Taking ownership of Satanism

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Satanic Temple is successfully taking ownership of Satanism from Christianity and Hollywood.

Satan first is mentioned in the Book of Job, used by the Jew to describe an angel of their god who acts in the role of quality controller, testing the people of Israel through adversarial hardships such as famine, disease and invasion.

When the Christian religion came into existence, they used Satan, Satanic, and Satanists to mean anything that was contrary to their religion, thus a Jew, Muslim, Cathar, Pagan or Scientist could be dumped in the same bucket as a follower of Satan.  Satanism never existed until Christianity invented it, and there was no movement that identified itself as Satanists until the 1880’s.

From around the 1740’s Satanism became associated with an extreme form of hedonism by wealthy individuals in the Hellfire movement.  In the 1880’s Satanism as a movement came to media attention after lurid stories appeared about black masses involving upside-down crosses, stolen consecration wafers, sexual orgies, and reversed versions of the Christian masses in several locations in France.

For about another hundred years Satanism was pursued by small groups of people pursuing a similar form of Satanism as that in France in the 1880’s.  In the 1960’s Anton Lavey decided to create an atheistic version of Satanism and defined his interpretation of Satanism in the Satanic Bible and other publications, forming the Church of Satan.  Arguments within the Church of Satan saw several further groups emerge such as Temple of Set under Dr Michael Aquino.

The centralistic and militant form of atheism expressed by Church of Satan including Social Darwinism caused Satanists to form alternative versions of Satanism, the most successful being Satanic Temple in 2014.

It has only been since the 1960’s that Satanists have collectively taken ownership of Satanism away from Christianity and Hollywood, forming their own definitions of what it means to be a Satanist, and self-identifying as Satanists.  Regardless of if the Satanist follows a spiritual or a rational version of Satanism, all agree that the path embraces the primacy of the will and choice of self over group conformity, and a love of life.

Modern Satanists separate themselves from those that either promote or pursue Christian or Hollywood definitions of Satanism of harming people and animals by referring to them as Reverse Christians.  Since the era of Book of Job, the idea of Satan and Satanism has been an evolving process, and it is only in the last 60 years that Satanism has been clearly defined into a positive version contrary to that of Hollywood and Christianity.

There is currently an epic fight going on between Satanists such as Satanic Temple and those such as Christians over the ownership and definitions of what it means to be a Satanist, a battle that is being won thanks to modern Satanists taking an active role in defining their Satanism rather than allowing outsiders to define it for them.

UK Muslim leader attacks Satanism

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Satanism has its own extremist problem known as the Order of Nine Angles under leadership of David Myatt.

Satanism provides a convenient hook to hang every ignorant negative issue upon when it comes to outsiders, and in the case of Abu-Khadeejah Abdul-Wahid a Muslim leader in the Birmingham area of the UK, it was to compare the actions of the Islamic extremist who attacked innocent people in London recently to Satanism, as if to say my religion is associated to:

““unbelievable” cowardice in targeting innocent men, women and children.”

The attack in London that killed four and injured some fifty others was undertaken by a Muslim, a man who was radicalised by internet propaganda and the views of fellow Muslims. This attack had no connection to the religion of Satanism, nor to any Satanist.  The responsibility rests fully and totally upon the heads of Muslims who because they have their heads stuck in the sand do little to counter the radicalisation of their young people.

Two of the leading Satanist groups in the UK quickly responded.  The London Chapter of the Satanic Temple said:

 “Mr Abdul-Waheed stated that the actions and values of the attacker were nearer to the values of Satanism than to Muslim values. I can’t think of anything further from the truth. And while we recognise the value in underscoring the ideological disparities between the actions of a lone radical and the Muslim world, we would prefer that any comparisons to Satanism be informed by facts.

Much like Islam, Satanism is often on the receiving end of speculation, scapegoating, and ignorance. And like Islam, the religious intolerance and prejudice behind these conspicuous accusations perpetuates fear and facilitates conditions that can threaten the safety and wellbeing of our members, inhibiting our ability to live and practice freely and openly. Far from the pervasive myth that Satanists sacrifice infants, commit incest, and participate in human trafficking The Satanic Temple has a mission that cites empathy, benevolence, and common sense as shared values. Like the Five Pillars of Islam, our members follow Seven Fundamental Tenets that inspire our daily lives with nobility in thought and compassion in practice. It might surprise you to learn that The Satanic Temple is in-fact an unrelenting advocate for the rights of women and children and for protection against domestic violence and institutional abuses.”

