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Detroit Satanist shares beliefs, ambitions: Jex Blackmore, 32, describes The Satanic Temple, a religious group debuting its Detroit chapter Sept. 6, 2014.

A new religious group aims to bring the devil to Detroit.

The Satanic Temple today marks the launch of its first chapter outside New York. But leaders say they don’t worship Satan. They don’t practice cannibalism, or sacrifice people or animals.

“It’s peaceful,” said Jex Blackmore, 32, local leader and part of the temple’s executive ministry. “The idea of sacrifice specifically is to appease some demon or some god, and that’s a supernatural belief that we don’t subscribe to.”

The group’s tenets include free will, compassion toward all creatures, respect of others’ freedom — including freedom to offend — and beliefs supported by scientific understanding: “We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs,” according to the Satanic Temple’s website.

Written by Robert Allen Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
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