Satanic Temple says IRS recognizes it as a church, gave it tax exempt status

www.christianpost.com | 4/25/2019 | Staff
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The controversial group the Satanic Temple announced Wednesday that the Internal Revenue Service granted its request for tax exempt status, making it comparable to a church.

In an announcement posted to its Instagram account, the Satanic Temple said they “recently received notice from the IRS affirming our status.”

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“This acknowledgement will help make sure The Satanic Temple has the same access to public spaces as other religious organizations affirm our standing in court when battling religious discrimination, and enable us to apply for faith-based government grants,” stated the group.

Within a day of making the announcement, the Satanic Temple’s Instagram post received more than 14,000 likes, as well as over 1,200 comments.

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The Christian Post reached out to the IRS to confirm the Satanic Temple's status, but the agency did not return comment by press time.

The Satanic Temple was founded in part by Douglas Mesner in 2013, who also serves as spokesperson and goes by the name Lucien Greaves. It's not to be confused with the Church of Satan, which was founded in the 1960s by Anton Szandor LaVey, as the Temple itself clarifies on its website.

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In its FAQ section, the Satanic Temple claims that its members do not “believe in the existence of Satan or the supernatural.”

“The Satanic Temple believes that religion can, and should, be divorced from superstition. As such, we do not promote a belief...
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