Lucien Greaves

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Lucien Greaves
Greaves at SASHAcon in March 2016
Other namesDouglas Mesner
Alma materHarvard University
OrganizationThe Satanic Temple

Lucien Greaves, also known by the pseudonym Douglas Mesner, is a social activist and the spokesman and co-founder of The Satanic Temple.[1][2][3] Greaves has appeared in numerous media outlets and has made televised appearances on the Fox News Network.

Early life and education[edit]

The Massachusetts Hall at Harvard University, Greaves' alma mater

Greaves was born in Detroit, Michigan.[3] He studied neuroscience with a speciality in false-memory syndrome[4] and graduated from Harvard University.[3]


Greaves has spoken on the topics of Satanism, Secularism, and The Satanic Temple at Universities throughout the United States,[5][6][7] and he has been a featured speaker at national conferences hosted by American Atheists,[8] the American Humanist Association,[9] and the Secular Student Alliance.[10]

The Satanic Temple[edit]

Greaves has been instrumental in setting up the Protect Children Project, the After School Satan project, and several political demonstrations and legal actions designed to highlight social issues involving religious liberty and the separation of church and state.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Greaves says he has received many death threats, and deliberately does not use his legal name, to avoid threats to his family.[3]


  1. ^ Miller, Matt (November 21, 2015). "Why the Satanic Temple Is Opening Its Doors to American Muslims". Esquire. Hearst Magazines. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  2. ^ Bugbee, Shane (July 31, 2013). "Unmasking Lucien Greaves, Leader of the Satanic Temple". Vice. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d "Lucien Greaves of the Satanic Temple". Detroit Metro Times. May 27, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "A Satanic panic over church and state in Hail Satan?". Georgia Straight Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly. May 1, 2019. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  5. ^ "Lucien Greaves, "The Satanic Temple and the Law" - University of Chicago Law School". Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  6. ^ "'Satan at CU?' Student group brings Satanic Temple leader to Boulder campus". Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "Satanic Temple co-founder promotes respect, secularism - The Utah Statesman". Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  8. ^ "American Atheists Tackles Bible Belt for 2015 Convention - American Atheists". September 16, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  9. ^ "Lucien Graeves". Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  10. ^ "Lucien Greaves - Secular Student Alliance". Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  11. ^ Oppenheimer, Mark (July 10, 2015). "A Mischievous Thorn in the Side of Conservative Christianity". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  12. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (May 6, 2015). "Satanists Support Abortion Rights, Conservatives Freak Out". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 8, 2017.

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