Contact: OSS Tribunal Council
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15th, 2018
Missouri, St. Louis, Jefferson City, Columbia, Springfield, Joplin, and surrounding areas.
Lilituan Invocation for the 2018 Missouri Special Session
~ Friday, May 18th – 1st Floor Rotunda – 1:30PM ~
The State of Missouri, May 15, 2018 –
The Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae (OSS) will deliver a Lilituan Invocation and ceremonial benediction on the 1st Floor Rotunda of the Missouri Capitol building, this Friday May 18th, 2018, at 1:30PM in the afternoon; to commemorate the opening of the 2018 Missouri Special Legislative Session.
The OSS feels there has never been a more important period in our lifetimes for the marginalized to step forward and make their voices heard. The OSS is delighted to provide their invocation to Missouri legislators in the Capitol Rotunda, though the original request to deliver the House’s opening invocation was on the date of May 3rd, the National Day of Prayer [directed to House Speaker Todd Richardson]. The OSS’s repeated requests to deliver an invocation was never acknowledged, despite having been submitted in a timely manner on April 11th, 2018.
We invite the good people of Missouri, distinguished members of the Press, and especially the members of the Missouri Legislature for whom this sacrament is intended, to be present as these words and solemn wishes are spoken.
“In the spirit of religious plurality, the voices of the religiously marginalized deserve an opportunity to join in the process of Missouri House prayer rituals and ceremony. Our invocation service mission is reflective in nature and is designed to encourage logical thought within the legislative arena. We are delighted to offer this solemn reading to our legislators as part of our meaningful sacramental service work.” – Nikki Moungo, Dame Sister OSS
The Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae (OSS) was founded in February, 2017 as a devoutly feminist, Left Hand Path organization. Although described as a Sorority, the OSS is an egalitarian group which welcomes both female and male members. The OSS is a private “cenobitical” religious Order, dedicated to the literary archetype of Lilith. It is a Missouri, non-profit corporation focused on charitable endeavors.
The “Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae” (OSS) derives its name from Latin, and is translated: “The Order of Satanic Sisterhood”. The use of Latin is a purposeful appropriation from the Roman Catholic Church’s traditions and what the OSS sees as the Church’s self-importance and subsequent overreach.
In the US, Christianity has ever been treated as somehow superior and has enjoyed an undeserved voice in politics which has greatly damaged the progress of this nation. The OSS believes it is unreasonable for those who would attempt to oppress others, to not expect an equal resistance from those they would subjugate. The OSS is not bound to any larger entity, but is a lone enclave of those with shared belief systems based in truth rather than superstition. It is a feminist organization composed of Atheistic Satanists; individuals who have rejected religious superstition, while revering the qualities represented in the literary construct of the archetypal rebel, Satan.
It was originally conceived and developed as a Sorority in direct response to patriarchal cronyism within established Satanic organizations, and their exploitation, objectification, and ultimate abandonment of issues affecting women, particularly in Missouri. However, this sorority determined that none should be excluded from their organization based on gender. It retains the term “sorority” as an indication of its feminist essence, and less as an indicator of any gender predominant membership. The OSS exists as an autonomous entity whose purpose is to confront the arbitrary authority asserted by patriarchal rule at all levels. Within the OSS, it is considered a sacred duty to challenge belief systems and political policies which are harmful to women and damaging to society. Humor is often described as a universal language, and it is through the mocking of arbitrary absurdities and irrational beliefs that the OSS seeks to expose and ridicule those who would assert dangerous stupidities as truths. It is a religious sect whose adherences are social responsibility and political action; specifically challenging those who would legislate their own supernatural religious beliefs into law; at both local and Federal levels.
Their members refer to each other as “Dame-Sisters” and “Knighted-Brothers”, also employing the genderless term of “cenobite” (a member of a religious order). Essentially, they are a monastic organization of politically active and aware cenobites who exist in a truly egalitarian structure; with no one member having power over another, and no hierarchical structure that can be exploited or polluted by persons driven only by ambition. If you are interested in knowing more about “The Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae” you may contact them via Facebook or Twitter.
“May you awaken to the world, and to reason. Ave Lilitu.”
– Benediction of The Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae
Last week on June 14th, Cenobites from the Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae bravely confronted the rising theocracy directly from the front lines in the reproductive rights battle zone that is Missouri, in the State Capitol of Jefferson City. In May of this year, 42 proposed abortion restrictions failed when the Missouri Legislature last adjourned, and we pro-choice advocates are determined to see that it stays that way.
