(By Billy Hallowell) In recent years, there’s been a bizarre spike in people openly associating themselves with the Church of Satan. You might be wondering what, exactly, would prompt someone to want to be even remotely associated with pure evil. There’s a key detail that some people might be missing after reading the litany of Satanist-themed news stories that have emerged over

the past few years: While many activists call themselves Satanists, a lot of them are effectively atheists.The Satanic Temple is the group that is perhaps most often cited in news stories for its activities urging the separation of church and state and championing abortion rights, among other issues. On the surface, readers might assume that these individuals are somehow theologically aligned with the devil, seeking to worship the dark side in some overt and flagrant way. READ MORE