Satanic Temple Rejects Dignified Burial of Aborted Babies: ‘Undue Burden on Religious Practices’

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The Satanic Temple’s bronze Baphomet. Photograph: The Satanic Temple/AP
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Satanic Temple Rejects Dignified Burial of Aborted Babies: ‘Undue Burden on Religious Practices’
DR. SUSAN BERRY29 May 20191,078
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The Satanic Temple (TST) says the Supreme Court’s ruling that states can decide to dispose of the bodies of aborted unborn babies in a dignified manner, is against its religion.

Stating TST will not be subjected to laws that violate its religious beliefs, a press release says one of the temple’s fundamental religious beliefs is “the inviolability of one’s body.”

“Although the Supreme Court affirmed the right of states to have an interest in the disposal of fetal remains, their ruling allows for objections to the Indiana Law based on undue burden,” said TST spokesperson, Lucien Greaves, adding:

This law clearly places an undue burden on the religious practices of The Satanic Temple by interfering with burial rites. These traditions have existed since the birth of organized religion. Rejecting our claim would profoundly undermine a basic cornerstone of religious organizations. It would be profoundly hypocritical for any Church that advocates for religious rights not to support our claim.

In April, TST announced that the IRS had recognized it as a “church” with tax-exempt status.

“This acknowledgment will help make sure The Satanic Temple has the same access to public spaces as other religious organizations, affirm our standing in court when battling religious discrimination, and enable us to apply for faith-based government grants,” the organization said in its announcement.

Despite its designation, however, TST says on its FAQ page it does not believe in Satan or in the supernatural.

According to Rolling Stone, TST had previously rejected the idea of pursuing tax-exempt status, but Greaves reportedly reverses this position in 2017 after President Donald Trump signed a “religious freedom” executive order.

TST devotes a page of its website to its support for abortion on demand, stating it “religiously objects” to any restrictions on abortion.

According to the press release:

Members of The Satanic Temple believe that non-viable fetal tissue is part of the woman who carries it, and as such, state impositions of ceremonial requirements dictating its disposal, barring any plausible medical or sanitary concerns, is a violation of TST’s Free Exercise allowing Satanists to contextualize the termination of a pregnancy on their own terms, with deference to their own religious beliefs. As such, TST affirms that this rule violates their religious beliefs and asserts that their members may refuse to adhere.

TST claims that, under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the fetal burial law does not apply to its member because it violates a tenet of their religion.

“RFRA, a federal law enacted in 1993 designed to protect religious freedom, requires that when a religious practice conflicts with laws of the State, the State must provide a compelling reason for why religious rights should not be honored,” states the announcement.

Greaves said TST members “will not be made to pay for these punitive, superfluous, and insulting burials.”

“We claim exemption on religious liberty grounds, and we will almost certainly prevail in the courts if we are forced to fight,” he added.

“It’s time that petty sanctimonious panderers like Vice President Pence, who signed this law as governor, come to realize that religious liberty means freedom from unreasonable government imposition upon religious opinion and practice,” he continued, “not his own ‘freedom’ to impose a particular religiously-dictated practice upon the electorate whom he serves.”

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All the Jaws Movies We’ve Watched Over The Years, Coming Back to Bite Us in the Ass?

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2015-02-25 12:35:17 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20150225-47119-USA
Date&Time: 2015-02-25 12:35:17 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of Washington,
Location: ,
City: Ocean Shores

Description:
The state Fish and Wildlife Department is alerting people along the coast that a great white shark is operating in nearby waters.

A harbor seal washed up at Ocean Shores recently having been partially devoured by a great white. The tourist town has a pretty good sense of humor when it comes to great whites. There’s a tourist shop where you pass through the jaws of one. But now word is surfacing that a great white is operating in those waters. Last Thursday a freshly killed harbor seal was found on the beach. Wildlife folks knew it had been bitten by something really big. The seal was sent to California for a necropsy and word came back confirming it was a great white. “I would stay out of the water for awhile,” said Craig Bartlett of DFW. “And we’re contacting local and tribal governments today to let them know what we’ve found.” Ocean Shores police say they just got word that it was a great white, but so far there are no plans to do anything at the beach. “That would be kind of terrifying,” said tourist Edith Laurent. “It would be frightening out there to have a shark come in. No thank you.” Thanks to Hollywood and the 1975 film “Jaws” everyone knows what a great white looks like. But business people we talked to don’t believe there’ll be widespread panic as word gets out. Just the opposite. “I think more people are going to want to come out and think ‘oh can we see a great white shark,’ ” said kite shop owner Andy Siass. California has seen its share of shark attacks — a surfer was bitten by a great white two months ago on the central coast. Last summer, a swimmer at a southern California beach was attacked. Both survived. But there have been no reports of any attacks here in the last 26 years. But it has people keeping an eye out. “The idea of sharks off our coast a little bit disturbing,” said tourist Robert Laurent. Police say they advise people stay out of the water anyway — not because of any shark, but because of the dangerous rip tides. A second seal found over the weekend did not die from a shark attack. The Fish and Wildlife folks say it died from a gaff hook to the head.

The name of Hazard: Giant White Shark danger
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed

Posted:2015-02-25 12:35:17 [UTC]