The Satanic Temple's Protest for First Amendment Rights



[Applause] good Pete Weber concern supporters of religious liberty I present to you Baphomet what did Jesus think and the last days it would be a war on the Saints here's a clear example of the war on the Saints I think the way the state has been trying to frame our battle is one of the Satanic temple versus Arkansas or Satanist versus Christians and what I'm trying to show is that that's not the case and we're not protesting against a rallying for pluralism and real religious liberty we are literally on the front lines and the war against encroaching theocracy the statue itself has these children like they're flocking to state you know we want our children to get to heaven we don't want them in hell for all eternity hi a satanic temple is not a group of devil worshipers but liberal political activists who oppose the increasing influence of the religious right in American politics based out of Salem Massachusetts and led by their co-founder Lucien Greaves today they're in Arkansas to protest at the state capital in the name of constitutional rights what's the mood like I'm not sure what the general mood is I've been rather isolated since I've gotten man this is the first time we're putting together our own rally and we're doing exactly what the state politicians said would never happen I'm bringing our our monument down to the Capitol grounds the monument depicts Baphomet an anthropomorphized winged goat figure associated with occult and mystical traditions with two children at his feet even though these activists don't actually believe in a physical Satan they know that Christians do an exploiting god-fearing Republicans belief in the devil is one of their tactics they harness the power of satanic imagery and symbolism and dramatic public demonstrations to draw attention to their left-wing causes their latest target is Arkansas and a Ten Commandments monument which was recently installed on the Capitol grounds and which they claim in isolation violates the First Amendment's ruling on the separation of church and state the Ten Commandments monument is illegal if it remains up in exclusion to other monuments of religious expression if they allow our monument to be erected on the same Capitol grounds that would legalize the Ten Commandments and it would also stand as as testament to our respect for pluralism and religious liberty and First Amendment values so here it is in all its glory the offending Ten Commandments monument it's in the surrounding grounds of the Capitol it's protected as you can see by these sturdy bollards because the first day it was erected last summer a man drove into with his car destroying it the Ten Commandments monument was a donation from an evangelical senator who claims it was not a religious gesture it simply represents the morals that this great nation was founded upon a Satanic temple disagree they think this seems like a very religious gesture and they want proof that it's not so they're offering a donation of their own which happens to be a statue of Baphomet and they think that if the Capitol rejects their donation that proves that this gesture is a violation of the constitutional separation of church and state what is the goal of today is it to get the Ten Commandments taken down is it to get Baphomet alongside it or is it a wider cause well the rise of theocratic efforts within American politics it's been at play for generations now but it's really coming to a head you see with the election of Donald Trump and the rise of the Venn Jellicle nationalism I think the more this happens the more our numbers grow so what is it about Arkansas and the Tang column that's being here that makes it you know more problematic I mean we can only fight one of these at a time but the fact of the matter is is that this isn't our first run at this the Satanic temple was involved in a similar effort in 2015 which led to the removal at Ten Commandments monument from the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol wider there are monuments to the Ten Commandments at government buildings all America I was allowed inside the Capitol building to meet senator rapert the man who sponsored the bill to erect the ten commandments monument here in Arkansas but our solution what is it about attempts at being renown in an Arkansas that has upset other groups especially lisatime – well it's very important for you to know we have many monuments on the Arkansas Capitol grounds but we did not have any monument that actually spoke to the historical and moral foundation of law and so we decided the 10 commandments which is one of the first recorded written codes of law ever we felt that that would be a good and proper thing and very fitting the bottom line is we have an act that created the Arkansas Ten Commandments monument act the monument was put up and the monument will be defended and if the Ten Commandments are good enough for the United States Supreme Court it's good enough for the people who are himself of course not I've said it personally many times it'll be a very cold day in hell before anyone is able to force us to put up a monument of a profane Statute on the grounds of the Arkansas capital for the fundamentalist Christian counter-protesters from America needs fattener this has nothing to do with First Amendment rights and everything to do with literal Satan while Lucien and the Satanic temple acknowledged they're using