The issues involved in the People’s Special Session, called for by Governor Eric Greitens, are a response to a court ruling on Missouri’s abortion regulations and the repeal of a Saint Louis ordinance that prevents housing and workplace discrimination based on their “reproductive health decisions”. This “emergency” special session is expected to cost the state well over $66,000 of the taxpayers’ money (1). It is costly, unnecessary, wasteful and an outright attack on our reproductive freedom.
Abortion is a constitutionally protected right. In 1973, during Roe v. Wade, the U.S Supreme Court recognized that the constitutional right to privacy extends to a woman’s right to make her own personal medical decisions — including the decision to terminate a pregnancy without interference from politicians. Bodily autonomy is an inherent right which must be respected and protected. Our Order values this as an absolutely inviolable right. An unwanted or forced pregnancy irrevocably denies a woman that very freedom. The current abortion restrictions in Missouri encroach and impinge on our Order’s Satanic religious beliefs, which are also protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Missouri abortion restrictions already in place can be referenced through FindLaw (2).
Missouri legislators have maliciously attacked the right to legal reproductive healthcare through various invasive means via; insurance coverage restrictions, TRAP laws, 20-week bans, mandatory ultrasounds (usually trans-vaginal; which amounts to forcibly inserting a phallic wand in the patient… a form of shaming her by what amounts to being medically raped), waiting periods, and “personhood” measures. Politicians should not be involved in a woman’s personal medical decisions, let alone religiously biased males.
The decision to terminate a pregnancy is a deeply personal and often complex medical decision; one that is never taken lightly. In the US, most abortions occur within the first twelve weeks of gestation; Just over 1% occur after the fifth month. The “pro-life” issue of “partial birth abortion”, a misleading terminology, is already illegal, and therefore irrelevant. Late term abortion is illegal in most states and is almost always the last measure taken.
Government officials have no business or right to force women to complete pregnancies that are not viable. Unconstitutional 20-week bans add unnecessary suffering to an already tragic set of circumstances. These laws of attrition crafted by monotheistic zealots, Evangelical and Catholic extremists who have almost no understanding of anatomy and women’s healthcare, have forced women to carry and birth dead fetuses; what the polite refer to as “stillborn”.
The state of Missouri has larger and more pressing issues facing it. State infrastructure is rapidly deteriorating. We are the only state in the nation that has no Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, and an epic epidemic of opioid abuse and deaths are the result. The expansion of Medicaid has been repeatedly refused, leaving over 300,000 people uninsured. Infant and maternal mortality rates continue to increase (ours is four times higher than the rest of the country). Missouri is also the second hungriest state in the nation, with Conservatives having dismantled many assistance programs like school lunches. Federal monies for Missouri children through TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), have been diverted to counterfeit Christian funded and unregulated “Crisis Pregnancy Center‘s” (CPC’s), who present forced birth as the only choice. St. Louis continually ranks at the top of national sexually transmitted disease lists, thanks in part to abstinence religion based sex-ed (3) and to those who cast non-scientific aspersions upon safe, legal, and heavily regulated reproductive health clinics. Missouri is currently hazardous to all citizen’s health and wellbeing, and deprives us of the right to the pursuit of happiness, and freedom of and from religion has become a thing of the past. A summary of the effects of this legislation by MSNBC can be reviewed below (4).
Governor Greitens says: “I’m pro-life, and I believe that we need to defend life and promote a culture of life here in the state of Missouri.” (5) Make no mistake, nothing in this man’s actions support life. He is pandering to a rabid base of “Dominionist Christians” who believe their faith will one day crush all others (“dominionism” is a movement across several denominations of Christianity, which seeks a return to biblical law and a dismantling of modern life, subjugating all others to their faith). Greitens own faith may be a bit of a head-scratcher in this case. But the contradictory elements are not surprising… asserting falsehoods and simpering to religious zealots quite obviously presents no difficulty for the Missouri governor, once again facing an impending ethics review (6).
During his campaign for Missouri governor, he eagerly accepted a donation of one million dollars from a sexual predator; a man accused of human trafficking, who allegedly spent the last thirteen years raping a young woman whom he held captive (7). Yet Greitens has said he will keep the money because he wants to take a “stand on principle”. He accused the media of siding with other politicians to exaggerate the issue. Not only did Greitens say he will keep the money; he refused to say whether he would refuse future donations from the same individual. At a fundraising event in California, he referred to this monster as a “patriot” (8), and that he (Greitens) was honored to have this man’s support. Greitens isn’t promoting a culture of life. During his gubernatorial campaign, Greitens hypocritically accused his opponent Chris Koster of the very same actions, those he now stands accused of. Greitens is promoting a culture of slavery, rape, and misery by accepting these monies.
A majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade and do not wish to see it overturned. Quinnipiac University and Pew Research have found that 70% are in favor of abortion remaining legal, and support continues to increase. However, Missouri lawmakers are attempting to establish convoluted processes as to what constitutes the reasons for abortion services. Requiring the reporting of abortion services performed (revealing women’s private medical records to legislators) is a violation of personal autonomy, as well as being a rather conniving way of nullifying HIPAA laws (9) and a series of steps which must be taken on the part of the attending physician; steps which serve only to extend waiting periods by requiring a secondary physician’s opinion, and time consuming reporting procedures… not to mention additional monetary costs which are presumably shouldered by the patient. You can read the text of the recently proposed SB5 below (10).
On Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, members of The Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae attended the Missouri Legislature’s hearing for The Committee on Children and Families. The several bills being debated amounted to a total dismantling of the Constitutional rights guaranteed to women by Roe v Wade. During the proceedings, at least three Conservative members of the committee referred to their Christian faith, and that this faith informed their decisions in government (11). Representative Hannah Kelly’s bizarre rant (3:26:10) on HB9 is a twisted conundrum citing both her faith and the Declaration ofIndependence; an argument which she uses to justify discriminating against potential buyers in her work as a residential realtor. Kelly believes it is her right to know the history of an individual’s reproductive choices, and to refuse them service based on that history.
Our Order considers the dominionist’s brand of Christianity to be a death-cult. Those theists obsessed with an afterlife of a “better world”, have fully devalued the world we live in, and care nothing for its demise. It is something they long for dearly. Moreover, it is less this fictional paradise which they pine for, than they wish to see the day upon which the rest of us heathens are thrown into eternal torment and subjected to the tortures of their faith’s imaginary demons and devils.
Rep. Mike Moon wiled away most of the hearing playing around with his phone, or leaving the room during opposing testimony (2:45:12). He fiddled unconcernedly with items on the table before him, and whispered incessantly with fellow Conservatives… waiting only for the chance to speak and hear his own voice. And when that chance came, he spent the time trying to lead a progressive Rabbi into affirming his Old Testament views Rabbi Jonah Zinn’s testimony begins at 2:46:19 and Representative Moon attempts to lay his trap at 3:09:23 (12). Moon paused to complain to Rabbi Zinn, saying: “There are lots of folks who believe the same thing you do, and uh, they are full of hate, and it doesn’t make sense to me.” To our perception, this can be translated: Perhaps you should relax and enjoy it. Don’t speak out, simmer down and accept it; be willing victims of rape by state sanctioned dominionists of Missouri. Mike Moon, if you will recall, is the man who posted a Facebook Live video of himself ripping the head off a chicken and fondling it’s heart, because… abortion. Moon’s video remains available on his Facebook page, see below (13).
The Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae’s “First Great Act” is to Witness. The manipulations of Missouri’s legislature by Dominionist Christians and anti-woman toadies demands such scrutiny for their continual attempts to legislate their anti-woman beliefs. The“Second Great Act” is to Measure; to evaluate the words and deeds of any political act or or social mover, especially theistically motivated oppressors in positions of power. The “Third Great Act” is to Pronounce; to issue and publicize that evaluation so that each misguided, egregious form of harm they have inflicted (or attempt to inflict) is common knowledge. Our opposition are frequently too unaware to be ashamed of themselves, and so we have taken the mantle of responsibility to remind them their oppression of others has been duly recorded and summarily exposed. While our Order holds sacred the duty of exposing and ridiculing the fatuous and fantastical beliefs which lie behind these proposed laws and those who craft them, we can only do so much against a deluge of tyrannical religiously motivated bills being submitted by conservatives, with all the subtlety of machinegun fire. We call upon the people of Missouri and the Nation to help us reveal these quacks, gynoticians, religious zealots, bigoted business owners, and their host of insane believers. Their delusions are a danger to all people of Missouri, and it is true that many besides ourselves have already been fighting them for some time. But more is required. You needn’t join our Order, you need only join the fight. So much is at stake for all of us.
The Dame-Sisters of The Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae
Originally posted on https://medium.com/@SistersSatanic on July 23, 2017.