The UK-based Church of Rational Satanism gave their own statement:

“We would like to highlight that the actions of this man were in no way in line with any satanic philosophy. As stated above it would be in complete error for myself and us as an organisation to to speak for every Satanist as opinions cannot go further than the individual. What we can do however is demonstrate using the philosophical foundations of our belief structure as to why this statement is in fact untrue.

Satanism is a life loving philosophy that aims for the individual to get the best from life with self preservation and vital existence being the priority. Therefore the complete disregard of the attackers own life this goes against our core belief structure. Satanism is completely based around the individual with our organisation, as least, focusing on the excellence in the self in all aspects of life. Putting focus and energy into ideologies that go against the individual system, through our unique concepts, would simply be counter productive and go against the core values of Satanism. We use Satan as a metaphorical archetype (although we do not limit ourself to one archetypical figure) we also promote personal responsibility for an individuals actions.”


Muslims need to take responsibility for dealing with Islamic extremism

This Satanist has attended several Islamic conferences, and has a reasonable understanding of this religion. It is troubling that a billion Muslims have done little to allow a radical few to become the voice and image of the moderate majority. Until Muslims can take responsibility and the initiative to tackle extremist points of view in their own ranks rather blame other religions for their problems, attacks like in London will continue and increase in number.

The extremist problem in Satanist ranks – Order of Nine Angles

In finishing, this writer would like to highlight a problem within Satanist ranks called the Order of Nine Angles who share and promote similar extremist views to those of the Islamic State. The ONA was founded and is under the leadership of David Myatt, who formerly called himself Abdul-Aziz ibn Myatt and Abdul al-Qari, and encouraged similarly extremist views as is pandered by Islamic extremists. The ONA are deeply embedded into Satanism, and sadly whilst they exist in our ranks, we are open to accusations of promoting similar outrages as has been inflicted upon the innocent by extremist Muslims. Like the Muslims it is down to the majority in Satanism to prevent the small minority (ONA) from being the image and voice of our religion.

Kick Jesus out of Satanism, please

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Lets have a Satanism free of Christian baggage.

Every individual is entitled to following their religion as longs as they keep their religion out of my face, so whilst I respect Christians to follow their path, I object to anything related to Jesus corrupting the Left Hand Path.

I like Satanism because it is a pure path that embraces reason, senses and experience unlike religions such as Christianity that is based mostly on opinion and lies.  Perhaps Christianity was in the first decades a path that did embrace values that I respect such as wisdom based on experience, but it has long lost its way, indulging in fantasy and faith, and is now best consigned to the trash can.

Satanism is the path for mature adults who value the empirical path of experience, senses and reason.  In dismay I observe too many Satanists and other LHP-orientated people hanging onto the robes of Jesus by bringing Christianity into the Satanic religion.  Why must my path require that black masses, upside down crosses and other Christian junk be part of the Satanic religion? Why do some Satanists need to call themselves reverend, or their groups a “church” or their guide books a bible such as “Satanic Bible?”

Hanging onto Christian baggage is like an adult still holding their moms hand.  It is time to let go and embrace a path free of the backward religion of Christianity.  It is fine for noobs and children to embrace Reverse Christian reactions and baggage such as those in the Satanic kindergarten of Joy of Satan, but when Satanists are over 18 and with a few years of Satanic experience behind them, I would like to think they passed puberty and embraced a Christian-free path.

The religion of Asatru embraces a path free of Christian baggage, and there is enough of a tradition in Satanism to build a strong path in the same way without Christianity.

Why my cat is God

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Why my cat is God.

A Satanist blog post on God had me thinking on this subject today.  If I said the cat I am sharing my seat with as I type this post has more claim to being God than the Christian version, I would be closer to the truth.  The religions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism go to war with each other over the same God, different name and ideals, but the same fiction that only exists in their heads.  My cat however is real, she empirically proves her existence by demonstration, observation and experience.  Her creative capacity might only stretch to being a pain in the ass, but she has a greater influence over this Satanist than the Christian God does.  Indeed, the cat having claimed this human body and soul, considers anything I own hers and requires sharing, and she has the power to move this Satanist with the Word of God – a meow.  The grace of God this cat shares with me is also empirically proven and far more preferable: her fleas; drool; cat hair; and cat smell that signals to other cats that I am on the side of good (cats) and not evil (dogs.)

