Satanists do not worship the devil as a person, and are more about "community activism and individual freedoms" than wearing black clothes, listening to death metal music or sacrificing animals, claims broadcast journalist Lisa Ling in her documentary series on CNN.
One of the most interesting things about the Satanic Temple is that they don't worship Satan, says Ling, who features the Detroit chapter of the controversial group on her CNN documentary-series, "This Is Life with Lisa Ling," which airs on Wednesdays.
"People need to realize that the Satanic Temple is a group that doesn't worship any kind of deity," Ling says, according to The Detroit News. "They just use the most controversial figure in the world to represent their religion and their political movement." more >>
A Wisconsin-based atheist group has demanded that a Tennessee police department discontinue a program that encourages people to pray for specific law enforcement officers.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter last week asking the Johnson City Police Department to stop its "Adopt a Cop" program.
Written by FFRF staff attorney Andrew Seidel to Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois, the letter argued that "Adopt a Cop" violated the Establishment Clause. more >>
The University of Mississippi has denied that it's censoring an annual campus Christmas celebration because of it being "too Christian."
Various publications, including Breitbart, have reported that Ole Miss had changed the name of its annual "A Grand Ole Christmas" to "Hotty Toddy Holidays" because the former was "too Christian."
In a statement released Wednesday, university officials denounced the claim of anti-Christian sentiment, claiming that initial reports on the reasons for the changes were taken out of context. more >>
The Michigan Supreme Court decided Wednesday that it would hear arguments on whether it should intervene in a dispute between a Grand Rapids church and its former pastor who claims he was illegally removed from his post.
The now defunct Pilgrim's Rest Missionary Baptist Church started falling apart in 2011 when the church booted the Rev. Arthur Pearson for embezzling church funds.
At issue now, however, is whether he can contest his dismissal in court or whether the Constitutional separation of church and state means the courts will have to just stay out of it, according to Mlive.com. more >>
The Chinese government's crackdown against Christian churches has reportedly continued, with authorities shutting down a church in the Guizhou province where a pastor cared for orphans, the sick and elderly.
"Most of our congregation was very upset," pastor Su Tianfu Su of Huoshi Church in Guiyang, told Voice of America News on Thursday.
"We feel we're a faithful group, which has done nothing but a lot of charitable work in Guiyang by reaching out to those in need, including orphans and the sick and the elderly." more >>
A Christian law group has said that it will be fighting "anti-Christian" and "Satanic expositions" during the Christmas season this year.
The Thomas More Society said that it will focus on defending the rights of Americans to display Nativity scenes at public forums, despite opposition from atheist groups, which tout separation of church and state.
"Anti-Christian, anti-Christmas rhetoric and Satanic expositions merely serve to provide sharp emphasis by means of their stark contrast with the positive, uplifting, hopeful and joyous message of Christmas," said Tom Brejcha, Thomas More Society President and Chief Counsel. more >>