About The Satanic Temple – Portland
Many of you that have ended up here might be asking yourself “What exactly is the Satanic Temple all about?” Well we are here to answer that question. First off let’s throw out any of those Satanic Panic rumors you have heard all your life, We do not believe in symbolic “evil.” We embrace blasphemy as a legitimate expression of personal independence from counter-productive traditional norms. First and foremost we encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and are directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will. We do not believe in a supernatural satan, instead we see him as the ultimate symbolic rebel. We are an atheistic religion and are often questioned on how we are a religion if we only believe in an metaphorical Satan. To us Satanism provides a body of symbolism and religious practice — a sense of identity, culture, community, and shared values. As an organized religion, we feel it is our function to actively provide outreach, to lead by example, and to participate in public affairs wheresoever the issues might benefit from rational Satanic insights. As Satanists, we should all be guided by our consciences to undertake noble pursuits guided by our individual wills. We believe that this is the hope of all mankind and the aspiration of all humanity. The Satanic Temple is not interested in establishing itself as the sole arbiter of Satanic practice. Rather, we are open to working with other self-identified Satanic organizations to promote general recognition of Satanic legitimacy.
THERE ARE SEVEN FUNDAMENTAL TENETS WE FOLLOW
- 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 your 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 resolve 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