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Forget Democrats and Republicans -- let’s talk about Satan, shall we?

In that way, the Satanic Temple is like a fine sieve through which fundamentalism flows, leaving behind chunks of glaring hypocrisy -- as well as the occasional hint of violence.

Ali Kellogg, chapter head of the Los Angeles branch of the Satanic Temple, said that Temple members are routinely greeted with rape and death threats from members of other religions. A scroll through any comment section of any article about the group reveals a mix of praise, humor, and revulsion.

We’re challenging hateful, bigoted authority that encroaches on people’s personal lives and choices for no reason other than for their personal gain and quest for power -- be it politicians in a theocratic society, or an all-powerful God,” Kellogg said.

“The Satanic Temple is all about diversity, community, mutual respect, altruism, and working with people from different walks of life to make the world a better place.” LA’s Satanists come in all ages, from all backgrounds and income levels, and are, on the whole, pretty friendly (your neighbor might be a Satanist! Kellogg described their meetings like “family reunions,” which typically involve cooking dinner at someone’s house and then hunkering down from some good old-fashioned grassroots organization.

"We have people from numerous ethnic and cultural communities working together,” said Kellogg.

“One of our members, Steve Hill, is launching a program called ‘The Dark Side’ to serve as a gateway for people of color within The Satanic Temple.

"During the Spanish colonial and the Mexican period we lost 90% of the Indians in California," Ron Andrade, director of Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission, told the In a release, the Temple explained its actions: “The Pope's canonization of Serra underscores the hypocrisy of his ‘liberal’ PR campaign in America, an attempt to sway public perception of an organization that still condemns same sex marriage, refuses women the right to govern their own bodies and [has] done little to address the horrific crime of child abuse running rampant in its ranks.” The Temple also appeared in the city of Lancaster, about a 70-mile drive north of Los Angeles, on June 6, 2016 (6/6/16, as it were).

They conducted rituals at five points around the city, enveloping it in an intangible pentagram. Rex Parris, who had declared the city a "Christian community" and opened public meetings with prayer, ruffling the feathers of not just Satanists, but residents of other religions and the ACLU.

If you can look beyond the ornamentation, the enemy of your enemy could be your bloodletting, cowl-wearing friend.

Juliet Bennett Rylah is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles, CA, who, while not a Satanist, enjoys a good ritual every now and again.

The Satanic Temple states that to embrace Satan “is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions.” In 2015, the Temple’s LA chapter conducted a ritual in San Gabriel to "demonize" Junipero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan who, in the 1700s, founded several of the initial California missions.