The coronavirus pandemic has affected literally every aspect of American life.
Everything that we have taken for granted has shut down, people are going stir crazy, conspiracy theories and fake “cures” are running rampant, and things that once seemed impossible are becoming routine.
One thing many people have not mentioned much of, however, is religion. As churches go online and away from in-person meetings, one offbeat religion has a message for everyone: The Satanic Temple.
Lucien Greaves, the co-Founder and spokesperson of the merry band of modern Satanists, has released a statement regarding the current situation. He reminded everyone of the religion’s very first tenet, which reads, “One should strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures in accordance with reason.”
In the meantime, Greaves axed all meetings for Satanic Temple chapters until further notice and prepared to go virtual. He urged social distancing, and thought of all kinds of fun ways to have fun and support one another during this difficult time.
"We are trying to keep everyone positive and connected. It’s going to be more and more important to set up alternative forms of socializing. I think this is a place where we as a religious community can really provide a service to people." https://t.co/4aYm5p0tGD
— Lucien Greaves (@LucienGreaves) March 24, 2020
The last bit of Mr. Greaves’ statement is perhaps the best:
For those upset and saddened at this unexpected turn of events, I promise you, at the end of this there is a massive Satanic celebration to be had, and we will come through this stronger, and more deeply committed, as a community and global Satanic family.
And that is what Satanism is all about. Fun, love, celebration, true religious freedom, and the celebration of life. Worry not — coronavirus will not keep the Satanists away.
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