In fact I am not a cat person, or a pet owning person, but I think a universe ruled by a cat is preferable and fun than a grumpy, whinging, bullying tyrant such as the Christian God.  I like to annoy the person who owns this cat by considering the philosophy that we exist only in a dream of this cat, the manifestation of a feline playthings and desires.  Cats have in history had a remarkable influence on humanity, there is a cat god Bast, and they were worshipped in Egypt.

I consider that God is Nature.  Empirically Nature is provable, and has all the qualities of God: creativity; ultimate authority; sum of all things; eternity; limitlessness.  What Nature lacks compared to the Christian God is a mind, it won’t judge and it is indifferent to the existence of me or humanity.

In philosophy is a concept known as a holon, a thing that paradoxically exists simultaneously as a whole and a part, for instance the acorn that contains the oak tree, and the oak tree that contains the acorn, is an example of a holon.  My cat is a part of Nature, the cat and Nature is a holon.  If Nature and my cat is a holon, and Nature is God, then my cat is God. Next time the religious salespeople come to my door, I will introduce them to God: my cat.

Six Satanic Questions

Fellow Satanists have posted and answered six Satanic questions here and here.  I thought I would do the same.  What would your answers be to these questions?

Six Satanic Questions

Six Satanic Questions

1. How has Satanism changed me?

I feel liberated, Satanism broke the chains of slavery to restriction and external authority.  I learnt that good/evil were subjective judgements based upon a set of rules.  I learned to question, to see the difference between my values, ideas and rules and those of external authorities.  Satanism gave me a boundary between the sovereignty of individuality and the mindless slavery of group-minded mediocrity.  I was no longer encumbered by the emotional baggage of the approval, judgements and opinions of external authorities.  I could say “no” without feeling guilty or caring about what others thought if it was not in my interests to agree to a demand on my time, energy and money to assist someone else at the expense of my self.  Satanism motivates me to challenge limits, and transgress limiting boundaries that I or others impose upon me.

2. What is Satan to me?

I see Satan (and Lucifer) as being the faces of the same archetype that represents the best qualities of the human species.  In myth Satan, Lucifer, Prometheus and Enki are names of the same archetype, one who as a culture hero symbolised the human species in its rebellion against external authorities, be it a tyrant god such as Zeus or God, or against the wild hostile forces of nature.  In myth it was the human species that ate the forbidden fruit, and built the great Tower of Babel to be greater than God.  The archetypes such as Prometheus and Enki always championed humanity by stealing fire or other gifts from the external authority to give to mankind.  It is humanity who dares to defy death, create life and plough into the dark secrets of nature to spin a reality akin to a god.  Satan casts out the external authority, restriction and ignorance.  Each individual becomes Satan by embracing the black flame that is Satan, manifesting their will to action and their choice as sovereign authorities in their own lives in defiance of the restricting and conformist tyranny of the external authority.  By becoming Satan the individual becomes their own god, expressing the best qualities of humanity: wisdom (born of experience); knowledge (born of the senses); reason (coming to conclusions based on cause and effect, the probability of truth based upon common patterns that are observable, demonstrated or experienced in nature, society and self); creativity (the perception, building and action of patterns); and sustainability (action in harmony with nature.)

3. Am I going to hell?

It depends upon definitions of what hell is.  In some myths hell was seen as an underworld which all the dead go, akin to Hades, and depending upon the individual belief in life after death, this was the certain destination of all the dead.  Burning in everlasting fire, is referred to in Egyptian mythology, an ancient society built on group-minded conformity to an established state religion, that used the same fear of hell fire to instill obedience in their followers as do Christian authorities today.  Nobody who writes and speaks about the threat of burning in hell has ever seen or experienced such a place, so there is no empirical knowledge that they can hold as a truthful authority for their claims.  I define fire as alike to wisdom, which is born of the suffering of experience, so as Satanism is a path of wisdom, then fire is to the Satanist that water is to a fish.  The little evidence of life after death, such as the memory of children of past lives, suggests there is no such place as the fiery hell that the Christians like to terrorize the ignorant with.   The notion of burning in hell fire gained popularity in the middle ages with the production of Dantes Inferno, that gave a graphic visualization of hell as a place of torture, reflective of the love of pain and torture of their citizens by religious and state authorities in that barbaric age.  I doubt I will be burning in hell as the ignorant fear-mongering Christians claim.

