The Satanic Temple
Secularist Activism and Occulture in the American Political Landscape
Keywords:Satanism, The Satanic Temple, occulture, American religion
This article explores the development and ideology of The Satanic Temple,against the background of current American politics. The Satanic Temple isa recent addition to the Satanic milieu, and is positioned here as a form of"rationalist" Satanism that draws on the figure of Satan as a symbol of rebellion.The discussion follows the emergence of The Satanic Temple and itsintroduction to the mainstream media around 2012, the influences of esoteric,feminist, and secularist ideas on the group, and its present manifestationas a politically engaged "occulture."
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