Huffington Post Op-Ed: Ginsburg’s Death "Pushed Me To Join The Satanic Temple"
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A Huffington Post op-ed writer who identifies as a “40-something attorney and mother who lives in a quiet neighborhood with a yard and a garage full of scooters and soccer balls” has joined the Satanic Temple in response to the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, citing that they are the best chance at keeping abortion rights alive in America.
“I am not the type of person who would normally consider becoming a Satanist, but these are not normal times,” op-ed writer Jamie Smith says in the piece for the HuffPo.
Smith explains that she has more fear than grief in response to Ginsburg's death.
“I fear that American citizens are inching closer to living in a theocracy or dictatorship and that the checks meant to prevent this from happening are close to eroding beyond repair,” she said. “When Justice Ginsburg died, I knew immediately that action was needed on a scale we have not seen before. Our democracy has become so fragile that the loss of one of the last guardians of common sense and decency in government less than two months before a pivotal election has put our civil and reproductive rights in danger like never before.”
Check out what she wrote:
Members of the Satanic Temple do not believe in the supernatural or superstition. In the same way that some Unitarians and some Jews do not believe in God, Satanic Temple members do not worship Satan and most are atheists. They are not affiliated in any way with the Church of Satan. Instead, the Satanic Temple uses the devil as a symbol of rebellion.
Just like other faiths, the Satanic Temple has a code that their members believe in deeply and use to guide their lives. These Seven Fundamental Tenets include that “one should strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures in accordance with reason,” that “the struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions,” and that “one’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.”
Smith was convinced that the Satanic Temple was for her after she read their Seven Tenets which include a woman's right to abort her baby at any point in pregnancy.
“The Satanic Temple hopes to appear before the Supreme Court in a case challenging a Missouri abortion law that requires those seeking to terminate their pregnancy to first receive materials asserting that their abortion would end the life of a separate, unique person,” Smith said. “The temple argues that these materials violate the deeply held religious beliefs of one of its members regarding bodily autonomy and scientifically reasonable personal choice.”
She continued, writing, “I believe that the Satanic Temple ― and its members’ dedication to fighting for true freedom ― represents our best, last defense against anti-choice lawmakers who are seeking to assert power over women’s bodies and take away our right to choose. “We need creative, resolute thinkers who are willing to stand up for what they believe in and take concrete action to do so, and the Satanic Temple is full of those kind of people. I am proud to now count myself among their ranks.”
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