In the former car manufacturing city of Detroit, the modern definition of a city in rapid decline, goats walk around nervously, as Satanists from oppositional points of view clash on the question of animal sacrifice in Satanism.
Like most issues connected to Satanism the sinister goings on in Detroit is complicated by personality and politics. On one side of the Satanic divide is one of the more successful and pro-active of the chapters of the Satanic Temple, the Detroit Chapter, represented by atheistic-leaning Satanists who oppose animal sacrifice. The opposing side is the pro-animal sacrifice members of the Temple of Satan based in Detroit under the leadership of a well-known colorful character in theistic Satanism called Tom Raspotnik, better known as Tom Blackwood.
Since the Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple was founded in 2014 Tom Raspotnik has been engaged in a highly emotive campaign to discredit them by making various allegations, attracting the attention of lawyers representing the Satanic Temple to issue legal proceedings to curb his notorious habit to try to destroy the reputations of rival Satanic individuals or groups.
The very public clash between the two Satanic groups resulted in an article in the USA Today where Raspotnik put on public record his support for animal sacrifice:
“I’ve also just killed a goat and buried it,” he said. “I just don’t think it’s that phenomenal to eat.”
The media and internet flame war between the two Satanic groups involving allegations of harassment and criminal conduct took a new twist when members of the Satanic Temple started a campaign against animal sacrifice. Attention was drawn to an article in the media of the find of a baby goat that appeared to have been sacrificed and burnt, dumped in a public place in Detroit in August 2014, one month before the USA today article appeared revealing Raspotnik’s interest in sacrificing goats. Members of the Satanic Temple started a petition on change.org against the Temple of Satan sacrificing animals in Satanic rituals, attracting at the time of writing nearly 1000 signatures. Raspotnik responded on his own blog claiming to be a victim of harassment by members of the Satanic Temple, and defending his right to sacrifice animals under US laws, comparing it as no different from eating meat.
Satanicviews considers the sacrifice of animals for religious purposes as backward, offering no tangible advantage to a Satanist. Whilst killing animals to defend the self from harm or for food is justified, the killing of animals on the basis of faith believing that it confers some advantage to the Satanist is a waste of an animal’s life. The ongoing inane arguments between Temple of Satan and the Satanic Temple shows why the individual should seriously think about walking a path without affiliation to Satanic groups.