In an article for Vice, Satanic Temple founder Lucien Greaves claimed that he wouldn't be surprised if more than half of the group's members were LGBTQ because of the Temple's "radically inclusive space."
Greaves, the co-founder of the Satanic Temple, claimed that because the Temple doesn't "have strict separations or definitions of our gay membership, our trans membership, or anybody else," he "wouldn't be surprised if more than half identify as such."
On Monday, Vice claimed that "the Temple is a haven for smart people with complicated identities that promotes benevolence and empathy."
Director of the Temple's headquarters based in Salem, Massachusetts, said, "Queer is an extra layer on top of being gay just like Satan is an extra layer on top of being an atheist. You can be both."
Greaves himself recently spoke with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, and explained the result of the Temple attempting to place a statue in honor of veterans in a public park in Belle Plaine, Minnesota.
The monument, was aimed to “honor” U.S. veterans, Greaves said.
After striking down the monument — and all personalized monuments — a statement from the park read:
"The debate between those communities has drawn significant regional and national attention to our city, and has promoted divisiveness among our own residents. While this debate has a place in public dialogue, it has detracted from our city’s original intent of designating a space solely for the purpose of honoring and memorializing military veterans, and has also portrayed our city in a negative light.”
Greaves, however, was displeased at the council's decision to ban the monument.
"If you look at the monument, it’s very respectful, it’s irreverent, very sober. A simple monument, really. [It’s a monument] for veterans.”
He continued, “This was first, and foremost, something to honor veterans, veterans who have fought and served; all veterans. Not all veterans are Christian, not all veterans are Satanists, but they did fight for pluralism and they did fight for free speech. And to that end, it’s nice to know that we can preserve those values.”
Greaves concluded the Carlson interview by saying, "We’re a very growing population and we should defend pluralism and free speech. We can’t allow America to divide itself into regional theocracies.”