4. Do you consider yourself good or evil?

I reject the moralistic definitions of good and evil, the subjective judgements based upon a set of rules as delusional.  I use an objective philosophy called teleology to determine if a thing or action is good or bad.  Teleology proposes that everything in nature has reason, so that all things have an ultimate design or end result that determines its function and nature, for instance a knife has the function or end state as cutting things.  Using teleology I can say a thing is good if it is able to carry out its function, and its action is good if that action allows or increases its function.  A blunt knife is a bad knife, because it is no longer functional; an action that blunts a knife is a bad action, because it impairs the function of the knife to cut things.  If a Satanist is following their own true nature, that is a good action, and they are being a good Satanist.  The nature or function of the Satanist is individualistic, so once they define their personal qualities of Satanism, they may determine the good and bad of their actions and individual Satanic state.

5. What do I think about other religions?

I consider a religion to be a worldview that defines the self, their world and the place of self in that world.  The religion can be both Left Hand Path or Right Hand Path, defined by if the individual retains their personal choice and will to action in that religion when challenged by an external authority.  I dislike stupidity, laziness and greed, so if a religion creates these traits in an individual, I become hostile.  I love and respect the religion that embraces wisdom, knowledge, reason, creativity and sustainability as part of its belief system.

6. What important lessons has Satan taught me recently?

Difficult to say, the Satanic path is a path of learning of multiple skills, insights and experience, involving bits of everything every day.  Certain themes emerge over time, for instance my love for the potential of AI to take over some of the functions of human society, such as the running of hospitals, since I am so appalled at the laziness, stupidity and greed that has made such hospitals a place of death and sickness rather than health.  Satan has made sustainability a major issue for me, for instance, if war is the reality of nature, I reject peace and balance as delusional in human society, so I am no longer fooled by the campaigns for peace by ignorant campaigners.  Satan has taught me to take a harsh and aggressive position with the stupid, I would wipe out Islamic State without any mercy; and the same use of independent AI technology to protect elephants, killing those that poach them.  Satan gave me the insight that places for wildlife must be set aside banning humans from entering them, protected by AI guardians.

Positive change in America

Recent media stories indicates that there could be a paradigm shift going on in the USA, a change against the hate that daily emanates from right wing Christian preachers.  In June the US supreme court declared gay marriage legal, and internationally there were celebrations by showing the rainbow flag.  The supreme court in Oklahoma surprised everyone with an enthusiastic decision to order the removal of the Ten Commandments Monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol.  After the church shootings in Charleston, the confederate flag, a symbol of white supremacists and hate preachers, began to be challenged and banned.  Girl Scouts in the USA returned a $100,000 donation after the donor stipulated it could not be used to support transgender children; a crowd sourcing campaign raised $250,000 for the Girl Scouts instead.

The new change is in this writers opinion summed up in the image below, a girl who faced down a hate preacher at a recent music festival.

Girl with rainbow flag faces down a Christian hate preacher.

Girl with rainbow flag faces down a Christian hate preacher.

Power of church broken over same-sex marriage in Ireland

If the Satanist is the ultimate authority in their own life, then so must be their right to do with their body as they please.  It was good to read that the power of the churches were enthusiastically broken recently when 62% of voting citizens approved same-sex marriage in a referendum in Ireland.

In probably the only nation on this planet where Catholics and Protestants are still killing each other in the name of their religion, the Irish, manifested their will to break the hold of religion over every aspect of their lives, by opposing the desire of religion to maintain its control over the individual freedom to marry same-sex partners.  Because citizens were only allowed to vote in person, people from around the world travelled to Ireland for the sole purpose to cast their vote.  The oldest supporter of same-sex marriage was a 101-year-old.

Since marriage is legally only a contract between two people, and can be done in any religion, or in a non-religious civil-ceremony, it made no sense that one religion could be allowed to have sole authority over all other religions and over atheistic individuals over the concept of marriage or over who could marry.

The Republic of Ireland will now change its constitution to join 20 nations around the world were it is legal for same-sex individuals to marry.