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By Cameron Sheppard
WNPA News Service 

Amid protesters, Satanists meet on Capitol steps

 

March 11, 2020

Cameron Sheppard, WNPA

HOSTILE COMPANY: Satanic ritual marchers were met by Christian protest and prayer last Friday at the Capitol.

Congregants from the Seattle-based Satanic Temple of Washington drew a crowd of prayerful onlookers last Friday as they hoisted their pentagram and conducted a satanic ritual at the state Capitol.

Christian groups and followers caught wind of the Satanist celebrants and showed up to sing and pray.

Some younger Christians held a sign that read "Satan has no rights."

Satanic Temple affiliates, such as Justin Harvey-John Ashby, said their event was about promoting religious plurality. He said he believes satanic beliefs have been misunderstood and viewed as "grossly perverse," and that their primary values are empathy, reason, bodily autonomy, and justice.

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