The Satanic Temple Sues for Copyright Infringement
The Satanic Temple — the technically non-religious group whose goal is to tamp down religious expression through ridicule — is now the object of ridicule itself, as it sued Netflix and Warner Bros for using an apparent copy of its Baphomet statue:
The organization filed a complaint Thursday saying its copyrighted statue design, known as Baphomet with Children, appeared without its permission in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a new streaming series released on Netflix last month.
Notably, the organization explicitly stated what the purpose of the statue is:
TST [the Satanic Temple] designed and commissioned the TST Baphomet with Children to be a central part of its efforts to promote First Amendment values of separation of church and state and equal protection…
In other words, it isn’t religious iconography. The problem, you see, is The Satanic Temple has used the religious angle to try to get its Baphomet statue erected alongside other religious symbols (ie, the Ten Commandments). But by outright admitting they’re just trying to make a point, they’ve negated their own constitutional argument.
(Previously, The Satanic Temple created a statue and then tried to get a small town to pay for it — because they’re so fringe it was going to be “difficult” for them to find a use for it.)
They’re also coming across like clowns, with their own supporters questioning the decision to sue as petty and missing the point.
Last week, the suit was settled under confidential terms.
It’s telling that those who oppose public displays of religion — which are constitutionally protected — have to make something up in order to be offended. And the point of their fiction isn’t to exercise, celebrate, or promote liberty — rather, it’s to try to stigmatize that exercise of liberty by others.
In other words, rather than exercising their own freedom, they’re trying to eliminate other’s.
That’s known as “we’re not happy until you’re not happy”.
It’s childish, petty, and vindictive. And it is shockingly devoid of American values.