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Video: Satanic Temple pours milk over women in ‘prayer’ at anti-Planned Parenthood protest

Ben Johnson

DETROIT, August 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - As countless thousands of Americans rallied against the sale of aborted babies' internal organs this weekend, Planned Parenthood got assistance from an unexpected realm.

Devotees of The Satanic Temple held a counterprotest in Detroit and Ferndale, Michigan.

Satanists, dressed as Christian priests, poured jugs of milk over women, also part of the groups of satanists, who knelt in "prayer," sometimes pouring the milk into the women's mouths in a simulated form of waterboarding.

The women, whose hands were tied by rope, were supposed to represent women oppressed by pro-life laws.

"We consider our action a form of worship," the Satanic cult explained. "Satan is representative of the eternal rebel, enlightened inquiry and personal freedom...So long as perverted theocratic systems of power attempt to manipulate our communities and distort truths for political gain, we will rebel."

The Satanic Temple mustered only a handful of people to hold two counterprotests, out of the hundreds of pro-life rallies nationwide attended by hundreds or thousands.

The well-attended rallies asked federal and state authorities to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading abortion provider, following a string of undercover videos that accuse the industry of harvesting and selling fetal organs and tissue for a profit.

"The current cornerstone of their argument stems from a fabricated, fictional story that clinics 'sell baby parts for profit,'" The Satanic Temple stated. "The August 22nd protest was directly intended to irresponsibly perpetuate this contrived story in an attempt to leverage misunderstanding for political gain and impose the moral opinions of some upon a diverse community."

"We will not remain voiceless when the philosophical and religious opinions of those in power are utilized to legislate morality," the group concluded, arguing that basing laws on morality "violates American foundational values of freedom and liberty."

Numerous writers, including Christian commentator Robert Laurie, questioned whether Planned Parenthood is "proud to have the support of such rarified intellectuals."

Members of The Satanic Temple, led by "Lucien Greaves" (Doug Messner), say the group does not worship or believe in the existence of Satan. However, they established the demonic sect in order to gain the First Amendment's protection of religious freedom for their political views.

Last June, Greaves announced Satanists would petition for a "religious exemption" from pro-life laws, and that it considers gay "marriage" a sacrament.

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Their activism may have been inspired in part by a July 2013 protest, in which a group of abortion supporters chanted “Hail Satan!” while pro-life Christians sang “Amazing Grace” at the Texas statehouse before the passage of that state's ban on abortions for babies capable of feeling pain, after 20 weeks.

Last month, the Satanic Temple sued the state of Missouri over its informed consent law limiting abortion. The cult said that the law, which requires women to wait 72 hours in order to digest scientifically accurate information about abortion's risks and fetal development. "The question of when life begins is absolutely a religious opinion, and the state has no business proselytizing religious beliefs," the cult stated.

However, numerous embryology textbooks and scientific authorities agree that life begins at conception.

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