Give ‘em Hell, Baphomet!
When I was growing up, the spawn of simple farm folks high atop Sand Mountain, Alabama (slightly above and to the left of the buckle of the Bible Belt, where the appendix would be, if the appendix were located to the left of the navel), a hotbed of Christian fundamentalism with more than its fair share of snake-handlers, I really couldn’t have imagined a day in which the Satanists would be the GOOD guys. These are, though. They are taking a stand for freedom, for the protection of our rights. When religious wackjobs installed a Ten Commandments statue on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capital, the Satanic Temple wheeled in their statue of Baphomet, the goat-headed stand-in for the Devil. The point they were making is that, in a free society, separation of Church and State must be maintained, and that if they are going to allow one group to put up religious statues, then they must allow ALL groups to put up religious statues. This is the ONLY way to safeguard individual freedom. The wackjobs are just too stupid to realize that a theocracy, which is what they want, could easily turn against them, too. To the Satanic Temple, I say, sa-lute! And let’s put up a statue of the Flying Spaghetti Monster while we’re at it.
Ironically, the tenets of the Satanic Temple—one should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason; the struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions; one’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone; the freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo one’s own; beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs; people are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and remediate any harm that may have been caused; every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.—are far closer to the teaching of Jesus Christ than the beliefs and actions of these so-called “Christians.” Or maybe that isn’t so surprising, at that, given the human tendency towards perverting any institution.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
MORTUI VELOCES SUNT!