But something entirely new has come about, thanks to the rise of the Satanic Temple: a global Satanic community, actively working towards common ends. I’ve been privileged to be a part of this community, planting the seeds of it here in Seattle and watching our chapter of the Satanic Temple sprout and grow.
The only requirement for membership in the Satanic Temple is the belief in our Seven Fundamental Tenets. These shared values include compassion and empathy, the willingness to fight for justice, individual freedom, equal rights for all, the inviolability of one’s body (something women still battle for), and the value of reason and science. Our last Tenet recognizes that humans are fallible, and if we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify the matter. This spirit of understanding permeates all our interactions; we’re not afraid to admit we are wrong.
These core values radiate out into other qualities I often see in our members. Of course compassion is the hallmark of everyone involved. It is an act of great compassion to fight for justice for the oppressed. There is honesty─and there is tremendous courage. Claiming the title “Satanist” is not a safe thing to do in today’s world. Many threaten us with violence and death. Even if you use a pseudonym and cover your face during public actions, you are running the very real risk of being outed─and that could mean losing your job, your housing, even your family and children. So to not only take on that Satanic role, but also take an active stand and publicly fight against injustice, requires a lot of strength and bravery.