It is often on the wave of success that the individual or group become vulnerable to conceit, with disaster soon to follow. It would appear after a tsunami of success the Satanic Temple has suffered some fracturing with the unholy partnership of atheism and theism ending through leaders Brian Werner, a theist, and Doug Mesner, an atheist, ending with Werner quitting the Satanic Temple at the end of December 2014.
In his video on his resignation Werner was modest in his criticism of the current direction of the Satanic Temple, but revealed two significant issues within the Satanic Temple. The first issue was that the Satanic Temple has begun to jettison its inclusive approach of inviting Satanists from all backgrounds to join it, and has become a totally atheistic Satanic group, which sits awkwardly with its claim to be a religion for the purposes of US laws against discrimination. The second issue, and one that could potentially destroy the Satanic Temple, is the failure of democracy in the group, with one unnamed female individual, possibly the head of the Detroit Chapter, becoming the defacto decision maker on who becomes a leader of the chapters without consultation to leaders or fellow members, leading to concerns of lack of quality control.
Werner initially challenged the new direction that Satanic Temple was headed, but was brushed aside, with Mesner appointing lawyers in an attempt to make Werner sign a non-disclosure agreement.
Werner claimed that other key members would also be quitting the Satanic Temple, though to date the resignations have not impacted the Satanic Temple in either the media or public perception. The Satanic Temple has remained silent on the fracturing of their membership.
It is the nature of the Satanist to be an individual, to take only those actions that serves their own ends, it is therefore with little surprise that yet another Satanic group has fallen to hubris and tyranny. It will be interesting to see how the events of the last month will impact the momentum, if at all, of the Satanic Temple in 2015.
The Brian Werner resignation video is as below: