“The Satanic Temple satisfies most substantive or functional definitions of religion, even though they don’t worship or even believe in a deity,” said Petersen. For example, the Satanic Temple has an organized community, regular meetings, symbolic rituals and a narrative construct that helps people contextualize their lives and work. Many religions, like Buddhism and Taoism, consider specific beliefs secondary and practice primary, he said.

“You might say the Satanic Temple worships humanity, rationality and equality through the figure of Satan as proposed in the seven tenets,” Petersen added.

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