Satanic Temple Offers to Make Cakes to Help LGBT Community
Cakes as civil rights? The Satanic Temple thinks so. Last Week, Lucien Greaves, the head of The Satanic Temple, offered assistance to same-sex couples who may be denied wedding cakes based upon the religious beliefs of bakers or pastry chefs. “We’ll host a party in your honor at The Satanic Temple headquarters in Salem and order a cake that praises Satan from your offending discriminatory ‘religious liberty’ enthusiast.”
The decision is based upon the upcoming legal case being heard before the U.S. Supreme Court. The owner of the Masterpiece Bakery in Colorado, Jim Phillips, refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple because it violated his religious beliefs. A Colorado court ruled in favor of the couple, agreeing that Mr. Phillips decision was a form of discrimination, not a practice of protected religious freedom. His appeal was taken by the Supreme Court for review several months ago.
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One of the arguments lawyers for Phillips make is that sexual orientation is not a protected class under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Greaves is protesting this opinion by forcing any baker who denies service to bake a cake for The Satanic Temple. Religion is a federally protected class and so, therefore, under the very same justification given for denial of service to one group the bakers would be forced to give service to another group, Satanists. Lucien Graves also offered to host any wedding party at the Headquarters of The Satanic Temple in Salem, Massachusetts.
While The Satanic Temple claims to be a religious organization, it does not worship Satan as a deity. Satan is a representation of individual rationality and critical thinking, and not the Christian version of an evil, demonic figure in direct opposition to God. The Satanic Temple has been working on several public displays including an after-school program, and numerous public art displays. The group representing Jim Phillips could not be reached for comment.