Satanists are calling on a conservative Christian senator to protect the sale of gay singer and songwriter Lil Nas X’s ‘Satanic’ shoes in Australia.
The Noosa Temple of Satan is calling on Nike to immediately suspend its legal action against internet collective MSCHF and their Lil Nas X Satan shoes, which are allegedly infused with blood and sell for more than $1,000.
The shoes became available this week, following the release of the number-one hit ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’, which features a controversial video in which the 21-year-old rapper lap dances for Satan.
The black and red shoes were produced in a limited run of 666 pairs, but a temporary restraining order by Nike has been granted to prevent sales, according to The Verge.
Nike did not instigate legal action against MSCHF when it produced a similarly unauthorised Jesus shoe in 2019, which featured a crucifix zipper and frankincense and supposedly contained holy water from the River Jordan.
A representative of the Noosa Temple of Satan said that the unlikely best hope to save the Satanic shoes in Australia is Queensland Liberal National Party Senator Amanda Stoker, due to her dedication to presenting the proposed religious discrimination bill to parliament.
While the Temple is opposed to the bill, it said it would use any new laws to fight religious-based discrimination, including stopping Nike from discriminating against Lil Nas X’s Satanic footwear.
According to the Noosa Temple of Satan, the double standard of allowing the Jesus shoe but not the Satan shoe would be a form of discrimination prohibited under the proposed bill.
The bill defines discrimination as treating someone “less favourably than the person treats, or would treat, another person who does not have or engage in the religious belief or activity”.
“If Amanda Stoker’s bill becomes law, then we will also be able to claim there has been discrimination against the religion of Satanism and take real action against Nike,” said Brother Samael Demo-Gorgon in a statement.
“It is probably surprising to many people, including Amanda Stoker herself, that a conservative Christian Senator from Queensland could become the saviour of Satanic shoes.”
Advocates have fought the bill since it was proposed because it would permit refusal of services such as healthcare to marginalised groups including the LGBTIQ+ community, women, people with disabilities, and religious minorities in the name of faith.