The Story: Last week at the Texas Capitol, pro-abortion protesters shouted, "Hail Satan!" in an attempt to drown out pro-lifers' rendition of "Amazing Grace." But on Twitter the United Kingdom's Church of Satan said it was "Unfortunate to see Satan's name used in such a diabolical manner."
The Background: Texas blogger Adam Cahm, who recorded the video below, says, "For the record: They've been doing this all day, this is just the first time we caught it on video."
After the story broke, the UK Church of Satan tweeted
Unfortunate to see Satan's name used in such a diabolical manner. Another example of what 'Satanism' doesn't represent. #HailSatan
— UK Church of Satan (@UKChurchofSatan) July 3, 2013
They later added:
Why wouldn't Satanism be pro-life? What else is there? We are all free to make choices. Agreeable or not. Everyone is entitled to choice.
What It Means: It's doubtful either the abortion supporters chanting "Hail Satan!" or the Satanists denouncing them believe in the reality of the Evil One. They think the abortion issues is about them, and their choices. But they're wrong: abortion is about God.
As John Piper has explained, the ultimate evil of abortion is not that it kills children or that it damages women—which it does. "The ultimate evil," he said, "is that it assaults and demeans God." But that, he says, "is what the gospel of Jesus Christ is about. How God planned and brought about a plan to forgive people who have committed the ultimate outrage of discounting his glory and treating it as less valuable than their own private preferences."
Piper continues by stating that leaving God out of the picture trivializes abortion.
All things are trivial without God. God is the ultimate reality over the universe. All other reality is derivative and dependent and has no ultimate meaning at all without reference to God the ultimate reality. In him we live and move and have our being. If we leave him out of account, we know
nothing of any lasting significance about ourselves or the world. Therefore the message that I have to give is that abortion is about God. And therefore it is not trivial. . . . The most important things to say about abortion are how it relates to God and how God relates to it.