The Satanic Temple, one of a host of Satanic organizations in the USA, announced on its website that it has been recognized as a church by the Internal Revenue Service.
This is the very first time in history [that] a Satanic organization has been recognized by the United States federal government as a church.
The move by the IRS “will help make sure the Satanic Temple has the same access to public spaces as other religious organizations.
The Satanic Temple had previously opposed tax-exemption for churches, but changed this position in 2017, when US President Donald Trump signed an executive order promoting free speech and religious liberty.
The order explicitly directed the US Treasury to expedite tax exemptions for religious organizations and avoid at all costs the imposition of taxes and other penalties on religious organizations.
It was the last straw for these Satanists. The order meant “the Satanic Temple must re-evaluate its prior principled refusal to accept religious tax-exemption.
As ‘the religious’ are increasingly gaining ground as a privileged class, we must ensure that this privilege is available to all, and that superstition doesn’t gain exclusive rights over non-theistic religions or non-belief.
With the religio-political landscape suddenly so grotesquely deformed from what we previously recognized, it seems reasonable that non-believers should adjust their language accordingly.
Iceland’s first pagan temple in 1.000 years is being built for the thousands of Pagans in that country, a Zoroastrian temple recently opened in Syrian Kurdistan.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point Religious News 2019.