IRS Gives Satanic Temple 'Tax-Exempt' Church Status
Luciferian group says new status will aid pursuit of faith-based government grants
The Satanic Temple has announced it has been designated a church by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) making it exempt from taxes, according to a report from The Washington Times.
The Salem, Massachusetts-based organization gave The Associated Press a notice it received communicating its new tax-exempt status.
The letter uses a unique code that assigns it as a “church or a convention or association of churches.”
The IRS database has now listed the group as a tax-exempt organization.
The IRS is still yet to comment on the news.
The group said their new designation will aide religious discrimination legal cases, but also allow it to pursue faith-based government grants.
But the “non-theistic” group advocates for a stricter separation of church and state.
The group places a statue of the goat-headed creature Baphomet at the Arkansas State Capitol calling for the elimination of a Ten Commandments monument.
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Last year, the Luciferian activist group threatened to sue Twitter on the ground of 'religious discrimination' after its co-founder's Twitter account was suspended due to a viral campaign to burn down its church.
Satanic Temple's co-founder and spokesman, Lucien Greaves, said the Twitter account was permanently suspended without any notice after he responded to a viral Tweet that campaigned for the Satanic Temple to be burned down.
"We're talking to lawyers today," Greaves said Friday as he discussed moving forward with legal action.
The group, last year, claimed an early victory in a case endeavoring to overturn an abortion law requiring women to undergo an ultrasound to hear the fetal heartbeat and wait 72 hours before the procedure.