Non-profit

The Satanic Temple

Founder:

Douglas Messner

Alias: “Lucien Graves”

Founded:

2019

The Satanic Temple, not to be confused with the Church of Satan, is a semi-religious organization that operates around the United States and stages anti-Christian and pro-abortion protests. The organization was granted tax-exempt status in February 2019, and was founded by atheist activist Lucien Greaves, whose real name is Douglas Mesner. [1] In September 2021, the Satanic Temple announced that it would be taking legal action against the Texas pro-life heartbeat bill, on the grounds that it would limit the religious freedom of its members to perform “abortion rituals.” [2]

In 2019, the Satanic Temple received a $12,597 grant from the Network for Good, a nonprofit software organization that facilities online donations to small and new nonprofit organizations. [3]

References

  1. “Unmasking Lucien Greaves, Leader of the Satanic Temple.” VICE. Accessed September 8, 2021. https://www.vice.com/en/article/4w7adn/unmasking-lucien-greaves-aka-doug-mesner-leader-of-the-satanic-temple.

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  2. Goodkind, Nicole. “Satanists May Be the Last Hope against Texas’s Abortion Bill.” Fortune. Fortune, September 5, 2021. https://fortune.com/2021/09/03/why-satanists-may-be-the-last-hope-to-take-down-texass-abortion-bill/. ^
  3. Return of tax-exempt organization. IRS Form 990. Network for Good. 2019. Schedule I. Line 12681. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/680480736/202011829349300511/IRS990ScheduleI. ^
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