‘Hail Satan?’ Director: ‘This Movie’s Confused a Lot of People in a Really Cool Way’

‘Hail Satan?’ Director: ‘This Movie’s Confused a Lot of People in a Really Cool Way’
When director Penny Lane began filming “Hail Satan?,” she knew the title would confuse some people. But the film is not about devil worshippers — it’s about the political origins of the nontheistic religious group The Satanic Temple, and the activists in its membership who are trying to point out hypocrisy in American politics.

The group staged its first rally in 2013 in support of a bill signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott that allows students to read self-chosen inspirational messages at school events without input from school administration. The group made national news yet again when it petitioned for a Baphomet statue to be erected at the Arkansas State Capitol near a statue of the Ten Commandments — again highlighting the lack of separation of church and state.

“The Baphomet campaign crystallized the movement in a way that was really kind of like, ‘we’re on track, this is who we are,
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