Sunshine Coast Satanists Could Teach Kids About The ‘Dark Lord’ If New Laws Pass Parliament
The Noosa 'Temple of Satan' has warned it could use the Religious Discrimination Bill to teach school kids about satanism if the 'waste of time' laws pass parliament.
In its submission on the bill, the group declared it would "aggressively" use the laws if passed and “access all the privileges it guarantees”.
In a statement on behalf of the group, Brother Samael Demo-Gorgon wrote: “Satan has great plans for the future of Noosa and Australia and we intend to use every avenue available to us to reach our goals.”
A Demogorgon is a demon associated with the underworld. It has been used in pop culture recently as a demon prince in Dungeons & Dragons and the antagonist in the Netflix show 'Stranger Things'.
"Simply put Noosa Satanists feel the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill is completely unnecessary and a waste of this Federal Government's time," the statement read.
"Should this parliament vote to enact this legislation then Satanists across Australia will aggressively use this law to ensure that we can access all the privileges it guarantees."
The group listed school breakfast programs, chaplaincy, bands and weekend camps as examples of how it could use its new power -- if the government allows it.
Noosa TOS spokesman Robin Bristow told 10 daily that the group wanted to promote "free thinking and bodily autonomy".
"We want people to think for themselves, we are about freedom and rational thinking," he said.
When asked what the group wanted children and the public to know about satanism, he said: "freedom and knowledge".
The Satanists' letter comes after Scott Morrison released the proposed laws for the second round of public comment. Comment on the bill is open until the end of January.
The proposed laws would make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their religion.
However, there a fears it would mean medical professions could refuse to perform certain procedures, including abortion, on religious grounds and religious organisations could refuse to hire someone of a different faith.
In a statement to Junkee, the TOS claimed it would "open the gates of Hell onto the Streets of Australia," if the bill is passed by parliament.
The Noosa TOS says it is affiliated with Satanic Australia. It does not appear to be associated with The Church Of Satan or the similarly named Satanic Temple.
The TOS lists seven core beliefs on its about page, including; compassion, justice, freedom, autonomy, reason, accountability and wisdom.
According to the Satanic Australia website, satanism includes supporting the removal of religious instruction in public schools.
"We are not a ritual or magic group," the SA website states.
The Noosa TOS submission received a mix reaction online.
While many praised the group for taking a stand against the proposed laws, others poked fun at the submission and some asked whether it was serious.
After sharing its submission, the group suggested its followers meditate to a 'hymn' -- Iron Maiden song Number Of The Beast.
Meanwhile, LGBTQI activist groups have also expressed opposition to the proposed laws and have scheduled a protest outside Sydney's Town Hall on February 8.
The rally organisers claim the proposed laws are an attack on "LGBTQI folk, women, people with a disability, racial, ethnic and religious minorities."