Month: November 2017

The Yule Goat

The tradition of the Yule Goat (or Yule Buck) differs slightly from region to region. He is known by many names. Most commonly you will still see him today as straw decorations, sometimes large and independent, sometimes as an ornament on the Yule or Christmas Tree. In modern day Norway and Sweden it is a custom to hide a small straw Yule Goat in a friend, family member, or neighbor’s house – who must in turn hide it in another’s house upon discovery. To read the full story, click...

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The Satanic Temple Gears Up for New Year of Agenda Initiatives

TST-AZ Moves Closer to Possible Action in Invocation Campaign The Satanic Temple’s Arizona chapter was basically founded around Michelle Shortt and Stu De Haan’s attempts to give Satanic invocations in Phoenix and Scottsdale, sparking a national and international debate over the constitutional imperatives of prayers at public meetings. When Scottsdale denied their invocation request after initially accepting it there were immediate questions as to whether their response passed legal muster. There’s been a lot of behind the scenes activity since then. Working with the collaborative news site Muckrock, TST-AZ has been scouring through Scottsdale city council emails obtained by...

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TST National Legal Counsel Stu de Haan on Progressive Voices AZ

Tune in to Progressive Voices of AZ as they host a live panel discussion about the Separation of Church and State, Secular Government, and the push for Religious Liberty for some not all. Our guest panel will include Paige Livingston, Deedra Hill Abboud, The Satanic Temple - Arizona Chapter spokesperson and national legal council Stu De Haan, Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix (HSGP) President Christopher Wojno, and David Forrester! They will be asking each panel member the same questions, and give them each a specified time limit for them to respond. After the Q&A portion of the show, they...

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Someone Stole Baphomet’s Head from the Top of a Satanic Christmas Tree

Over the weekend, the festive folks at The Satanic Temple’s San Jose Chapter put up their own holiday tree in a space where other groups had installed their own displays as part of the city’s “Christmas in the Park.” There was no star atop the Satanic tree, though. Instead, they used a lovely goat head to represent Baphomet. Read more, click...

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Ritual Redux: The Satanic Temple’s Bisbee, AZ “Nihil Sanctum” Event

Last month here on For Infernal Use Only I posted about all the various Satanic rituals that were going on this fall. I not-so-subtly suggested that ritual season (such as it is) was being capped off this year with The Satanic Temple-Arizona’s 2nd annual ritual event in Bisbee, AZ. Full disclosure, I’m a member of TST-AZ and we all put in a lot of work pulling this event together. There is no chance at all this review will be unbiased. 😉 To read the article, click...

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