I keep an eye on the world news media reports of Satanism, the familiar stereotype is repeated of the Satanic psychopath involved in sex crime and murder. The US-based NBC reports recently of one of two teens who claimed to be a Satanist and murdered a classmate.
The traits of a pseudo-Satanic killer or sex abuser reported in the media
In my subjective view I list the following traits of many of these so-called Satanic killers and sex abusers:
- they are teens.
- they are low education achievers.
- they have mental health and social problems
- they are angry individuals.
- they have below normal intelligence.
- they are ignorant about Satanism beyond Hollywood or Christian stereotypes.
Most Satanists are teenagers
The regular trait I notice amongst the reports of self-proclaimed Satanist killers is they are teenagers or in their low twenties. These people are at best pseudo-Satanists who were drawn to Satanism because of the propaganda that Satanists are all child-abusing murderous psychopaths, and if Satanism was not available these people would have found another label or social group to blame for their actions.
Satanic teens join Joy of Satan
Most teens who come to Satanism do so from influences in the media and the music industry, which provides for them a useful vehicle of transition from childhood to adult in the absence of effective modern rites of passage. The number of Satanists in the world range from 50,000 to 100,000 Satanists, many who are teenagers. Over ten thousand of these teenagers end up in Joy of Satan, a theistic-orientated internet group, often identifiable because they call Satan “Father Satan.” Once the teenager has constructed their adult self they usually abandon Satanism for something else, but a few carry on to become more deeply involved in Satanism.
Satanists contribute to blame for media stereotypes
In my opinion Satanists encourage the media stereotypes of Satanists as murderous psychopaths and child abusers. The Church of Satan could do with a facelift, and dropping its symbolic rituals of sacrifice. Satanic forums could also take a stronger line against the pseudo-Satanists who troll and dominate them under the label of “Order of Nine Angles” (ONA); who at their core attract a verbose vocal few dozen of angry, manipulative and hateful psychopaths, who encourage the sort of stereotypes of murder and sacrifice that Satanism is being tainted with; and most recently, according to a certain ONA-poster on a Satanic forum, have become involved in the rape and pornographic exploitation of children.