Jex Blackmore and the Unreligious Revolution

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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.
2 comments on "Jex Blackmore and the Unreligious Revolution"
  1. Upon reading her experience with abortion, Blackmore sounds more open as a person than I would have thought. I would caution anyone, however, against holding Satan/Lucifer up as any kind of beacon for liberty. Satan represents all evil: every innocent slaughtered, every being abused, every group oppressed. He loves chaos, lies, pain, confusion. Even if one doesn't believe in him, they should know what he represents. Blackmore and her group promoted a film that had witches as the villains, women who slaughtered babies, children and any adults who stood in their way, and she did so while claiming she doesn't believe in the supernatural and that the film represented fighting patriarchy or something similar. Except patriarchy in this case was one literal father, and his wife and almost all of his children fell with him; the murder in the film was never symbolic. In our liberated times, even with the increasing atheism and moral ambiguity, horror movies have ironically in the last ten years or so begun to really portray the darkest of the paranormal world, showing Satan worshipers and minions to be relentless, terrifying and very oppressive. In short, they're showing the real stripes of the Beast. I would recommend people interested in justice and freedom look at this carefully, and stay very far away from him or his name as any representative for their cause.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. But unfortunately, I think you are missing the mark here. The film that you are referencing, The Witch, is not to be taken at face value. You speak of the symbolism in the movie, but don't go into detail about what it actually means. The film isn't about "witches" as villains or even witches at all in essence. The film is a very stylized and allegorical depiction of what it is like to go from girl to woman. The patriarchy in the film is actually NOT the father, but every character and the setting of the film as a whole. Also, I think you have misused the term "Satan Worshipper" here, because those who follow Satanism do not worship Satan as a deity.
      Thank you again for your comment, and for being willing to engage in conversation about topics you feel strongly about. Here is a link to a great read about the movie "The Witch" that I think you might find interesting and helpful:https://www.marieclaire.com/culture/a19362/the-witch-review/

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