Are we supposed to concede that only the superstitious are proper recipients of religious exemption and privilege?
In fact, Satanism provides us all that a religion should, without a compulsory attachment to untenable items of faith-based belief: It provides a narrative structure by which we contextualize our lives and works.
Our beliefs must be malleable to the best current scientific understandings of the material world — never the reverse.
The Satanic Temple holds to the basic premise that undue suffering is bad, and that which reduces suffering is good.
Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world.
We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.
Ours is the literary Satan best exemplified by Milton and the Romantic Satanists, from Blake to Shelley, to Anatole France.
The idea that religion belongs to supernaturalists is ignorant, backward, and offensive.
So inured is the general public to the idea that there is only one monolithic voice of “the” religious agenda that any attempt at a counter-balance — or assertion of a minority voice — is often viewed as necessarily a mere targeted provocation against those who enjoy an unquestioned tacit assertion of sole squatters rights in the religio-political dialogue.To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions.