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The Satanic Temple has urged its constituents in 18 states to challenge anti-abortion laws by claiming such laws violate their religious beliefs as satanists . The Supreme Court upheld a controversial Indiana law that required the burial or cremation of miscarried or aborted fetuses. The bill was signed into law by the governor at the time, Mike Pence. The Satanic Temple will challenge that law. The church issued a statement explaining their decision: “Although the Supreme Court affirmed the right of states to have an interest in the disposal of fetal remains, their ruling allows for objections to the Indiana Law based on undue burden. This law clearly places an undue burden on the religious practices of The Satanic Temple by interfering with burial rites. These traditions have existed since the birth of organized religion. Rejecting our claim would profoundly undermine a basic cornerstone of religious organizations. It would be profoundly hypocritical for any Church that advocates for religious rights not to support our claim. To be clear, members of The Satanic Temple will not be made to pay for these punitive, superfluous, and insulting burials. We claim exemption on religious liberty grounds, and we will almost certainly prevail in the courts if we are forced to fight. It’s time that petty sanctimonious panderers like Vice President Pence, who signed this law as governor, come to realize that religious liberty means freedom from unreasonable government imposition upon religious opinion and practice — not his own ‘freedom’ to impose a […]