looking for those he could accuse and dominate.
“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” Charles Baudelaire.
Beauty and the Beast, Disney 1991:
(In Disney’s 1991 animated version of Beauty and the Beast, the “beast” looked very much like a gentle lion. There were a couple of small horns poking out of his head, but those could have easily been mistaken as tufts of hair)
How then did we get from that to this?
In 2014, the Satanic Temple commissioned an 8 1/2-foot statue of Baphomet to stand alongside a monument of the Ten Commandments at Oklahoma State Capitol.
In June 2016 during the opening of the Gotthard tunnel in Switzerland, a Satanic ritual displayed a goat-man who dies, is resurrected and is worshiped and crowned as ‘the king of the world’. The event had women simulating sex with each other and drone-like human workers marching to a rhythmic drum beat.
“We are dedicating SatanCon to the Scottsdale City Council. Their bitter remorse at having erroneously excluded us from giving an invocation — in what they described as a bit of administrative confusion — must have been weighing on them for some time, if their testimony is to be believed. Now hundreds of Satanists will descend upon Scottsdale to let these selfless public servants know, Hey, it’s okay. We understand, and we’re here to make things right. Far from being disgruntled and put off, we’re going to bring Satan to Scottsdale. We’re bringing the party to you, Scottsdale, and it’s going to be an event to remember,” Greaves said.”
“Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 3:9-13
While we were still sinners, Christ demonstrated His love for us with His death:
“For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:16-17