April 4, 2016. Conspiracy theories in the 1980s led to irrational fears of the existence of satanic cults that perpetrated horrific crimes that often included outlandish supernatural components. Some licensed therapists capitalized on these narratives and exploited their patients by pressuring them to confabulate false memories under hypnosis. Some people were caused to falsely believe they have endured traumas, and they often implicated family members and friends in these easily disprovable fabrications. Grey Faction staged its first demonstration in San Francisco against the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), an organization that promotes conspiracy theories, the pseudoscience of false memories, and psychiatric abuse in general.
September 26, 2016. In 2001, the Supreme Court ruled in Good News Club v. Milford Central School that schools may not discriminate against religious speech and thereby affirmed the rights of religious organizations to operate clubs on public school premises after school hours. Child Evangelism Fellowship, which mounted the lawsuit, used this ruling to establish hundreds of evangelical after school clubs designed to proselytize to children. In response, The Satanic Temple formed the After School Satan Club (ASSC), to be introduced only in districts where the Good News Clubs operate. The ASSC cannot be legally denied where other religious clubs have a presence.
May 11, 2015. The Satanic Temple filed both state and federal lawsuits against the state of Missouri on behalf of Mary Doe, a pregnant woman seeking an abortion. Missouri law requires that all women seeking to lawfully terminate their pregnancy be given reading material claiming that life begins at conception and endure a 72-hour waiting period between their initial appointment and their actual abortion procedure. TST objects to these restrictions on religious grounds because they violate our belief in the inviolability of one’s body. The lawsuits are supported by the First Amendment’s establishment clause and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
March 16, 2017. The Protect Children Project utilizes the First Amendment to protect public school students from corporal punishment, solitary confinement, physical restraints, and the deprivation of bathroom access, as these abusive practices violate The Satanic Temple’s religious belief of bodily inviolability. When a student registers at protectchildrenproject.com, TST notifies their school board that harming this student would violate their civil rights. A billboard announcing the Protect Children Project was erected in Springtown, TX, where a male assistant principal, Kirt Shaw, brutally spanked two teenage girls despite school rules prohibiting such actions. Michael Kelley, the superintendent of Springtown, lobbied the school board to change the policy retroactively to allow male faculty to spank female students.