Over the weekend, President Donald Trump joined King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in grabbing a mysterious, glowing orb and posing like masters of evil.

The Church of Satan would like you to know they had nothing to do with it.

In reality, the orb was a globe—of the world—and served as the centerpiece at the grand opening of Saudi Arabia's Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology.


According to the Guardian, "the leaders' placing their hands on the globe 'officially activated the centre and launched a splashy welcome video.'"

A strange optics choice, since the entire internet saw: SUPER VILLAINS, ILLUMINATI, or SATANIC RITUAL instead of a showy replacement for cutting the blue ribbon.


As for Satanic ritual, the Church of Satan strongly disputes that assumption. And they took the opportunity to educate the masses a little bit:

For the record, "Satanists," as they're called, don't worship the devil. They're atheists who believe in "pride, liberty and individualism," and Satan is just "an external metaphorical projection of our highest personal potential. We do not believe in Satan as a being or person."


Read their full FAQ, here.

But don't look for answers there about Trump's fascination with The Orb.

They have no idea what that's about.