Today I was using our Twitter account, @satanicadelaide (Follow us) and I saw something odd. The Satanic Temple’s official Twitter account, which I had always known as @satanicpsalms was now @satanic_temple_. My first thought was “That is a better name, though it could do without the underscores”; my second thought was “Hang on, how did they manage that?” See, I hadn’t manually followed @satanic_temple_, yet I was still following them. After some googling, I realised that you can actually change your Twitter username relatively easily; I expected it to be a lot harder.
My next immediate question was what became of the @satanicpsalms Twitter account; this is where things begin to get interesting! It appears that it became a Twitter account run by a theistic satanist.
However, the thing that caught my attention was that link: satanictempleinternational.com (Not to be confused with satanictempleinternational.org, which is an EU based non-theistic organisation.) Upon following the link, I was brought to a website that looked eerily familiar: The Satanic Temple (TST)’s really old website from January of 2013. It expressed theistic views that were backed up in a video of early TST members praising Rick Scott for allowing prayer in schools.
What, exactly, is going on here, and whether it is at all related to the recent break-off group — Satanic Temple International, isn’t really clear, but it does raise questions about who exactly is controlling the @satanicpsalms account and what they plan to do with it.