Wallace told Jenkins that by whipping up devil-worshipping paranoia, they created the idea that the emerging paramilitary movements and the murder campaigns they were engaged in had unleashed evil forces across Northern Irish society.
“We believe in a metaphorical, literary construct of Satan,” Blackmore said. “He’s a symbol for rebellion, a symbol of human nature, the thirst for knowledge.”
In Mesner’s words, the difference between the Satanic Temple and other places of worship is that it promotes “a distinction between religion and superstition.”
“We don't endorse supernatural explanations of the world. We do, however, have a community that has shared values and aesthetic and symbolic structures and practice that provides all the necessary elements of a religion,” he added.