A Satanic Temple, a liberal anti-Christian group that self-proclaims to represent “compassion and empathy,” is offering hugs and kisses in exchange for donations that fund two pro-abortion lawsuits filed against the State of Missouri, the International Business Times reports.
“You might want to present a person you approach with a Satanic Valentine’s card as means to courteously explain the event,” the Satanist group told the International Business Times about its efforts to recruit participants.Pledges are granted based on the number of hugs and kisses received by participants on Valentine’s Day, the Libertarian Republic reported. In the example cited in the article, a participant receiving 20 hugs or kisses at a rate of $1 per hug or kiss pledged by the sponsor would generate $20 in donations for the pro-abortion lawsuits. Prizes will be distributed to those receiving the most hugs, kisses and pro-abortion donation money, the group said.
The Satanic Temple, a Salem, Massachusetts-based organization led by Lucien Greaves, is suing to overturn a Missouri law that requires a 72-hour waiting period before an abortion where a woman can view an ultrasound of her unborn baby and hear the fetal heartbeat; the Satanist group also is challenging a law ensuring women receiving literature that states life begins at conception, the report continues.
“They violate our belief in the inviolability of one’s body,” said the Satanic Temple.
“As an adherent to the principles of the Satanic Temple…my sincerely held religious beliefs are…I, and I alone, decide whether my inviolable body remains pregnant,” the group told the Washington Post.The lawsuit is based on a woman known as “Mary Doe,” a Satanist whose attorneys believed these provisions in the state law were “designed to dissuade her from the procedure,” Al Jazeera America reported. Both state and federal lawsuits on religious grounds are pending.
Mary Doe describes the Satanic Temple as “an association of politically aware Satanists, secularists, and advocates for individual liberty” that “makes decisions regarding her health based on the best scientific understanding of the world, even if the science does not comport with the religious or political beliefs of others.” Furthermore, “she alone decides whether to remove human tissue from her body,” the Washington Times reports.