Sororitatis Satanicae Holidays Observed
“The highest of all holidays in the Satanic religion is the date of one’s own birth.” What a blubbering old fool LaVey was, to stake such a generalized claim on a collective of self-described individualists. It’s no wonder Satanists have experienced trouble with being taken seriously. With my own birthday fast approaching, I thought I’d take the time to set the record straight.
So, what holiday do Satanist’s hold in the “highest regard?” In our sect, it’s any fucking holiday you please. Be it traditional, or transitional and evolving. It could be every damn day. Our philosophy is to celebrate the fact we’re alive with each new day, and to honor our oaths. It’s that simple. Birthdays have many different meanings to our diverse collective, and each perception is respected, as such matters of a personal nature should be. We decide for ourselves.
We celebrate the birthdays of friends, family, and our brethren with respect to their wishes. Yet, as our philosophy implies, we also attempt to celebrate those we cherish every day. It is quite certain all our days are numbered; we just don’t know how many we’ll receive all-in-all. Not until we get there, to The End. Say every hello as if it’s your first, and every goodbye as if it could be your last. Remorse is inescapable, but we attempt to negate it by acting with careful thought, compassion, and ethics in all things. Without evidence, we do not bank on a hereafter themed arena with an above or a below; instead choosing to live the only existence we know for certain we’ll ever have, and, we vow to live this one existence as authentically and ethically as possible. There is no forgiveness for us, no one to save us from ourselves but ourselves (and those we’ve joined with), no savior at the end of a tunnel. There is only what we do in the now.
Noadjudication bequeathed from an aloof supernatural omnipresence, we bear our own crosses. We attempt to make right our wrongs. We are less what we say, more what we do. Of equal importance to acceptance of and pride in self, is in the honest and equitable treatment of others.
Yes, this existence is trying. We will experience betrayals and tragedies. Even so, we should take care not to stand too long at the edge of murky and cleverly smooth nihilistic waters, the abyss belying the truth beneath; there swims the killer of empathy, compassion, and eventually — our humanity. Fear, apathy, cowardice, self-loathing, these elements become a stagnant and foul foam on the water’s surface which begets hate. The eventual injection of this venom onto others is a vile form of self-projection.
Being authentic means being honest with yourself, and with others. Especially if you stand alone and at great odds. It also means we do not offer false promises or manipulate others for personal gain, this is not an act of wiles or cunning, but of cheap deception. Manipulation is a disrespect to the autonomy of others, and by our standard — a default of your own. We’re only as good as our word, and remain leery of those who’ve displayed untrustworthy patterns, offered false promises, or attempted to make no atonement towards those unwilling recipients who’ve tasted their putrid venom.
We take delight in and celebrate several different types of holidays, while some may rejoice in none, or develop their own. Each is free to stake a claim on whatever holiday or holidays they find most inspiring & appealing to them. However, we do often craft together, taking meaning from all active participants, we create new traditions to celebrate with one another, or build upon old ones. With these transformative acts, we solidify our sacred oaths to explore and value this existence, and our vows to one another.
Have not men always sought to either control or destroy those females they deemed “witches”? Not your average Sororitatis, we rejoice to enter this new era, with our Brothers and They by our side, representing a diverse, sincere rallying of equals. Brought together through our shared values and philosophy, our bonds are as deep as family; we are brethren.
Our evolution means the rejection of the old, backwards ways of carnival themed Satanism, developed by narcissistic laden misogynists, those who process ritual as if it contains actual supernatural properties, instead of the gift of inspiration that evolves from collective communion and ceremony. Kool-Aid drinking Social Darwinists who consider empathy beneath them, their fetish is to prioritize and glorify hierarchical powers. Such traits are archaic and foolishly draconian when compared to modern Satanism, and certainly to Satanic feminism.
The last thing our society needs is yet another patriarchal religion (no matter the flavor) placing barriers and restrictions on our personal choices, devaluing our autonomy, practicing objectification, encroaching upon our sovereignty and civil rights in their lust for power, seeking notoriety and personal acclaim; all while fueling the pomposity of overinflated egos. We do not need our roles outlined for us by those who presume to know, yet know nothing, and lack respect for the autonomy and humanity of others. We must all have the courage to separate from traditions that bring harm, to improve upon institutions and processes or develop new ones.
I am happy to Pass Go one more time on the game board of life. With bonbons and wine, I will celebrate those who remain true, those who are new, those who share knowledge, those who create, and those who provide laughter.
It is my birthday after all…
So mote it be! Let us craft together and shape our destinies.
