Jex Blackmore and the Unreligious Revolution

Monday, February 6, 2017


I have been a lifelong Atheist, and there was never any mention of God or religion in my house growing up.  We celebrated Christmas out of convenience and I'm sure my parents would have heard an earful once we started school if we didn't engage in the seasonal holidays, but that was really the extent of it.  I didn't learn the biblical stories and icons that everyone thinks of as common knowledge until much later in life.  I was raised a feminist, to believe that a woman's body is hers to do with what she pleases and that religion should be kept out of the government.

I have a Sigil of Baphomet tattooed on my stomach, an inverted cross in more than one place on my body, and have been an avid Black Metal fan and scholar for years.  I identify with a "left-hand path" and this is why I see myself in Jex Blackmore. 

I first heard of Blackmore when she documented her medical abortion day by day and shared it with the world, which she called "Unmother."  What courage, I thought, to have the confidence and feeling of duty to other women who have had this experience or didn't get to make this choice for themselves.  I did some research about Blackmore, and discovered someone after my very own heart.

Blackmore is the National Spokeswoman for the Satanic Temple.  She is an artist, activist and one hell (pun intended) of a force to be reckoned with.  Blackmore lives in Detroit, rides a motorcycle, and is a big time advocate for women's rights and human rights. 

Sanctions of the Cross, courtesy of jexblackmore.com


In 2016 she performed "Sanctions of the Cross" in which she marched through Ann Arbor with a crown of thorns and carrying a literal cross on her back.  This was in protest to an anti abortion protest at Planned Parenthood, and the ridiculous political mandates force on women who want access to abortion.  I'm sure we all saw the Baphomet statue floating around Facebook.  The Satanic Temple was responsible for erecting this larger-than-life occult figure flanked by two frolicking children in response to the 10 Commandments monument in Oklahoma City, where it was originally supposed to be displayed.  The unveiling ceremony, organized by Blackmore, was the largest Satanic public event in history.

Baphomet Statue unveiling ceremony, courtesy of jexblackmore.com


Most recently, Blackmore is funding a 24 hour documentary that explores the state mandated mandatory waiting periods forced upon women who want abortions.  These wait periods often involve women staying in motel rooms in strange cities, while they wait for their procedures.  27 states currently impose these wait periods, and in the wake of our new "President," it becomes increasingly important to draw attention to these oppressive laws force upon women.  This film is going to be made to be shown in public places, to remind us that these woman are women that we know, maybe even us ourselves. The project was funded by donations in which donors would receive t-shirts with "END FORCED MOTHERHOOD" printed on them and bumper stickers that read "AMERICA IS NOT A THEOCRACY" (I proudly received both).  Production for the film began on January 16th. 

In this increasingly turbulent, and terrifying time in America, it is important to recognize figures like Blackmore, who advocate for women's rights in time when they are in danger of being taken away and in a country where religion and government is becoming alarmingly intertwined. 

Thank you Jex Blackmore, for standing up for women and humans in America, and being a figurehead of the Unreligious Revolution.

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