While evangelical conservatives have been celebrating their victory in this Supreme Court ruling, it has now prompted similar lawsuits from the opposite end of the religious spectrum — and even satanists.
It seems of all sources, new litigation may be forth coming from an organization of satanists or satan worshipers known as the “Satanic Temple”. They are planning on using the recent Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby to argue for their own sense of “religious freedom”, making the case that their members who seek abortions in states that have state-mandated informed consent laws that require women considering abortions to read pro-life material, should be exempt from doing that based on religious grounds.
The “pro-life” literature that is required reading by those seeking abortions in the 35 states that currently have “informed consent laws”, try and link abortions to different forms of breast and ovarian cancers and suggest that it also leads to something called “post abortion syndrome”, a supposed mental condition that has not been medically recognized by legitimate members of the medical community. And according to Satanic Temple followers, their beliefs are solely “based on scientific medical facts regardless of the religious or political beliefs of others”. And because some of the findings in state required “pro-life” literature is not based in scientific fact, that their members should be exempt based on “religious freedom.”
Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves is very optimistic in their chances of getting a favorable ruling for their “religious freedonm” argument. “While we feel we have a strong case for an exemption regardless of the Hobby Lobby ruling,” he said, “the Supreme Court has decided that religious beliefs are so sacrosanct that they can even trump scientific fact. This was made clear when they allowed Hobby Lobby to claim certain contraceptives were abortifacients, which in fact they are not.”
While nothing has been decided yet in this case, it seems that a Pandora’s Box of new “religious freedom” cases and arguments and exemptions based on religion is now open and may be flooding our courts in the coming years.
Hopefully they keep it up, and show Hobby Lobby why the separation of church and state is so important.
By Susie Madrak — December 3, 2014