the specter of Satan somewhat ironically believers on the other side see this goat headed fellow as something much more real and sinister I think it could lead to a lot of darkness and open the flood gates of hell honestly apparently America needs Fatima couldn't get their permits in in time which is the excuse they're giving for not protesting tomorrow when the same is actually show up here so this group is quite literally protesting to know people and they're really just sort of performing for the for the cameras here it's just a whole lot of open road the Satanic temple doesn't arrive till tomorrow tomorrow is when the staffs going to be here for some reason I'm doing that brooch has been a statute we can today I guess today is the day of assumption when Mary wrote so we want them to get the message that uh there's only one leader and that's God the Satanist sort of claimed that they don't really believe in Satan it's more like mockery that what they do is more kind of theater and yet the irony is that you guys believe in Satan them that he's a real threat right well the thing is is that the devil himself Lucifer Satan you know he wants everyone to believe that he's faked if he can convince everyone else in the world that he doesn't exist then he succeed and a lot of people live like there is no evil in this world that you know everything's so relative and all of this but that's not the case right well bless them on their journey bless them as they go into the hotel and we pray Lord a special blessing for her so we see you tomorrow she have a safe trip back you know my name of Jesus we pray amen that was lovely they prayed for us guys so we can't fail now you're in the right team yes is this the most effective way you guys can think of to furthering this cause but have you thought about maybe sitting down and having a conversation or is that not possible well we have conversations all the time we're always going to approach things by legal means I think if most Christians are honest about it too they'll admit that they're just pretty much picking and choosing what they will believe and what they want and I think the more people become comfortable culturally identifying with their religions and realizing that they don't have to pretend they believe in things that are simply intellectually insulting today that they can still have their ethics there's their symbols that they can still use this metaphorically to contextualize their lives I think we'll find a lot of people identifying non-theistic aliy with their religions I think we're just a little bit ahead of the game but that forward thinking hasn't been shared by everyone on the other side at Lucien's top secret air B&B the mood was decidedly anxious as he prepared to set off to join the rally so you've had more threats than usual personal facts yeah that's my understanding we have neo-nazis coming to protest us and we also have some national leader the KKK showing up from what I understand have you ever worn a bulletproof vest before no I haven't worn a bulletproof vest I out I think the odds of me getting shot or fairly slim but just the same I figure if I was laying down bleeding out from a shot to the chest I'd have been a little bit embarrassed thinking that I had a bulletproof sitting back at the house I should could've just worn so yeah that fair enough [Applause] our very next speaker I know is long awaited by many of you myself included so I won't make you wait any longer it is my pleasure to introduce Lucien Greaves thank you good people of Arkansas and supporters of religious liberty I present you back from that symbolism legal equality tolerance free and buried freedom of conscience and Reconciliation we did not bring Baphomet here in hopes of replacing the Tang Commandments monument despite what you have probably heard the truth is the sea tannic temple never asked for the Ten Commandments monument to be taken down we only want our monument on public grounds where other monuments of religious significance are pre-existing document on the scene drugs the Ten Commandments does not represent a conflict for a resolution [Applause] today who are terrified of you guys because they think it gates of hell ago open and then effect all that children with the devil dive only give it a try it's not that bad and with that the Baphomet statue was packed up back on the flatbed truck to head home to Salem Massachusetts although it wasn't erected today they're hoping that bringing the monument onto state grounds proved their point we caught up with Lucien and the Satanic temple members at a bar that evening it turned out very well there's no denying the legitimacy of the message behind the Satanic temples provocative spectacles and in theory their Claus has real legal clout but Christian or not most Americans are turned off by the devil so while the Satanic temple certainly knows how to get all eyes on them it remains to be seen whether they'll be able to drum up the support needed to combat creeping religious conservativism in America today the rally is over and you've had your pizza in there what's next you know for the people here at this fight against theocracy is very real and they're very energized to know that somebody's coming up and speaking out against it and once they start doing that I don't think they're gonna stop and I think there's gonna be a real kind of tipping point here where pretty soon the the old way is is the dead way you

