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Posted inLaw

Lies the Supreme Court tells about religious liberty

Reading Time: 6 minutes Since its adoption as the national motto in 1956, the inclusion of the phrase “In God We Trust” on the American national currency has faced legal challenges, leading to unlikely judicial claims about the phrase’s secular intent and meaning. In response to a lawsuit against the government in 1970, the Ninth Circuit ruled that “It […]

Posted inCulture

Interview: The Satanic Chef, Adam Ostrofsky

Reading Time: < 1 minute I have known Adam for a few years now. We first met at The Satanic Temple’s headquarters. The Arizona chapter was all hanging out there while Stu, Michelle, and a few other people gave a series of talks. He went out and bought a grill and cooked an insane amount of food for everyone after […]

Posted inDeep Dive

The Allentown ‘Black Mass’ of 1985

Reading Time: 4 minutes When The Satanic Temple (TST) brought its first annual SatanCon to Scottsdale, Arizona last week, many detractors said they were going to perform a black mass and (through whatever supernatural mechanism) bring harm to the city.  Black masses aren’t really a thing People have been doing Satanic rituals like the ones done by TST and […]

Posted inReligion

How the Satanic Panic Hurt My Friend in the 1980s

Reading Time: 12 minutes Big David was larger than life. He had beautiful crystal-blue aquamarine eyes that seemed to look into forever and a strong voice made for public speaking. Tall and lanky, with black hair and pale skin liberally dotted with freckles, he looked like a country boy. He needed to be wearing denim overalls and a well-loved straw hat and carrying a homemade wooden fishin’ pole.