A Modern Declaration of Independence: Refusing the Pyre
The “Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae” (OSS) derives its name from Latin, and is translated: “The Order of Satanic Sisterhood”. The use of Latin is a purposeful appropriation from the Roman Catholic Church’s traditions and what the OSS sees as the Church’s self-importance and subsequent overreach.
In the US, Christianity has ever been treated as somehow superior and has enjoyed an undeserved voice in politics which has greatly damaged the progress of this nation. The OSS believes it is unreasonable for those who would attempt to oppress others, to not expect an equal resistance from those they would subjugate. The OSS is not bound to any larger entity, but is a lone enclave of those with shared belief systems based in truth rather than superstition. It is a feminist organization composed of Atheistic Satanists; individuals who have rejected religious superstition, while revering the qualities represented in the literary construct of the archetypal rebel, Satan.
It was originally conceived and developed as a Sorority in direct response to patriarchal cronyism within established Satanic organizations, and their exploitation, objectification, and ultimate abandonment of issues affecting women, particularly in Missouri. However, this sorority determined that none should be excluded from their organization based on gender. It retains the term “sorority” as an indication of its feminist essence, and less as an indicator of any gender predominant membership. The OSS exists as an autonomous entity whose purpose is to confront the arbitrary authority asserted by patriarchal rule at all levels. Within the OSS, it is considered a sacred duty to challenge belief systems and political policies which are harmful to women and damaging to society. Humor is often described as a universal language, and it is through the mocking of arbitrary absurdities and irrational beliefs that the OSS seeks to expose and ridicule those who would assert dangerous stupidities as truths. It is a religious sect whose adherences are social responsibility and political action; specifically challenging those who would legislate their own supernatural religious beliefs into law; at both local and Federal levels.
Their members refer to each other as “Dame-Sisters” and “Knighted-Brothers”, also employing the genderless term of “cenobite” (a member of a religious order). Essentially, they are a monastic organization of politically active and aware cenobites who exist in a truly egalitarian structure; with no one member having power over another, and no hierarchical structure that can be exploited or polluted by persons driven only by ambition. If you are interested in knowing more about “The Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae” you may contact them via Facebook or Twitter.
“May you awaken to the world, and to reason. Ave Lilitu.”
- Benediction of The Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae
Last week on June 14th, Cenobites from the Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae bravely confronted the rising theocracy directly from the front lines in the reproductive rights battle zone that is Missouri, in the State Capitol of Jefferson City. In May of this year, 42 proposed abortion restrictions failed when the Missouri Legislature last adjourned, and we pro-choice advocates are determined to see that it stays that way.
The issues involved in the People’s Special Session, called for by Governor Eric Greitens, are a response to a court ruling on Missouri’s abortion regulations and the repeal of a Saint Louis ordinance that prevents housing and workplace discrimination based on their “reproductive health decisions”. This “emergency” special session is expected to cost the state well over $66,000 of the taxpayers’ money (1). It is costly, unnecessary, wasteful and an outright attack on our reproductive freedom.
Abortion is a constitutionally protected right. In 1973, during Roe v. Wade, the U.S Supreme Court recognized that the constitutional right to privacy extends to a woman’s right to make her own personal medical decisions — including the decision to terminate a pregnancy without interference from politicians. Bodily autonomy is an inherent right which must be respected and protected. Our Order values this as an absolutely inviolable right. An unwanted or forced pregnancy irrevocably denies a woman that very freedom. The current abortion restrictions in Missouri encroach and impinge on our Order’s Satanic religious beliefs, which are also protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Missouri abortion restrictions already in place can be referenced through FindLaw (2).
Missouri legislators have maliciously attacked the right to legal reproductive healthcare through various invasive means via; insurance coverage restrictions, TRAP laws, 20-week bans, mandatory ultrasounds (usually trans-vaginal; which amounts to forcibly inserting a phallic wand in the patient… a form of shaming her by what amounts to being medically raped), waiting periods, and “personhood” measures. Politicians should not be involved in a woman’s personal medical decisions, let alone religiously biased males.
The decision to terminate a pregnancy is a deeply personal and often complex medical decision; one that is never taken lightly. In the US, most abortions occur within the first twelve weeks of gestation; Just over 1% occur after the fifth month. The “pro-life” issue of “partial birth abortion”, a misleading terminology, is already illegal, and therefore irrelevant. Late term abortion is illegal in most states and is almost always the last measure taken.
Government officials have no business or right to force women to complete pregnancies that are not viable. Unconstitutional 20-week bans add unnecessary suffering to an already tragic set of circumstances. These laws of attrition crafted by monotheistic zealots, Evangelical and Catholic extremists who have almost no understanding of anatomy and women’s healthcare, have forced women to carry and birth dead fetuses; what the polite refer to as “stillborn”.
The state of Missouri has larger and more pressing issues facing it. State infrastructure is rapidly deteriorating. We are the only state in the nation that has no Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, and an epic epidemic of opioid abuse and deaths are the result. The expansion of Medicaid has been repeatedly refused, leaving over 300,000 people uninsured. Infant and maternal mortality rates continue to increase (ours is four times higher than the rest of the country). Missouri is also the second hungriest state in the nation, with Conservatives having dismantled many assistance programs like school lunches. Federal monies for Missouri children through TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), have been diverted to counterfeit Christian funded and unregulated “Crisis Pregnancy Center‘s” (CPC’s), who present forced birth as the only choice. St. Louis continually ranks at the top of national sexually transmitted disease lists, thanks in part to abstinence religion based sex-ed (3) and to those who cast non-scientific aspersions upon safe, legal, and heavily regulated reproductive health clinics. Missouri is currently hazardous to all citizen’s health and wellbeing, and deprives us of the right to the pursuit of happiness, and freedom of and from religion has become a thing of the past. A summary of the effects of this legislation by MSNBC can be reviewed below (4).
