This issue of A Public Witness treks to the Hawkeye State to consider a recent stunt by the Satanic Temple and what options are available beyond endorsing Christian Nationalism (or Satanic Nationalism).
The Satanic Temple is what, on the internet, they call a “troll”: a spoof meant to raise hackles and call attention to potential loopholes in religious freedom laws designed to benefit the Christian right. Its most recent triumph was convincing the Internal Revenue Service that
(RNS) — The Satanic Temple announced this week that the IRS now recognizes it as a church. As courts wrestle with the First Amendment implications of what is — and isn’t — a religion, scholars who study religion agreed that the term is slippery.