49 Comments

  1. Khaleef Merricks said:

    This video is trying to justify their wickedness. God said in the last day we will view evil as good and good as evil

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  2. Billie Belle said:

    Y’all all forgetting about the West Memphis 3 and how they almost killed 3 young men cuz they thought they were devil worshipers.

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  3. Matthew said:

    Okay. We all know what happened to these people in the Old Testament. I feel sad this is actually happening in our time again but again, I'm 100% sure they know exactly what they're doing and who they are aiming to offend. In that line, they're doing a fantastic job.

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  4. Max Austin said:

    If anyone here can remotely read body language at 7:22 literally as soon as she says "the devil" the journalist impulsively touches her face. The VICE logo itself screams duality and this woman is appearing as an objective spectator, but that is clearly NOT the case.

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  5. Rabbit Hare said:

    Guess they are wasting their time. Satan is known for his conmanship and letting down it's followers whenever the need arises. I have dealt with him, not these idols or depictions of what isn't in existence.

    I dealt with him on a level nobody can ever understand. I just imagine what would happen if he made a physical presence amidst them, some would die, others would go into deep shock and majority would go insane… I could pick him in the video, he was just laughing at their ignorance… It's a complex matter, an issue that operates in a totally different matrix and dimension. These fools need lots of knowledge to understand whats going on around!! Wish them good luck!!!!!

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  6. Otter Woods said:

    I love how Christians say America was founded on the ten commandments but i ask you when was it ever a law or even common to uphold the sabbath worship only the Christian god not use gods name in vain. Like the only thing from the ten commandments America uses is to not murder which is like no shit

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  7. Rigard Radaghast said:

    the fact of the matter is that our rights as stated by the constitution are god given, if the entire premise of your religion is that god doesnt exist, thats perfectly well within your rights to freedom to persecution based on your religion, but you arent free from the loss of your rights by denying god. unfortunately the constitution doesnt say satan given rights, it says god given.

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  8. Ivar Boneless said:

    all of these people are asleep, fuck satan and jesus christ. religion clouds peoples judgement. Wake tf up fucking sheeps.

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  9. Haley Henderson said:

    They don't believe in satin?….

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  10. Jc JA said:

    Soo..Christianity is still forced upon people? Thought that bs would decrease after all the BS christians did to my people and brothers from other tribes. Here I thought Freedom Of Religion was a constitutional right but seams as if its only for christians.

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  11. Kayce randel said:

    They are on another level of trolling. The next level, do the same thing in a muslim majority country with a statue of muhammed. I bet they are not brave enough to do that.

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  12. B. SMILEY III said:

    Those people who fear their children will be tainted with satanism fail to realize they have already been tainted by media, tv, pop culture, mainstream news, commercials, pop culture, celebrities, all of which is ironically much darker, influential, and detrimental than these atheistic satanists beliefs. Man, this country seems to be going backward.

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  13. Ra-Hham Eysh George said:

    Funny how christian's believe the devil and his legions are in hell, God banished him on EARTH. and created hell as his punishment and all of evil and wickedness as well.

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  14. Shia Supprise said:

    I hate religion

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  15. Murder Motion Pictures said:

    A church to represent the biggest loser in history

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  16. Raven M. said:

    Highkey this guy looks really cool

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  17. Josh Higdon said:

    Who would worship the created over the created? Only a fool would do such. Almost as if they were deceived. Let no one trick you into thinking they are atheists who are mocking religion. They are worshippers of a literal being(Satan). Want to know how it ends? Jesus wins the battle with a Word and binds Satan and throws him into the lake of fire where they will be tormented day and night for all of eternity. Along with all who are outside of Christ's bride (the elect/church).

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  18. thomas stevens said:

    Good fake eye. Nice try buddy

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  19. Timster said:

    I doubt that dead eye is real. I reckon it's a contact lens

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  20. Wiseman said:

    It doesn’t make sense. How do you proclaim for the right to have religious freedom to have a satanic group but don’t worship satan and believing in his existence. Something doesn’t add up, I hope this satanic shit becomes extinct and let us purge the country of this who believe and push this bullshit out.

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  21. LongDong Silver said:

    Satan is climbing the iron throne.

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  22. Yikeng Chen said:

    America a strange strange place on earth

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  23. cyberfrank 2010 said:

    makes you wonder what happened to this guy one morning….
    I am going to start an evil church!

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  24. Mirko B said:

    I feel like half of the people there were just metalheads.

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  25. Living Lucidly said:

    If anyone who has esoteric knowledge they would see this as a joke. Baphomet is just ancient alchemy symbol that symbolizes the balance of brain hemispheres something which Yeshua himself taught. The pentagram on the baphomet was the original symbol of Christianity for hundreds of years which symbolizes the 5 wounds of Christ and the 5 elements of nature. When the pentagram points up it symbolizes Ether/ spirit ruling over the elements of matter. Pointing up to the savior of the world ✝️. If the pentagram had been pointing down it would symbolize the opposite with matter ruling over spirit and I would agree with not wanting it up.

