Last month Satanists filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government to defend its religious right to engage in child sacrifice as a “spiritual ritual.”
On Feb. 23, The Satanic Temple of Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston, filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas alleging their pro-life laws violate the religious liberty of its members.
The Satanic Temple says it wants its followers to be exempt from the state’s abortion laws.
“It’s legal to get an abortion in Texas,” The Dallas Observer states. “But the procedure is banned after 20 weeks unless a life-threatening medical condition is involved or the fetus has a severe abnormality. If a person is eligible, the state requires them to get a sonogram and receive paperwork about medical risks, adoption alternatives, and developmental stages of the fetus … The state then requires a woman to wait 24 hours after receiving the sonogram and paperwork before she can go through with the abortion …”
“But the temple’s members consider abortion a ritualistic practice according to co-founder and spokesperson Lucien Greaves … [who maintains the] state regulations disrupt this ritual,” The Observer continues,
“We have a distinct kind of procedure for this,” said Mr. Greaves, “and in no part of this do we include getting sonograms or any other medically unnecessary acts as are required in Texas. Therefore, the imposition of those things, we feel, is a violation of our religious liberty.”
Washingtontimes.com reports: Mr. Greaves goes further: “The ritual goes like this: Before the abortion takes place … a member of The Satanic Temple will look at her reflection, be reminded of her personhood and responsibility to herself, take deep breaths, focus on her intent and make herself comfortable. When ready, she will say the third and fifth tenet of the temple aloud.”