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So, the Satanic Temple likely won't be acting as vigilantes for public safety in your neighborhood, but the gesture to Muslims has already started a conversation. And this, Mesner told me, is really the intention of The Satanic Temple: to inspire dialogue about religious freedom.
"Unfortunately, lack of nuance and the prospect of a one-solution cure to all of the world's ills are all too popular with a significant portion of the American voting public," Mesner noted. "Clearly, 'Muslim' is not synonymous with 'terrorist.' We can disagree with one another, we can even mock each other's beliefs, but hopefully we can ultimately engage in a productive dialogue that addresses our differences. Preemptive violence, restrictions, or prejudice based on irrational assumptions is every bit of the problem and never a solution." And there you have it, straight from the Satanist's mouth.
Because The Satanic Temple lacks the training, liability coverage or logistics ability to offer legitimate protection services for individuals, the requests were a serious issue. Because of the confusion and unwanted attention drawn to The Satanic Temple, the chapters who had originally issued offers of protection were contacted by the organization’s leadership. The individual chapters of The Satanic Temple were requested to remove their original posts and replace them with a new, vetted and approved statement.
In response to the media queries to The Satanic Temple’s national leadership, which followed the replacement of the chapters’ offers of aid to Muslims with the above cold, legalese-sounding post, the organization’s spokesperson and co-founder issued a letter of explanation. In his letter, Lucien Greaves explains the breach in The Satanic Temple’s protocol that led to the original offer. He goes on to mention the legitimate issues The Satanic Temple faced with legalities, liabilities, and logistics, and continues by telling anyone who’s gotten a credible threat of physical violence to “contact Law Enforcement, not The Satanic Temple.”
edit on 11/23/2015 by ~Lucidity because: (no reason given)