Satanist Group Wants To Adopt New York Highway

satanic templeOnce signs are erected signifying that that highway is under the care of the Satanic Temple, will the religiously devout steer clear? The New York group has unveiled a surreal video as part of their Indiegogo campaign to raise the $15,000 needed to “promote a message of Satanic civic pride and social responsibility”:

Help The Satanic Temple spread their message as they enter the adopt-a-highway program in New York City where they will maintain voluntary beautification of a stretch of public highway for at least 2 years by way of litter cleanup and landscaping.

Once approved, the New York Department of Transportation will erect a blue-and-white sign acknowledging The Satanic Temple as the adopters of the designated piece of highway.

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  • echar

    I’d like to know what song that is in the background and by which artist.

  • Ted Heistman

    What’s the point of worshiping Satan if all you want to do is help others?

    Satanist: “I just want to spread love, light and peace! That’s why I worship the Prince of darkness!”

    • Zhorik

      The Church of Satanism involves no deities of any kind. Satanists don’t worship the Christian concept of Satan, their use of the name describes a very different concept.

      • echar

        It certainly illuminates the evil within those conditioned by the Christian social engineering. Many are incapable of seeing it as so, yet it’s there. You can see the pride and self righteousness even in this small microcosm of comments. If all that is seen is a snake and the conditioned reaction is to stomp, then what is to be expected?

        Much like the tale of the scorpion and the frog.

    • Ava

      The Church of Satan’s policy is to treat others how you want to be treated.
      They think people should do the right thing. Not because of karma or because of a possibility of a hell worse than earth, but because you want to. And according to the high priest they don’t worship satan. And that’s about all I know on the subject.

    • Haystack

      It always amuses me when people adopt nefarious symbolism for their group, then spend their time trying to “dispel misconceptions” about themselves.

      • Ted Heistman

        I know right! I heard a guy with a tattoo of a skull super imposed over his face saying he was so sick of people judging him for his appearance!

      • echar

        Would you rather an organization act like they are something they are not, or an organization practice what they preach and support their fellow humans?

        Even though I have little love for a reactive philosophy to another highjacked mongrel of a philosophy. I choose the organization that practices what they preach over the one that imposes impossible laws. At least I know what to expect from the Satanists/humanists.

      • Ava

        They’re not doing to it “dispel misconceptions”, they don’t seem to care what people think of them.

        As I said “Not because of karma or because of a possibility of a hell worse than earth, but because you want to.”

        And as echar said “Helping others, is helping yourself.”

    • echar

      Helping others, is helping yourself.

      What’s the point of worshiping Jesus, if all you want to do is help yourself?

  • Ted Heistman

    Does Satanism go any deeper than a particular aesthetic?

    • Reasor

      Depends on the denomination. The specific congregation mentioned in the article, The Satanic Temple, are the same men and women who recently trucked down to Mississippi to turn the ghost of the mother of Westboro Baptist Church’s Fred Phelps into a lesbian through necromancy, so they’re at least taking the aesthetic and doing some terrific protest art with it.

      I hope that every modern day encroachment on church/state separation in America is met with a response from Satanists, demanding the devil’s due. They’re better positioned to spotlight the absurdity of non-secular government than the Flying Spaghetti Monster, if only due to the power of symbolism.

    • ManwithnoCountry

      I think most religions are focused on achieving a sense of communion with the divine, or the infinite, or nature, something greater than themselves. Satanists, however, consider themselves holiest. When the Lord told the angels to bow before man, his creation, all did, except Satan, and Satan, the most beautiful of the angels, tried to usurp the throne of God, so he and the angels allied with him were cast down, or something like that. So they’re like Christians in reverse, using the same mythology but alining themselves with what was traditionally the antagonists.

      • Reasor

        “I think most religions are focused on achieving a sense of communion
        with the divine, or the infinite, or nature, something greater than
        themselves. Satanists, however, consider themselves holiest.”

        That’s a pretty succinct working definition of the difference between right hand and left hand methodologies, as Satanists would describe it. The right hand path subordinates the individual to the divine, the left hand path subordinates the universe to the individual.

        In his “Pseudonomicon,” Phil Hine postulated that, at a sufficiently developed level of mastery, the difference between the two paths becomes one of semantics, but he was working with a decidedly nontheistic paradigm. The theists on either side would likely take exception to the idea.

        • ManwithnoCountry

          Ah, I’ll look into that book. Traditional Chinese thought, however, considers human nature and the laws of the universe as one and the same (I’m pretty sure I’m missing something) what would anything to do with that be?

  • kowalityjesus

    My attitude towards those who follow the devil is they are disciples of the antagonist, but only rarely his arbiters, as I would like to think of myself except opposite.

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