The Satanic Temple


Douglas Messner

Alias: “Lucien Graves”



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]


  1. “Unmasking Lucien Greaves, Leader of the Satanic Temple.” VICE. Accessed September 8, 2021.


  2. Goodkind, Nicole. “Satanists May Be the Last Hope against Texas’s Abortion Bill.” Fortune. Fortune, September 5, 2021. ^
  3. Return of tax-exempt organization. IRS Form 990. Network for Good. 2019. Schedule I. Line 12681. ^
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