Co-founder and president Lucien Greaves explained, “As ‘the religious’ are increasingly gaining ground as a privileged class, we must ensure that this privilege is available to all, and that superstition doesn’t gain exclusive rights over non-theistic religions or non-belief.”
While TST is classified as a religion, members do not actually believe in the supernatural or in Satan as a real being. The Satanic Temple is also not the same as the Church of Satan, founded by Anton LaVey.
The Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act (TRFRA), says The Satanic Temple, “provides a mechanism to seek an exemption from any law that restricts the free exercise of religion. Because S.B. 8 imposes an undue burden on the ability of TST members to undergo the Satanic Abortion Ritual, the first step in defending the rights of its members is to seek an exemption under TRFRA. If the state declines to provide such an exemption, TST can then seek judicial relief from the law.”
TST also launched the Satanic Reproductive Freedom Fundraiser and has requested that the FDA allow the group to administer abortifacients without regulating the drugs on the grounds that they are being administered for religious reasons.