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  26. Gay Chicken Nuggets said:

    I’m dead I love how they use the statue just to fk with Christians 🤣

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  27. Eddie said:

    Not devil worshippers….yet they worship the devil….kill yourselves.

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  28. Eddie said:

    Why the fuck is this important…these peolple are fucking monsters, this is disgusting. Go fuck yourself Vice no wonder youre going under…full of evil satanist faggots

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  29. Steve Bingham said:

    Satanic whatever name you want to call it…Satan there master….moral decay gets faster and faster in Endtimes prophecy.BATTLE OF GOOD AND EVIL .

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  30. Oh boi said:

    They are so cool 👀👌 i stan

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  31. Marco Armstrong said:

    Yes there is an all seeing eye on the tablet of The ten commandments which is a representation of the Freemason influence in Government but there is already Monument of a deity on the Capitol building the Dome of the Capitol building which they all have is a representation of a breast usually somewhere in that Capitol building either inside or on top of the breast will be a deity what's the building is dedicated to usually by the founding builders who are undoubtedly high-ranking high-level Freemasons

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  32. Marco Armstrong said:

    Everyone failed to realize that they're Baphomet depiction was a false one at that and is not even the true depiction of the Baphomet. Baphomet is missing breast and the Baphomet is both male and female. Just like the devil to be a liar.

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  33. Monica Noelle said:

    so basically they just want to trigger the holy people? what a pro

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  34. JDRamm MX said:

    "We want our children to…"
    Then take care of your children, be a fucking parent and stop blaming others.

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  35. Sergey Devill said:

    This is ridiculous! You can’t become a satanist,if you weren’t born that way,I mean your world of vision and character. The only satanic organization is the Church of Satan founded by Anton Lavey, in 1966. The only satanic philosophy is LaVeyan Satanism. The satanic temple is an unauthentic organization. Some people are too stupid and lazy to accept real satanism,to read more information about it and teach themselves,or they just don’t recognize themselves in the satanic bible,but they really want to be “not like others” so they find a TST or something like that,and go there and it’s usually stupid posers,not real satanists,they just keep themselves in self deceit! and “SATANISM HAS NO PLACE IN POLITICS”

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  36. Livia Carmignolli said:

    Major edgelord bullshit.

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  37. Jessica jessica said:

    Their religion is so fragile that they’re afraid of goat statue 🤨

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  38. LWCReaper said:

    The satanic temple is a bunch of liberals

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  39. Sebastian Mariscal said:

    "THE CULT FOR BAPHOMETH ORIGINALLY INVOLVES GIRLS HAVING SEX WITH GOATS" then growth to different practices, like sacrifices and sex slavery, in the true meaning the children in the statue are the sex slaves in chains to the throne of baphometh.

    Do you really want to play with laws about if is legal or moral to have this in your country? how stupid is people getting?

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  40. Chad Nelson said:

    Free speech ? Then how can they nock down all are crosses across America

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  41. Kent Inson said:

    Lucien Greaves. Even his name sounds like a supervillain name

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  42. David Kennedy said:

    Jesus said there would be war on the saints ? Wasn't the first "Saint" Paul who eventually killed all of Jesus' family and friends, eventually taking Jesus' political message and starting Christianity?

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  43. Jamaican Bacon said:

    One of the main things when you fuck with the dark side is sacrifice!!!! His eye!!!????

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  44. TNT said:

    A lot of time and energy wasted on what may or may not happen after you die…from all sides.

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  45. tobias Eijpen Germany said:

    Hè looks like satan

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  46. Ma. Angelita Anda said:

    May our LORD GOD ALMIGHTY bless their hearts and make them understand their wrongdoings.

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  47. k said:

    They believe in something that Satanists don't even believe in lol, they are against what they created themselves.

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  48. sidgdansk said:

    .the Jesuits have really done a number on these poor things.. these people from the Vatican are Devil people; seed of Cain.. they ALL worship Allah.. MASON.. the Pope is a Muslim and so was the one before him and that Beast; Poop Johnny 222.. he was kissing the Quran; LOL poor Catholic's – Jesus is coming to end ALL this evil..all controlled to divide the people.. Washington District of Columbia(Lucifer).. started by the Jesuit Freemason's.. it was called Rome but they went real dark.. especially now.. repent and believe on Jesus!!

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  49. efi rizaki said:

    Dont like god praise devil
    This is both sites of the same coint

    If you belief in devil you belief in god so….

    Ps olso why they dont try this whith Muslims they biliev in god too, ther god

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