Satanic Temple says members are exempt from Indiana fetal burial law

SALEM, Mass. — The Satanic Temple said that its members were exempt from Indiana’s fetal burial law, claiming first amendment protections. In a statement shared on the Facebook page of the Temple’s Indiana chapter, it said that one of their basic tenets is the inviolability of a person’s body and that non-viable fetal tissue is part of the woman who carries it. They said that the Indiana law, which requires cremation or burial of fetal remains, impacts burial rights and violates their religious beliefs and freedoms.

According the statement, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act requires the state to provide a reason why their religious rights should not be honored. This isn’t the first time the Satanic Temple has used laws pushed by religious conservatives to flip the script.

Conservatives are still freaking out about the ‘Snaketivity,’ now protesting at capitol

SPRINGFIELD — Yet another conservative group is up in arms about the display the Satanic Temple of Chicago put in the Illinois State Capitol rotunda. This time a group that claims to be Catholic. The State Journal-Register reported that the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) went to the statehouse to “pray” that the “Snaketivity” be taken down. They also have a petition on their website. From the State Journal-Register:
“No government entity should promote the father of lies, as this is contrary to the good they are called to uphold in society,” Preston Noell, with the society’s Chicago chapter, said Sunday.

Southern Illinois legislators try to push out Satanic Temple capitol display

CARBONDALE — The religious right is still upset about the display put up by the Satanic Temple of Chicago at the Illinois State Capitol rotunda a couple weeks ago. The Southern Illinoisan reported that local legislators have been writing to the Secretary of State and considering legislation to remove the display. From the newspaper:

Sen. Paul Schimpf of Waterloo wrote a letter to Secretary of State Jesse White — who reviews applications for displays in the rotunda — asking him to remove the statue. Rep. Terri Bryant of Murphysboro sponsored House Resolution 1355, which condemns “in the strongest possible terms” White’s decision to allow the statue — alternately called “Snaketivity” and “Knowledge is the Greatest Gift.” Rep. Dave Severin of Benton is the chief co-sponsor of the resolution, and Rep. Natalie Phelps-Finnie is also a co-sponsor. Sen. Dale Fowler of Harrisburg added his 2 cents Friday with a statement.

Illinois Family Action freaks out about Satanic display at state capitol

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Family Action, part of the far-right Illinois Family Institute, did not react well to the Satanic Temple of Chicago putting up a display at the Illinois State Capitol. So they’re trying to get it out. The group had a rather long freak out about the display. Here’s the highlights:
Satanists may have a legal right to do this, but they do not have a moral right. The general silence of Christians and their leaders over the years has clearly emboldened them – to the detriment of us all.