A new religion!?

The Satanic Temple has been recognised as a new religion in the states.

Founded in 2013 by Lucien Greaves and Malcolm Jarry.

The Satanic Temple's mission is more politically charged than worship-based.

Their website states its goals are to

"encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will."

The church holds weekly congregations in Salem, Mass.

It has openly rejected the notions of the Westboro Baptist Church AND it's insisted its not the same as the Church of Satan, which plays more on the pop-cultural aspects of Satanism and black magic than political awareness.

The Satanic Temple instead wishes to separate itself from superstition and being associated with Satan. See a chart that compares the two organizations below:

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