A New York-based group known as The Satanic Temple has used the Hobby lobby decision to request an exemption from the Christian-flavored propaganda that gets passed off as “pre-abortion counseling.”
The female justices of the Supreme Court’s Wheaten College decision and Hobby Lobby decision warned the court that they were “venturing into a minefield” by allowing Christians to opt-out of notifying the HHS that they would not furnish their employees with contraception coverage. Now, the Satanic Temple is making a similar claim, according to the New Civil Rights Movement:
Now Salon reports the Satanic Temple is making a similar claim. This is the same group that recently offered to donate an interactive goat-man statue (that’s it in the photo above) to sit outside the Oklahoma State Capitol Building to bring some balance to the display where a stone monument of the Ten Commandments now sits alone. The Satanic Temple wants to be exempted from the mandatory Christian-flavored counseling many states require before a woman is allowed to exercise her right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.
The spokesperson for the Satanic Temple, Lucian Greaves, explained their logic:
“While we feel we have a strong case for an exemption regardless of the Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court has decided that religious beliefs are so sacrosanct that they can even trump scientific fact. This was made clear when they allowed Hobby Lobby to claim certain contraceptives were abortifacients, when in fact they are not. Because of the respect the Court has given to religious beliefs, and the fact that our our beliefs are based on best available knowledge, we expect that our belief in the illegitimacy of state mandated ‘informational’ material is enough to exempt us, and those who hold our beliefs, from having to receive them.”
The full statement by the Satanic temple can be read here.
I am taking intense delight in this. As far as I’m concerned, the Satanic Temple is serving the Christian Right a taste of its own medicine. Now, it probably won’t stick — I’m sure the courts will find some specious reason to object — but the fact that they are pursuing the noble goal of twisting legislation and judicial rulings pioneered by the Christian Right against the Christian Right warms the cockles of my blackened heart.