Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Satanism, and motherhood converged in the pages of the Huffington Post on Thursday when Jamie Smith, an attorney and mom, wrote that the death of the Supreme Court justice motivated her to join the Satanic Temple.
“I am a 40-something attorney and mother who lives in a quiet neighborhood with a yard and a garage full of scooters and soccer balls,” Smith said. “I often walk with my children to get ice cream and spend weekends hiking through a national park. I am not the type of person who would normally consider becoming a Satanist, but these are not normal times.”
When Ginsburg passed, Smith said she didn’t feel sorrow but rather fear that America is headed toward “theocracy or dictatorship,” writing:
When Justice Ginsburg died, I knew immediately that action was needed on a scale we have not seen before. Our democracy has become so fragile that the loss of one of the last guardians of common sense and decency in government less than two months before a pivotal election has put our civil and reproductive rights in danger like never before. And, so, I have turned to Satanism.
“Satanic Temple” began trending on Twitter as readers reacted to the article. Smith’s self-serious tone was met with conservatives taking the piece incredibly seriously, eager to amplify an article that confirmed the left’s fondness for the Devil himself.
This isn’t satire. This is real.
You think I’m joking when I say they’re working for the devil? https://t.co/KVuchFg9Dm
— An0maly (@LegendaryEnergy) September 25, 2020
Democrats are writing op-ed’s about becoming Satanists to fight pro-life Republicans now. If it wasn’t already explicitly clear to you that this is no longer about policy differences, this should really open your eyes.
This is a battle of good versus evil.https://t.co/8ebyk34sWb
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 24, 2020
Well damn. For serving the Father of Lies this is a hell of a lot of honesty.
"The Death Of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pushed Me To Join The Satanic Temple": https://t.co/2bKMC81WVT pic.twitter.com/qcN4vifW6a
— Micah Meadowcroft (@Micaheadowcroft) September 24, 2020
Unlike what many conservatives seemed to believe, I don’t think this article was a harbinger of the left’s wholesale departure into explicit Satan worship. We should, however, analyze Smith’s argument seriously, as her claims and their implications paint a troubling picture of the dangerous ideology pervading today’s left.
Smith assured her readers that, not to be confused with the Church of Satan, the Satanic Temple doesn’t actually worship him. Most of the temple’s adherents are atheists, viewing Satan as a symbol of rebellion. According to Smith, members reject the supernatural in favor of reason.
Like other religions, Smith said, members of the Satanic Temple adopt a set of beliefs. In this case, it’s seven tenets, which include that people “should strive to act with compassion and empathy” and that “one’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.”
“Reading through the Seven Tenets, I was struck by how closely they aligned with the unwritten code I had used to try to guide my own life for several years,” Smith wrote. “I realized, happily, that these were my people and that I had been a Satanist for several years without even knowing it.”
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Satanic Temple Favors Justice Over the Law
One tenet, in particular, is notable: “The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.” In other words, the law is dispensable in the pursuit of justice — a remarkable statement coming from an attorney. The ends of equity justify the means of tearing down institutions. Sound familiar?
This principle, which the Satanic Temple articulates and Smith affirms, absolves the rioters pillaging America’s cities under the guise of “social justice.” It supports illegal social programs that promote a so-called oppressed group while discriminating against another group. It exonerates election fraud by those who reason that the “fascist” must be removed from the White House by any means necessary. This idea reeks of moral relativism and guarantees lawlessness.
To adopt a tenet such as this is an interesting response to the death of a Supreme Court justice and an interesting way to cope with the fear that one’s legal rights will be infringed. If equity is greater than the law, how does the Constitution fit in? If justice “should prevail over laws and institutions,” there will be nothing left for the Supreme Court, an institution itself, to protect.
The Problem of Religious Freedom for Moral Relativism
Another major problem with Smith’s argument is that she seeks to give religious legitimacy to a group defined by relativism.
Of course, the No. 1 issue for Smith is abortion, or as she euphemistically calls it, “reproductive rights.” Without Ginsburg’s vote and voice on the court, Smith argues, “Roe v. Wade is in imminent danger of being overturned not based on legal arguments or scientific reasoning, but because of religious objections to what is a safe and necessary procedure.”
Therefore, Smith has joined the efforts of the Satanic Temple in bringing lawsuits that demand religious liberty for its members, elevating their open-ended tenets to the same level as firmly held religious beliefs.
“[N]o one should have to follow a law that violates their deeply held religious beliefs,” Smith said. “If a Christian should not have to do so based on their religion, a Satanist should not have to either. This is what equality under the law means on a fundamental level.”
She continued, “There is a real chance that the Supreme Court will be lost for a generation or more to justices appointed for their religious beliefs rather than a deep understanding of the Constitution or a desire for justice to be carried out on an impartial basis.”
Note the logical inconsistency of her arguments. Smith adheres to a set of tenets that rejects the supremacy of law but then bemoans Christians’ use of “religious objections” over “legal arguments.” She then delegitimizes religious protections, but in the same breath demands them for her cult.
These Tenets Belong to the Broader Left
Smith’s biggest problem isn’t that she’s identifying with an organization whose namesake is Satan. Her biggest problem is the complete lack of rationality and consistency in her worldview that claims to be founded on those very things, at the expense of the supernatural. The broader issue, however, is that Smith’s arguments represent the doctrine of the left.
While most leftists aren’t lining up to join the Satanic Temple explicitly, they do subscribe to its tenets. This is obvious in their push for abortion and transgender acceptance, their distaste for the Constitution, and their endorsement of protests-turned-riots.
When justice is more important than the law, and relativism receives religious freedom, the end is anarchy — and that’s a serious problem indeed.