Whenever religious people in the US claim some privilege for themselves, unbelievers like us warn them that they would not like it if the tables were turned and minority religions take advantage of those same privileges. It turns out that our friends at the Satanic Temple (the ones who proposed putting up a Satanic statue on the Oklahoma state capital grounds) are the ones taking the lead on this, taking steps to advance their religion using the same legal arguments that Christians have used in achieving their recent victories.
For example, take the recent US Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision that said that religious owners of companies could exempt themselves from the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) that required employer-based health insurance plans to provide contraception coverage. Because of course we know that every sperm is sacred, every sperm is great, and if a sperm is wasted, god gets quite irate.
The Satanists have issued a press release that their members should be exempt from state-mandated laws that require certain types of counseling before receiving an abortion because their religion requires them to work only with the best available scientific medical facts and not those based on politics. They have provided a letter that women can present. The letter states in part:
I regard any information required by state statute to be communicated or offered to me as a precondition for an abortion (separate and apart from any other medical procedure) to be based on politics and not science (“Political Information”).
This letter constitutes my acknowledgment that you have offered Political Information to me. I reject that Political Information because it offends my sincerely held religious beliefs. Please attach this letter to any forms you are required to keep regarding my informed consent.
The doctor-patient relationship is built on trust. I trust that you will honor my religious beliefs and keep me fully and accurately informed of my health based on science, not politics. I further trust that you will not deny me medical care because of any inconvenience my religious beliefs may cause to your ability to provide me with your best independent medical judgment.
The Satanists are not stopping there. They are also taking advantage of a recent school board decision in Orange County, Florida that allowed for the dissemination of religious material in public schools by saying that they too will provide “pamphlets related to the Temple’s tenets, philosophy and practice of Satanism, as well as information about the legal right to practice Satanism in school” to the school district and expects them to follow their own policies and distribute the material to all pupils.
The Satanists want to make it quite clear that a secular public sphere is what they prefer and that they would not demand the right to proselytize their religion in these ways if not for the fact that supporters of other religions have compromised that secularity.