Leading LGBT website Pink News has made the stunning claim that almost half of the Satanic Temple’s members are from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender community, while claiming “it is not hard to see the appeal of Satanism”.
The recently published piece entitled ‘The Satanic Temple is in favor of equal rights for LGBT+ people’ quotes from an interview the Satanic Temple leader – Lucien Greaves – with the UK’s Attitude magazine, also an LGBT publication.
“It would be a conservative estimate to say that more than 50 per cent of our membership is LGBTQ,” Greaves began before going on to discuss how he believes, despite moves from many Christian denominations to adopt more “inclusive” policies, LGBT people feel “disenfranchised” as if religion were a political party.
“I think that’s because [LGBT people] feel disowned and disenfranchised from the traditional religious institutions. So, you have a population willing to embrace a religious identification that is boldly willing to speak out to the contrary.
“From the start, when one of our early actions was the Pink Mass, a lot of LGBTQ people were looking for another community that didn’t see them as defined by their sexual orientation.
“Within the Satanic Temple, we’re all pretty much one and the same.
“We’re all Satanists and it’s not like we have ‘tolerance’ for trans people or gay people or sex workers, we just don’t f**king care, and a lot of people in those communities appreciate that.”
Pink News said of his comments: “When most major religions still directly discriminate against LGBT+ people, it’s not hard to see the appeal of Satanism.”
This is not the first time The Satanic Temple has ignited controversy.
Co-founder Lucien Greaves appeared on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight to discuss a veteran memorial and free speech debate in a small town in Minnesota.
Carlson questioned the group’s identification as a religion, given the Temple is non-theistic. He also shared his speculations with Greaves that the group was purposely trolling and stirring up controversy.
Greaves stood by The Satanic Temple being a religion, and claimed the organization and its actions are true to its tenants.
Pink News however, the Satanic Temple’s latest major new fan after The Guardian newspaper, says: “A commitment to Satan is not required to join the Temple, although a commitment to trolling anti-LGBT evangelicals is desirable.”
“Satanists don’t actually believe in Satan,” the news site claims.
The Satanic Temple’s website elaborates on the idea: “As such, we do not promote a belief in a personal Satan. To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions.”
The group’s continuous statements and actions on political and social stances – such as the LGBT+ statements in their latest interview – support the idea the organization may be more concerned with trolling than being a genuine religious sanctuary for those lost in other religions.
Sofia Carbone is a reporter at RaheemKassam.com and tweets at @SiCarbone_