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Satanic Temple Wins IRS Recognition as an Official House of Worship

  • Salem-based group no longer required to file returns with IRS
  • GOP wants repeal of rule banning politics in worship places
Lucien Greaves stands outside the Salem courthouse.
Lucien Greaves stands outside the Salem courthouse.Photographer: Josh Reynolds for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Many Americans regard paying taxes as a necessary evil. If they want to worship Satan, now the IRS has officially given them a tax-exempt place to do so.

The Internal Revenue Service has granted the same non-profit status given to churches, synagogues and mosques to The Satanic Temple, an organization in Salem, Massachusetts, that calls itself America’s first devil-worshiping church. It is now protected by federal laws governing churches that operate as charities.