A lot of people have jumped to the conclusion that if it is “satanic,” evil worshippers must be kidnapping babies and roasting them in late-night rituals on the Cook Inlet beach. Not so. According to their website, the mission of the Satanic Temple is “to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will.” They particularly take offense to the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church.
The satanic part is derived from the Adam and Eve story as depicted in Genesis 2. As every Sunday-schooler knows, God created Adam and Eve in his image and gave them free range over the Garden of Eden to eat what they harvested. But they were not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Satan temped Eve and she induced Adam to eat from the tree’s fruit and henceforth humans have had knowledge of good and evil.