The butterfly effect: The slander of The Beast
On 21st November 2018, the Satanic Temple, a religious organisation based in Salem, Massachusetts, settled its copyright infringement claim against Netflix – the group arguing that the streaming platform had unfairly used their sculptural design of the goat deity Baphomet for the series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The Temple were also keen to point out that one of their central missions is to promote compassion and justice in society, and one of their “seven fundamental tenets” is that “The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions” – hence, presumably, the lawsuit.
In DG #33 we traced the origins of the diabolical dispute back through the origins of Netflix, and on through the origins of the Apollo space programme, to a bulldog standing in jars of salty water in 1887. For Baphomet, too, works in mysterious ways.