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CNN's Lisa Ling explores Satanism and LGBT equality

"This is Life with Lisa Ling: The Satanist Next Door,", premieres tonight on CNN at 9 pm., and will feature the people who wish to use Satanism as a form of religious weaponry against Judeo-Christian beliefs in American society, therefore fighting for civil equality.

Surprisingly, this also includes one LGBT supportive mother who is tired of the oppression Christian values can wreak upon the community.

She became interested in the group when her gay son took his own life because of the "imposition of Christian values" at his school.

The un-named mother also sees the Satanists as defenders of civil rights because they are inclusive of all other groups and advocate for equality.

In a promo for her show, Ling appeared on CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin to discuss the topic and clarify exactly what Satanists believe.

“More than anything, they really are kind of a political action group,” she told Baldwin, “and they exist to protest the imposition of what they say are Judeo-Christian values on our political system, in our politics, and in public life.”

Ironically, one Satanic Temple member, Michael Mars, explains that the group doesn’t actually believe in Satan, but only uses him as a concept.

“The snake itself is to be representative of Lucifer when he chose to lead man to knowledge in the Garden of Eden. We support the idea of Lucifer as a metaphorical figure and his influence on man.”

In yet another promo for the show, Ling sits down with the grieving mother who blames Christianity for the death of her son.

“Your son is one of so many gay kids who have committed suicide or died as a result of…pressure from communities for being gay. Do you blame the church?” Ling asks.

“Oh yes, absolutely, I blame any religion that thinks they can dictate not only our marital laws, but who you love,” responds the tearful mother. “There are a lot of people hurting because of these Christian precepts. I don’t want any more kids to have to go through what he went through.”

She continues to tell Ling that after reading the temple's tenets, she was even more enthusiastic about joining because they embody everything she feels society should advocate.

There are seven fundamental tenets to the Satanic Temple:

One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.

The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.

One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.

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.

Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.

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.

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.

In another surreal twist, Mars says that the group actually celebrates Christmas.

"I personally just view it as more of a time to be with my family," he told Ling. "I feel like everyone should have the right to celebrate their religion, but every voice has to be heard."

Ling might be hoping to expose a little light on the subject of Satanism, breaking a preconceived notion that they are all animal sacrificing, heavy metal listening kids rebelling against the status quo.

But some critics feel that given the time of year, CNN should not have aired this topic so close to the holidays.

Conservative online publication Progressives Today writes in relation to the topic:

“This Christmas related CNN report about the Satanic Temple of Detroit is absurd and insulting to the intelligence of the American people. Satanists celebrate the birth of Christ, now? Who knew?

The reporter, Lisa Ling, does defend America as a Judeo-Christian country at one point, but don’t be fooled. The subject of this report wasn’t chosen randomly.”

Whether the Satanic Temple has all of its well-intentioned convictions in place, and the mother of the gay son who died by suicide is looking for a political support group, the promos for the show do not address the many Christian Churches who support the LGBT community.

Organizations such as The Disciples of Christ and San Diego’s Mission Gathering who in their identity statements tout the inclusion of all into their congregation.