For the Lilitu,
Dame Sister Hel
Dame-Sisters Chhinnamasta and Aligarh
Originally posted on https://medium.com/@SistersSatanic on October 11, 2017.
Note: This article is in response to: http://news.churchofsatan.com/post/166258537007
Stating that one is a Satanist informs nothing. It tells no one anything of importance. Because the world is lazy, because most people would rather be told than seek evidence and answers for themselves… claiming one is a Satanist leads most people to assume certain things which are frequently untrue. No one appreciates having to continually explain themselves. But neither can such an exercise be eschewed; not in defense of position or practices, but because the pervasive default excuse of the masses is “no one told me…”
Satanism belongs to no one. Regardless of how other individuals may react to the Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae, the likelihood is that our former “primarch” is pleased as punch with himself for the fact that TST’s many cracks and breaks have resulted in the birth of separatists and at least two cloisters of individuals who have taken the mantle of cenobitical order.
His study of Neuroscience suggests that he would likely be fascinated by such developments, despite the irritation our existence causes several who remain with him. It’s possible this irritation stems from the imagining that we are reformists. Nothing could be further from our position, though. We have no desire to reform anything of theirs, nor any element or aspect of those with CoS.
But the assertion that one or the other is true Satanism is pointless. Longevity is not legitimacy. Rigid definition de-legitimizes Satanism. Attempting to contain it within a box constructed from absolutes is the pointless arbitration we have all sought to discard and strive beyond.
We women of Missouri would appreciate Satanic men who are not contributing to our fight, to refrain from inserting themselves into the struggles we face in our State, as they have no authority to speak on these things. We tire of men who believe they know better than we, what must be done on these matters. They often reside states-away from here, resting in places of comfort from which they issue lofty opinions on what makes a Satanist. The one consistent thing they are correct about, is that our bodies are our own. Perhaps it would be most appropriate if they stood by ready to aid us in some other way than continually presume to speak for us.
As Satanists, they are of course free to do as they please. But it has ever been a Satanic theme that while one may hold and express any opinion they wish, if it is not tempered with knowledge and experience, it is little more than noisome garbage.
The OSS purposely chose Lilith as its archetype of “Primacy”, with the figure of Lucifer as only secondary and supportive, rather than central. The Left Hand Path belongs to no movement, temple, enclave, or church. Our chosen path rests among the battles for female autonomy in our small patch of the world. Small yes, but the number of women damaged by the policies we struggle against is not.
These are not figurative victims. They are real casualties. We provide aid and comfort to them. We perceive in our fight for their right to govern their own bodies, an enemy who echoes the arbitrary, dictator god of Christianity. And there is no hyperbole in that summation, as those responsible for these policies and laws are avowed “Dominionist” Christians. It is their position that women are no more than incubators for future Christian soldiers. Their tactical bent is to outbreed everyone else. Even children given up for adoption are seen as a part of this plan. Adoption services in this country favor religious, particularly Christian households, as does the foster-care system. The roots of the problem are deep. And chaining women to unwanted pregnancies under the guise of enforcing personal responsibility is merely a cloak for the rabid religiosity beneath. But it boils down to more men attempting to tell us who we are, and who we are not.
Perhaps it would be best, instead of chiming in and continually speaking over us, to ask us what we need in this fight. If aid is the aim of other Satanists, it might be better to approach as an ally than with an air of authority or a would-be sage. We are wary and weary of patriarchal assertions. It is Lilith and her children, the Lilitu, which stand upon the front-lines of this… supporting longstanding warriors like NARAL and Planned Parenthood of Missouri in a battle that has been raging for years. It is womankind bolstered by its dedicated male brethren in this fight, and we have neither need nor respect for the armchair Satanic strategist who feels they know better than we, yet refuses any meaningful contribution beyond disturbing the air in front of their faces.
The brand of Satanism which devalues all others, which cares nothing for the fate of others, has no dog in this fight. If they care so little for what happens to the rest of us, then perhaps it would be best for all of us if they stayed out of this completely. From within the cocoon of “Social Darwinism”, what value does any issuance from their mouth or pen have? If they care so little, why make the effort to be heard?
The reason lies couched in this: ego will not permit them to be silent. Their privilege as men informs them falsely of entitlement. Again, they may speak and write as they wish, but their own philosophy kills any worth their opinion of our struggles might carry. If it is so beneath them, why speak to it at all?
Note: This article is in response to: http://news.churchofsatan.com/post/166258537007