A man potentially facing perjury charges over a legal bid to have Satanism taught at Queensland schools has emerged from court smiling, saying: ‘Satanists always tell the truth’.
Noosa Temple of Satan founder Robin Bristow has been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions and Queensland Police for allegedly lying in his testimony.
Mr Bristow – who also calls himself Brother Samael Demo-Gorgon – faced a Brisbane Supreme Court judge on Friday to explain why he should not be prosecuted.
Robin Bristow, who also goes by the name of Brother Samael Demo-Gorgon when in costume, could face prosecution after being accused of lying in a bid to get Satanism taught in schools
After an August 2021 hearing, Justice Martin Burns dismissed the temple’s application to challenge the state government’s refusal to let the group offer religious instruction at schools before taking aim at Mr Bristow.
Justice Burns said he had no doubt parts of Mr Bristow’s affidavit were untrue.
Mr Bristow was asked to show cause why he should not be referred to the DPP and police but he did not offer any submissions on Friday.
‘We do not resist,’ said defence barrister Chris Wilson acting for Mr Bristow.
Noosa Temple of Satan member Trevor Bell (pictured left) backed the truthfulness of the group’s founder Robin Bristow (right) after a judge referred him for possible perjury charges
Mr Bristow emerged from court all smiles after Justice Burns referred documents including affidavits and a transcript of his evidence to the DPP and police to consider whether criminal action be pursued.
‘Satanists always tell the truth,’ he said.
‘Satanists have great plans for the future of Australia.
‘Hail Scott Morrison and hail Satan.’
Temple member Trevor Bell launched the application, asking the court to set aside the Queensland government’s decision that the Noosa group created in 2019 was not a religious denomination or society.
Robin Bristow, here seen posing while adopting the guise of Brother Samael Demo-Gorgon, says that Satanists ‘have great plans for Australia’
The temple had earlier notified four schools – Centenary and Sunshine Beach state high schools as well as Tewantin and Wilston state schools – of its intention to provide religious instruction.
The group claimed it aimed to ‘provide students with information about the religion of Satanism, including belief in Satan as a supernatural being, the canons of conduct and the tenets’, according to court documents.
Mr Bell backed Mr Bristow’s decision not to show cause on Friday.
‘This was not the forum to be discussing the ins and outs of why Robin is innocent of perjury,’ he said outside court.
‘It was perfectly normal and appropriate to say to the judge ‘if you want to refer this matter, do it’ because the merits of that will be discussed somewhere else.
‘In terms of Mr Bristow’s evidence, I can assure you it was entirely truthful.’
Mr Bell has not ruled out appealing his application’s dismissal by Justice Burns, who described the attempt to get approval to deliver Satanic school lessons as ‘nothing more glorified than a base political stunt’.
‘I have 28 days to decide whether to appeal. I am considering that,’ Mr Bell said.
‘In the judgment His Honour indicated that he thought the application was to some extent a waste of resources – with respect, I would disagree.’
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has changed his mind on his council chambers having a prayer room after The Noosa Temple of Satan attempted to book it to hold a Satanic blessing
On Thursday, the Satanists celebrated forcing Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate to rename a recently instigated ‘prayer room’ and close it to public access.
The ABC reports that a disused council chambers office was turned into a prayer room in March, which prompted the Noosa temple’s attempt to book it for a Satanic blessing.
The request was denied and Mr Tate announced the prayer room has now become instead a quiet space for council staff and other invited guests to use.
On its Facebook Page the The Noosa Temple of Satan claimed that Mr Tate was thanking them ‘for pointing out his stuff up’ with God ‘utilising them’ to help him realise he should have called it the ‘R U OK room’.
‘May Satan richly bless Tom Tate,’ the temple’s Facebook Post read.