Several women in leadership at the Satanic Temple, referred to Jezebel by Lucien Greaves, said they disagreed with the characterization of TST as an organization with issues around gender or racial equality. Michelle Shortt, the chapter head for TST Arizona, wrote to us that the group has “collectively worked together towards expanding the scope of diversity among our ranks,” adding, “Considering that religion is still heavily ingrained in POC culture, it is no surprise that people of color are hesitant to fill such public facing positions or be open to community ridicule and ostracization regarding their Satanism.” She added that the Satanic Temple “does not wish to resort to tokenism to accomplish this task” but would “continue to actively encourage more diverse members for leadership roles.”

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