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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Alerts: Biological Hazards

2015-06-25 03:45:52 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20150625-48822-USA
Date&Time: 2015-06-25 03:45:52 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of New Mexico,
Location: East Mountain,
City: Tramway

Description:
Two confirmed cases of tularemia in dogs in the East Mountains have the Albuquerque Environmental Health Department issuing a warning to residents east of Tramway. “It is a bacteria that causes disease in rodents, rabbits, dogs and cats,” said Albuquerque Environmental Health Manager Dr. Paul Smith. It’s very similar to the plague, and on top of that, the plague is also a concern in the East Mountains as well and is transmitted through fleas. Recent rains and heat are the culprits. “So there’s a lot more food and shelter for those rodents’ increasing populations, increasing incidents of disease as well,” said Smith. Here’s how the plague and tularemia can go from all those rodents to you. Free-roaming pets hunting or eating infected rodents can contract the disease and bring it directly into your home. It’ll make your pet and you extremely ill very suddenly. “You’re almost completely incapacitated with the high fever, muscle aches and pains that go along with that,” said Dr. Smith. Dr. Paul Smith recommends some simple steps to reduce your risk of contracting disease. Keep your pets from roaming freely and hunting rodents. Clean up your yard near your house, especially areas where rodents could live, such as wood and brush piles, junk and abandoned vehicles. Also, do not handle sick or dead wildlife – they could be infected. Avoid mowing over dead animals because this could potentially aerosolize the bacteria. If you or your pet become infected, get medical help immediately. “Both diseases can be life-threatening if they are left untreated,” said Dr. Smith.

The name of Hazard: Tularemia (dogs)
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed

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2015-06-25 03:43:21 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20150625-48821-USA
Date&Time: 2015-06-25 03:43:21 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of North Carolina,
Location: Coastal region,
City: Surf City
Number of injured people: 1


Description:
An 8-year-old boy was attacked by a shark on Wednesday in Surf City, North Carolina. He suffered minor leg and foot injuries from what appeared to be a small bite and was taken to the hospital by his parents, the Surf City Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE. Not even two weeks ago, 12-year-old Kiersten Yow and 16-year-old Hunter Treschl were attacked by sharks in Oak Island, North Carolina, within 90 minutes of each other. The Oak Island incident happened about 60 miles away from today’s attack. Yow, who lost her arm below her elbow, is improving with each day at the hospital. Treschl has since been released from the hospital after he lost his arm below the shoulder. Shark expert Larry Cahoon told PEOPLE that despite the recent shark attacks, beachgoers shouldn’t avoid the ocean. “You have a higher chance of getting into a car accident driving to the beach than you do getting attacked by a shark when you get there,” Cahoon, professor of biology and marine biology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, says. “The fact is that sharks have millions of contact hours with humans on beaches every year, yet attacks are really rare. Just be smart.” “Sharks are frightened of us,” he adds. “They normally will only attack us if they mistake us for their typical prey, like skate and rays.” But when they do attack, just swim back to shore as fast as you can, he advises. “People say to swim slowly back to shore, but what is that going to do? Swim to shore as fast as you can – a shark that means to eat you will keep coming. You need to call for help. People who survive all but the least damaging shark attacks got immediate help from others,” he says. “Basically, don’t swim alone in shark waters.” And when it comes to fending off a shark, Cahoon says punching it in the nose, gills or eyes won’t do much good. “A 10-foot bull shark will weigh close to 500 pounds and is essentially all muscle. What chance would anyone have?” says Cahoon. “You won’t be thinking rationally even if you have the opportunity to punch it, so just focus on getting back to land.”

The name of Hazard: Shark attack (non-fatal)