There are seven fundamental tenets

Seven Tenets

  • 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




3 thoughts on “There are seven fundamental tenets”

  1. I have thought about Satanism, and I personally cannot respect the fourth tenet of that the ability to offend must be protected. It implies that people like me who deviate from the norm in some way such being black, LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse, or whatever else, is fair game. I’m not black, but I am autistic and do question my sexuality, and have received so much abuse for it.

    1. The fourth tenet is not about the right to discriminate against minorities or other persecuted groups. It’s best understood in the context of heresy and free thought. From the Membership page on the site: “In addition to upholding the tenets and mission of the national organization, TST NYC as a local chapter is committed to maintaining an environment of respect and support both at in-person events and online. Misogyny, transphobia, racism, anti-semitism, ableism, or bigotry of any kind have no place in TST NYC.”

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