CBN is reporting that The Satanic Temple (TST) is asking the Texas government to provide the organization a religious exemption from its recent legislation that prohibits abortions once a heart beat is detected.
A heart beat typically shows up within the first six weeks of conception.
The TST allegedly claims that abortions are part of its religious rites and says that the bill restricts their religious freedoms guaranteed under the Texas religious freedom act as it limits members wishing to practice the “satanic abortion ritual.”
TST is using a mechanism in the Act that allows religious organizations to seek exemptions. If Texas refuses, TST has hinted of possible legal action.
The Satanic Temple, headquartered in Salem, Massachusetts, has 300,000 members around the world.
READ: Satanists Say TX Heartbeat Law Restricts Religious Freedom by Limiting ‘Satanic Abortion Ritual’
We read in the book of Ezekiel, that the prophet condemned the Jews who were sacrificing their children to the idol, Moloch.
According to the ancient Greek historian, Diodorus Siculus, Moloch was a large hollow metal idol with its arms stretched out at a bit of angle.
A large fire was built inside and once it was hot enough, children were placed alive on its arms and would roll into the flames. At the moment of the sacrifice, the priests would start the drums and chants to drown out the screams of the children.
But Ezekiel added this interesting point:
37 for they have committed adultery and blood is on their hands. They committed adultery with their idols; they even sacrificed their children, whom they bore to me, as food for them. (Ezekiel 23:37 NIV)
The children were being sacrificed as food for these idols. Food is necessary to keep your strength, so it seems these sacrifices were needed to keep their gods or the demons behind them strong (Deuteronomy 32:16-17).
In 2019, people were outraged after authorities actually set up a replica of a Moloch idol outside the Roman Colosseum as a celebration of Carthaginian culture. It was a replica of the Moloch idol used in the 1914 film, Cabira. RELATED: Moloch statue of child sacrifice on display at Colosseum, holy site for Christian martyrs