Governor Greitens says: “I’m pro-life, and I believe that we need to defend life and promote a culture of life here in the state of Missouri.” (5) Make no mistake, nothing in this man’s actions support life. He is pandering to a rabid base of “Dominionist Christians” who believe their faith will one day crush all others (“dominionism” is a movement across several denominations of Christianity, which seeks a return to biblical law and a dismantling of modern life, subjugating all others to their faith). Greitens own faith may be a bit of a head-scratcher in this case. But the contradictory elements are not surprising… asserting falsehoods and simpering to religious zealots quite obviously presents no difficulty for the Missouri governor, once again facing an impending ethics review (6).
During his campaign for Missouri governor, he eagerly accepted a donation of one million dollars from a sexual predator; a man accused of human trafficking, who allegedly spent the last thirteen years raping a young woman whom he held captive (7). Yet Greitens has said he will keep the money because he wants to take a “stand on principle”. He accused the media of siding with other politicians to exaggerate the issue. Not only did Greitens say he will keep the money; he refused to say whether he would refuse future donations from the same individual. At a fundraising event in California, he referred to this monster as a “patriot” (8), and that he (Greitens) was honored to have this man’s support. Greitens isn’t promoting a culture of life. During his gubernatorial campaign, Greitens hypocritically accused his opponent Chris Koster of the very same actions, those he now stands accused of. Greitens is promoting a culture of slavery, rape, and misery by accepting these monies.
A majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade and do not wish to see it overturned. Quinnipiac University and Pew Research have found that 70% are in favor of abortion remaining legal, and support continues to increase. However, Missouri lawmakers are attempting to establish convoluted processes as to what constitutes the reasons for abortion services. Requiring the reporting of abortion services performed (revealing women’s private medical records to legislators) is a violation of personal autonomy, as well as being a rather conniving way of nullifying HIPAA laws (9) and a series of steps which must be taken on the part of the attending physician; steps which serve only to extend waiting periods by requiring a secondary physician’s opinion, and time consuming reporting procedures… not to mention additional monetary costs which are presumably shouldered by the patient. You can read the text of the recently proposed SB5 below (10).
On Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, members of The Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae attended the Missouri Legislature’s hearing for The Committee on Children and Families. The several bills being debated amounted to a total dismantling of the Constitutional rights guaranteed to women by Roe v Wade. During the proceedings, at least three Conservative members of the committee referred to their Christian faith, and that this faith informed their decisions in government (11). Representative Hannah Kelly’s bizarre rant (3:26:10) on HB9 is a twisted conundrum citing both her faith and the Declaration ofIndependence; an argument which she uses to justify discriminating against potential buyers in her work as a residential realtor. Kelly believes it is her right to know the history of an individual’s reproductive choices, and to refuse them service based on that history.
Our Order considers the dominionist’s brand of Christianity to be a death-cult. Those theists obsessed with an afterlife of a “better world”, have fully devalued the world we live in, and care nothing for its demise. It is something they long for dearly. Moreover, it is less this fictional paradise which they pine for, than they wish to see the day upon which the rest of us heathens are thrown into eternal torment and subjected to the tortures of their faith’s imaginary demons and devils.
Rep. Mike Moon wiled away most of the hearing playing around with his phone, or leaving the room during opposing testimony (2:45:12). He fiddled unconcernedly with items on the table before him, and whispered incessantly with fellow Conservatives… waiting only for the chance to speak and hear his own voice. And when that chance came, he spent the time trying to lead a progressive Rabbi into affirming his Old Testament views Rabbi Jonah Zinn’s testimony begins at 2:46:19 and Representative Moon attempts to lay his trap at 3:09:23 (12). Moon paused to complain to Rabbi Zinn, saying: “There are lots of folks who believe the same thing you do, and uh, they are full of hate, and it doesn’t make sense to me.” To our perception, this can be translated: Perhaps you should relax and enjoy it. Don’t speak out, simmer down and accept it; be willing victims of rape by state sanctioned dominionists of Missouri. Mike Moon, if you will recall, is the man who posted a Facebook Live video of himself ripping the head off a chicken and fondling it’s heart, because… abortion. Moon’s video remains available on his Facebook page, see below (13).
The Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae’s “First Great Act” is to Witness. The manipulations of Missouri’s legislature by Dominionist Christians and anti-woman toadies demands such scrutiny for their continual attempts to legislate their anti-woman beliefs. The“Second Great Act” is to Measure; to evaluate the words and deeds of any political act or or social mover, especially theistically motivated oppressors in positions of power. The “Third Great Act” is to Pronounce; to issue and publicize that evaluation so that each misguided, egregious form of harm they have inflicted (or attempt to inflict) is common knowledge. Our opposition are frequently too unaware to be ashamed of themselves, and so we have taken the mantle of responsibility to remind them their oppression of others has been duly recorded and summarily exposed. While our Order holds sacred the duty of exposing and ridiculing the fatuous and fantastical beliefs which lie behind these proposed laws and those who craft them, we can only do so much against a deluge of tyrannical religiously motivated bills being submitted by conservatives, with all the subtlety of machinegun fire. We call upon the people of Missouri and the Nation to help us reveal these quacks, gynoticians, religious zealots, bigoted business owners, and their host of insane believers. Their delusions are a danger to all people of Missouri, and it is true that many besides ourselves have already been fighting them for some time. But more is required. You needn’t join our Order, you need only join the fight. So much is at stake for all of us.
The Dame-Sisters of The Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae
References for New Declaration of Independence