The Satanic Temple is taking an advertising company to court over its refusal to run billboards touting the group’s “religious abortion ritual,” which it claims help Satanists bypass abortion regulations in some states.
According to Disrn, TST announced last week that it is suing Lamar Advertising in Arkansas state court for religious discrimination.
By categorizing abortion as a religious ritual, TST claims that its followers can claim religious exemption from such state regulations as mandatory waiting periods, counseling, ultrasounds, and more.
In the suit, TST alleges that Lamar refused to run eight billboards in Arkansas and Indiana promoting the “ritual,” which the group describes as a “sacramental act that confirms the right of bodily autonomy.”
TST says in the suit that the group submitted five designs to Lamar to be put up near pro-life pregnancy centers.
In one design, a bowl of cake batter is labeled “not a cake,” while an image of a sperm and egg joining is labeled “not a baby,” declaring that “Our religious abortion ritual averts many state restrictions.”
According to the suit, Lamar rejected the billboards, claiming that their content was “misleading and offensive.”
As we reported back in August, TST ran a sickening raffle with the grand prize being a voucher to cover the expense of an abortion in order to fundraise their “religious abortion” rights campaign.
In the raffle, Satanists could enter to win an abortion voucher worth up to $2,500, a Zoom meet-and-greet with TST co-founder Lucien Greaves, assorted TST merchandise, or a “religious abortion kit” consisting of a TST compact mirror and a ritual instruction sheet.
The minimum donation required to win the free abortion voucher was $200.
Explaining their view of abortion as a religious ritual, TST explains:
The Satanic abortion ritual provides spiritual comfort and affirms bodily autonomy, self-worth, and freedom from coercive forces with the affirmation of TST’s Seven Tenets. The ritual is not intended to convince a person to have an abortion. Instead, it sanctifies the abortion process by instilling confidence and protecting bodily rights when undergoing the safe and scientific procedure.
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