'Empathy'-Focused Satanic Temple Gives Money to Grads Through 'Devil's Advocate Scholarship'



While the temple is commonly mistaken for the Church of Satan, The Satanic Temple does not worship Satan or believe in "the supernatural."

According to its website, The Satanic Temple encourages "benevolence and empathy," advocates for "common sense" and opposes "injustice." The organization also urges "noble pursuits."

Malcolm Jarry, the founder of The Satanic Temple, told CNN that 50 applications have already been received for the grant.

Jarry said he created the scholarship after receiving a message from a high school student asking for a letter of recommendation for a religious scholarship. When the student didn't receive it, Jarry saw it as an "opportunity to offer our own scholarship" that reflects the temple's principles.

"In addition to promoting our values by honoring those who engage in pro-social rugged individualism, the scholarship allows students a rare opportunity to be critical of an institution that only rewards sycophantic adulation," Jarry told CNN.

Being "critical of an institution" is one of the two prompts the temple encourages candidates to explore for the scholarship's application. Applicants can either discuss how they've lived up to the temple's "tenets and mission," or "describe in detail any one of the teachers who crushed your spirit, undermined your self-confidence, and made you hate every minute you were forced to be in school."

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