This piece is mostly just for posterity and for me to record my thoughts; it is not meant as a finished article centered on an argument or issue.
I’ve been a vocal advocate and member of The Satanic Temple here at Medium and elsewhere online, as well as participating in actions at the street level in my local chapter. But I have decided to part ways with my former religious group. Why? The short answer is that I believe Religion is Politics, and my politics and that of The Satanic Temple are unaligned such that retaining my membership in the organization of late has given me cognitive dissonance to the point of unproductive distraction.
Maybe it was always the case that these differences were there, and I just didn’t see it. Maybe TST changed. Maybe I changed. Regardless, I have no interest in going to war over these differences or getting into protracted debates about principle and practice; The Office of Satanic Research will continue to operate in its own little corner of Hell.
I still feel very much connected to my fellow local Satanists and am not discarding the mantle of Satanism, because I think it is an important piece of the conversation that can be had without specific institutional branding or banners. When I have referred to the bond among Satanists as religious and familial, I wasn’t kidding.
I agree with a lot of what TST is doing and wish them luck in the fight against overreach from the religious right, but it is a fight I will have to pursue in my own way.