We have seen that Jex Blackmore has accused the Satanic Temple of of being racist and sexist while also claiming that she and other women in the group have been sexually harassed by members of the cult. Yet apparently, her article was not good enough for some Satanists. When Blackmore posted a link to her article in Medium on her Facebook page, she received the following comments.
Gwendolyn Jaye Tomasina Lesch wrote:
Over a year and a half ago, the St Louis Chapter demanded ethics reform on the part of the National Council and Executive Ministry. Their response was to arbitrarily abolish our chapter. The members of the St Louis Chapter responded by forming an autonomous organization. It’s amazing to me that it took a year and a half for you to react to the ethical quandaries and individual maliciousness of NC members when you were fully aware of how they gagged “Mary” and prohibited her from speaking to other members (just ordinary members!) of TST. They barred her from seeking the comfort of connection with other members of their religion.
Then there was the National Council member who threatened to feed false information to police in an attempt to have one of the St Louis Chapterheads swatted.
I’m sorry. But your late reaction to something you were well aware of over a year ago doesn’t sit well. It shouldn’t sit well with anyone who knows how long this has been going on for… And it’s been quite a while.
Nikki Olden Moungo then replied:
As if D) all of the above wasn’t bad enough Gwen, you left out the part where one National Council member was reported for telling a chapter head he “didn’t give a fuck about dead gay kids or trans issues” and how that chapter head was basically excommunicated for whistleblowing on this National Council Member, by the National Council. Or, the part where a potential KC chapter head was rejected because of his ties to a students for peace in Palestine org & labeled a terrorist, even though a council member stepped forward and declared they were also a member of this org. There’s plenty more the hard drive sitting in my safe can easily verify.
Satanist Emma Story posted a link to her article explaining why she is leaving the Satanic Temple. It seems to mostly center around the Temple hiring Marc J. Randazza of Randazza Legal Group where she raises an interesting point:
The other major point that keeps getting brought up in discussions of Randazza is the fact that he has offered to represent TST pro bono, meaning no valuable resources would be diverted from other campaigns. I agree that this is a rare opportunity, one that I wish TST were given more often. But since this is in fact the case, I have to wonder why so much of TST’s messaging to members and the general public about the Twitter lawsuit has focused on a need to raise funds. I’ve gone back and re-read a lot of this material over the past few weeks and have come to the conclusion that this misdirection is deliberate, and I object to it in the strongest possible terms.
Yet despite all of this smoke, The Friendly Atheist likes to promote this group as a bunch of people concerned about too much litter on the highways. Go figure.