Satanic Temple and the use of juxtaposition

Juxtaposition is a key quality of humor, achieved by having two things placed or seen together for contrasting impact.  Many onlookers are confused as to the motives or strategies employed by Satanic Temple in their various campaigns, but juxtaposition is often employed with serious objectives at its heart by the group.  A recent example of juxtaposition was when authorities wanted to hand out Christian material to schools in Florida, the Satanic Temple created a juxtaposition of handing out coloring books to promote Satanism to the same schools, forcing the authorities to ban the handing out of all religious material to those schools.

An example of juxtaposition where an advert for junk food is located alongside an advert against obesity.
An example of juxtaposition where an advert for junk food is located alongside an advert against obesity.

The latest use of juxtaposition by the Satanic Temple is to challenge media and mass stereotypes of Satanism as a worldview that harms property and life.  The Satanic Temple now is organized into localized chapters that individually act to local challenges to create media opportunities using juxtaposition.  The Twin Cities chapter of the Satanic Temple under the leadership of John Wreisner held a bake sale to the public where people could try such delights as upside down cross cake.  Cake bake events rarely attract the interest of the media, usually held by community, church or ladies groups, but it gained strong publicity because this time a Satanic group was holding the event; a simple harmless event that contrasted strongly against the stereotype of Satanists holding events involving human sacrifice.

It takes a little leap of imagination of Satanic Temple building upon a bake sale with flower arranging or the recently condemned “Satanic” activity of yoga.  Perhaps children of Satanic Temple members could have lemonade stands? Such activities provide strong juxtaposition, with plenty of media opportunity, a strategy that the Satanic Temple is developing into an art form.

The Twin Cities chapter of the Satanic Temple are also actively pursuing LGBT issues in their local area, and plan to launch a pilot youth program to counter Christian fundamentalist activity in local schools that has apparently caused several student suicides in the local school district.