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With unprecedented access, HAIL SATAN traces the rise of The Satanic Temple: only six years old and already one of the most controversial religious movements in American history. The Temple and its enigmatic leader Lucien Greaves are calling for a Satanic revolution to save the nation's soul. But are they for real?
Quite an interesting documentary but let's be honest here, to believe in Satan you therefore have to believe in the idea of God and the followers of The Satanic Temple are merely a bunch of atheists looking to have some fun.
If anything it's about the need for connection and believing in something greater than oneself. These guys don't believe in Satan. They just want to be different. That just want to challenge the status quo, as is embedded in certain parts of America.
While I am personally an atheist, I do think it's a little disrespectful to make fun at someone else's beliefs. Would the same people mock followers of Islam or Buddhism? I think not. Christianity has become a soft target. And while many bad things have been done in the name of organised religion, including horrendous abuses by priests and the like, for the most part, Christians are decent people.
I do quite like the charismatic figures at the centre of this documentary and also believe that this following is made up of decent people. But let's not kid ourselves. There's not a real Satanist amongst them.
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