Satanic Documentary Shown at Local Theatre Ruffles Religious Feathers

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By Lauren Bray

A new documentary exploring the Satanic Temple and its followers has debuted at the Riviera Theatre, much to the dismay of a local religious leader.

"Hail Satan?", directed by Penny Lane that premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival, follows The Satanic Temple's origins and grassroots political activism. Lane aims to show these Satanists as hard-working activists striving to preserve the separation of church and state in the face of religious hypocrisy.

In a recent review, The New York Times described The Satanic Temple as "basically the Yes Men with an ethos, using humor and outrageous behavior to call attention to hypocrisy, particularly when it comes to incursions of religion into the public sphere."

The film's trailer focuses on the State Capitol in Arkansas where a Christian Ten Commandment monument was erected on government land while Satanists counterargued for an eight-foot statue of the goat-headed deity Baphomet, for equality's sake. 

On Monday, Santa Barbara International Film Festival Executive Director Roger Durling sent out his weekly email detailing new films at the Riviera Theatre. 

"‘Hail Satan?' is a richly entertaining film on the Satanic Temple’s exploits. This light-footed movie challenges our preconceived notions of its subject with a smart, witty and at times hysterical dispatch from the front lines of the fight for social justice. You might think you may be watching a Christopher Guest mockumentary," wrote Durling.

Father Larry Gosselin of Old Mission Santa Barbara wrote to Durling asking that the film be removed and not shown in our community, as reported by KEYT.  

"Without knowing this film personally, I feel I can safely and assuredly say, that the foundational aspects of this movie, and all that it represents, has its source in the powers of darkness.  From my standpoint, as a religious leader, I have first-hand experience in dealing with those involved and influenced by satanic worship.  I can assure you, that unless one has seen the effects that this involvement does bring onto those, who even innocently dabble with "powers of darkness," one has no idea what destructive outcomes can, and will, ensue with the ignorance of what may be seen initially to be enticing and innocent, at first sight, the effects are not innocent but gravely harmful," wrote Gosselin.

He continued by stating the film will be "greatly devastating" to the community which he says is based on his personal experience with "what lies in darkness and its power."

The film will continue to show at the Riviera Theatre through Thursday with additional screenings on Saturday and Sunday.

In the meantime, no one tell Father Larry about the new Sabrina the Teenage Witch series on Netflix, this updated and darker reboot will not be his cup of tea.


Lauren is a member of the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com. She believes in equality for all, the first amendment, and the separation of church and state... so she might be a "Satanist."

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Roger Apr 30, 2019 08:19 PM
Satanic Documentary Shown at Local Theatre Ruffles Religious Feathers

As far as other News Outlets getting the story before me Very Good that was my goal from the beginning of my writing for Edhat that the news outlets would get a move on and put out news that wasn't being mentioned. Those other News Outlets have real journalists The Palm is the greatest and a very nice guy....I like what I do I like being the little guy I don't mind being last and after all these years as I slow down I have nothing to be ashamed of I did good, I did a good thing in my life and I don't need any ones approval...

a-1556677428 Apr 30, 2019 07:23 PM
Satanic Documentary Shown at Local Theatre Ruffles Religious Feathers

Wow some of these comments really explain why we are in such dark times. More importantly, this post smacks of mocking this priest who probably most - including Ms. Lauren of Edhat - don't even know very well if at all, and who probably do way less for this community than he does. Such disrespect and meanspiritedness, so much for allowing others their views. I won't miss Edhat - it's been behind the news anyway - we've had several events here involving police and nothing on here - Roger sleeping at the wheel I guess - wasn't even on the Scanner Reports. The lightning/thunder the other night didn't even make it on here until the next day - KEYT and other outlets were on it, including the Palm - he reported on what was going on here too. Nothing to miss here! Edhat is slacking off and if this constitutes news well, time to say bye Felicia!

SoapBox Apr 30, 2019 07:44 PM
Satanic Documentary Shown at Local Theatre Ruffles Religious Feathers

You won't be missed. The dear father opened himself to mocking ridicule when he commented publicly about something which he had not even seen firsthand. That would be like me railing against the local mission church for their years of institutional physical and sexual abuse of young boys, harboring of known pedophiles, or obstruction of justice by destroying and concealing evidence, without having experienced it myself. Oh, wait...

SoapBox Apr 30, 2019 07:09 PM
Satanic Documentary Shown at Local Theatre Ruffles Religious Feathers

Larry seems to think that this movie is about an organization that worships false deities, believes in supernatural evil, corrupts society with archaic dogma and seduces our youth into wildly inappropriate behavior. That movie is called "Spotlight".

REX OF SB Apr 30, 2019 06:22 PM
Satanic Documentary Shown at Local Theatre Ruffles Religious Feathers

{Gosselin} continued by stating the film will be "greatly devastating" to the community which he says is based on his personal experience with "what lies in darkness and its power." ————HAHAHAHAAAA! Oh, my sides! The good padre needs to look no further than his own church to find "what lies in darkness and its power."

SBHope Apr 30, 2019 05:04 PM
Satanic Documentary Shown at Local Theatre Ruffles Religious Feathers

Larry, by your own admission you have no knowledge of what this film or group is really about. I would strongly suggest that before requesting that something be banned you first have some awareness of the subject.

Please watch the film and review the seven fundamental tenants of The Satanic Temple. If after that you still have an opinion to share I would be very open to hearing it.

Having been raised Catholic but having also long since found that group out of synch with my views and beliefs I am open to other perspectives.

I saw this film and found it more hopeful than all the sermons I listened to as a boy growing up.

Thank you Roger for bringing this film to Santa Barbara. I for one greatly appreciate that you did.

a-1556667341 Apr 30, 2019 04:35 PM
Satanic Documentary Shown at Local Theatre Ruffles Religious Feathers

From Wikipedia.... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Satanic_Temple

The Satanic Temple has seven fundamental tenets:

1. One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.
2. The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
3. One's body is inviolable, subject to one's own will alone.
4. The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo your own.
5. Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.
6. People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.
7. Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.
________ They appear to be a very reasonable bunch!

Bene May 01, 2019 01:55 AM
Satanic Documentary Shown at Local Theatre Ruffles Religious Feathers

Well, 664, if wikipedia says all there is to satanism are these admirable tenets, it must be true. Um, not. What you have described might possibly describe secular humanism or something like that.
But not satanism. Missing from your rendition is the fact that satanists worship, um ...satan. You know, the "god of this world." Satan is a me-first kind of guy. Those saccharine tenets you wrote down don't even begin to do him justice.

Roger Apr 30, 2019 04:22 PM
Satanic Documentary Shown at Local Theatre Ruffles Religious Feathers

The Satanic Church recently was given tax-exempt by the IRS and recognized as a Church like other religious institutions...The Satanic Church has just as much right to exist as any other faith. I am a Pastafarian myself in my off time I enjoy listening to Black Sabbath....

Roger Apr 30, 2019 04:38 PM
Satanic Documentary Shown at Local Theatre Ruffles Religious Feathers

On the contrary our Souls have been scorched by the Catholic Church and their stand on Child Molestation! and The So Called Christian NAZI party of America with their UNacceptence of Human Beings Unlike themselves...Everyone is different yet some of us are not allowed to Coexist unless we drop our drawers and turn the other cheek or hate our brothers and sisters who are different than ourselves...Satanists are a refreshing faith to Coexist with those of us who accept them. It's your choice, Ramen.

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