Who is behind America’s After-School Satan clubs?

Over the last few weeks, American media have reported proposals by an organization called The Satanic Temple to offer “After School Satan Clubs” at public schools where Christian after-school “Good News Clubs” are operating. This, of course, drew vigorous protests from Evangelicals. It is, however, important to understand the context, who Greaves is, and what are his real motivations.

At the beginning of 2013, a page was created on Facebook called “The Satanic Temple” to recruit amateur actors for a documentary on a new form of Satanism. The project was the brainchild of Douglas Mesner, who used the pseudonym Lucien Greaves, although he later claimed that the Satanic Temple “was actually conceived of independent from me by a friend and one of his colleagues.”