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'Hail Satan?': Documentary Examines Protest Group That Bedevils Religious Conservatives

The film spotlights the Satanic Temple, an organization that stages wry publicity stunts to underscore the separation of church and state. The doc "makes for an electric modern theological debate."
Hail Satan? skimps on some devilish details, but as a profile of the Satanic Temple's efforts on behalf of the First Amendment, it's infernally compelling. Source: Magnolia Pictures

When they write the bible on the great trolls of history, the Satanic Temple should be on the cover. Founded in 2013 as a poke in the eye of religious conservatism, the organization has since transitioned into a fully sincere spiritual movement itself, one advocating principles of nonviolence, religious pluralism, scientific inquiry, individual liberty and garb. To date, the temple has attracted thousands of members worldwide, people who see themselves as outcasts disillusioned by traditional spirituality but still

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