The Satanic Temple Is Now A Recognised, Tax-Exempt Religion In The US

The Satanic Temple has become the first-ever Satanic organisation to be recognised by the US Federal Government and receive tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The organisation posted on their Instagram account that they recently received notice from the IRS affirming their status.

The Temple posted that the IRS acknowledgement ensures that their community has the "same access to public spaces as other religious organisations" and they can battle religious discrimination as well as apply for "faith-based government grants".

A search of the IRS database confirms that the Satanic Temple is registered in Massachusetts and is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.

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The Satanic Temple was established in 2013 and are not proponents of worshipping Satan per se but rather use Satanic worship as a mode of Atheism and humanist philosophy.

They also unquestionably exist as an antagonistic, troll movement against radical Christian organisations in the US such as the Westboro Baptist Church.

The Temple have used their religious weight to fight for matters that have been dominated by far-right Christian organisations. For example, they have filed lawsuits challenging abortion restrictions in Missouri on the basis that Satanism views one's body as "inviolable" and advocate passionately for the bodily autonomy of pregnant women. 

Baphomet figure and children at The Satanic Temple Rally for Religious Freedom, Arkansas. Source: Arkansas Times.

On their website, they assert that their mission is to "encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will."

The Temple has seven fundamental tenets that include concerns with justice, compassion, empathy, free will, freedom, scientific understanding, rectifying mistakes, and nobility of action and thought.