On Localism and the Satanic Temple

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Decentralisation of decision-making to the local level will make the Satanic Temple stronger.

I believe that power is best achieved at the local level, thus I oppose globalism and centralisation of power, instead, I support localism and the decentralisation of power.  I support Brexit, Scottish independence, the Basque and Catalonia independence movements, as well as those who support devolution in Wessex, Cornwall, Yorkshire, Scotland and Wales in the UK.  I am opposed to globalist entities such as UN, NATO, IMF and the EU.  As a historian, I am aware and support the ideal of small nations and city states, which was once the common reality of Europe such as the former city states of Venice and Athens.

In nature, ant and bee colonies work perfectly well in a system lacking centralised command and control.  Systems work best in nature when they exist in a state of partial chaos and order, which complexity theory calls the edge of chaos.  When the power in a system is controlled and maintained at the centre, it creates too much order that interferes with the healthy ability of systems to stay in the edge of chaos, since there needs to be an element of disorder to create motion, change and evolution in systems.

In the Left Hand Path, one of the reasons that the Satanic Temple has expanded so quickly and had an impact in many parts of the USA and the world was because of its chapter system, which allowed members to quickly organise campaigns at the local level, plan and then execute them.  For reasons that I totally understand, the Satanic Temple leadership still desired to have tight control through regulations of all its global chapters from its headquarters in Salem USA, where members of chapters had to first seek permission from the leadership before they could execute their campaigns.

With the Satanic Temple expanding rapidly on a global scale in its number of members and chapters, all with their own unique cultural and local needs, the leadership has become overwhelmed by competing demands, where there is differences of opinion over decision-making and frustration at the challenges faced of executing campaigns at the local level because of the burden faced from having to go through the centre for permission and abiding by its regulations.

I totally understand the motives of why the Satanic Temple leadership desires control from the centre, because Satanic Temple has built up a successful global brand, which would be vulnerable for instance: if a chapter decided it was going to worship Satan; or a school club it was running allowed a paedophile to abuse kids because of poor child protection policies; or, as in one case, a spokesperson called for the assassination of President Trump.

Because of this command-control from the centre, Satanic Temple has avoided scandals and has suffered no damage to its brand.  However, some chapters of the Satanic Temple have split from the Satanic Temple, including some in Europe and the one in Los Angeles USA.

In my humble opinion, the recent problems with the chapters in the Satanic Temple could be addressed by a middle-way strategy, the decentralisation of power to the local level, so that chapters could plan and execute their campaigns without the need for permission from the centre.  However, the brand should have been legally protected as intellectual property on a global scale with trade marks, and the business model based upon a contract that if a local chapter wanted to be recognised as part of the official brand, and local officers as representatives of the brand, that they had to abide by the contract as like a franchise, or be no longer recognised, nor could they use the brand in their activities, such as the name “Satanic Temple.”  The TED and TEDx brand has a model that could be emulated.

Had there been an understanding that campaigns were clearly identified as local chapter campaigns, such as the legal case against Twitter over how they treated Satanic Temple and its leading representative Lucien Greaves, this being a local Salem campaign, then in a decentralised structure local chapters and members could decide if they wanted to support the campaigns of another local chapter without the disharmony which is currently happening of whole chapters splitting away.

Personally, I am not a member of any chapter of Satanic Temple, nor do I speak for or against Satanic Temple.  I am an associate of the Grey Faction, a specialised alliance of those who challenge Satanic Ritual Abuse fictions.  I decided not to affiliate with London Chapter of Satanic Temple for the reason that I did not want to become involved in the politics that arise in groups, nor to suffer the restrictions on my blogging and activities that official membership of a chapter would cause me.

In conclusion, I speak from a point of view as a historian and from a scientific understanding of complexity theory, that what is happening in Satanic Temple is avoidable and is an error that I have seen countless times in history.  Satanic Temple has suffered chapters breaking away in the past, and it will continue to grow and evolve.  I think the Satanic Temple brand needs to be legally protected, and that the decision-making processes could be reviewed and changed to avoid more disharmony in this growing movement.

Attack on Satanic Temple HQ in Salem USA

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Satanic Temple HQ in Salem USA has been attacked leading to an arrest.

Further from my post yesterday on Tweets encouraging attacks on Satanic Temple property which unjustly caused the suspension of the Lucien Greaves Twitter account, someone apparently has acted upon the calls to attack Satanic Temple HQ in Salem leading to property damage and an arrest.

 

Lucien Greaves on Facebook said:

“Today a man came to our headquarters in Salem smashing one of our outlet covers and apparently looking for a way inside. When we confronted him, he threatened us with what appeared to be a sharpened screwdriver. He is now in custody.

Of course, this comes only a day after news outlets reported upon my Twitter ban, noting that my ban is result of my outcry against Twitter’s refusal to take action upon direct threats to the Salem TST headquarters property. I have no way, right now, of knowing what directly inspired this man’s actions today, but I do know that when threats of violence against us seem to have the sanction of social media mega-giants, delusional would-be heroes against an imaginary Satanic Cult Conspiracy are likely to feel emboldened. When the public is aware that threats of violence against The Satanic Temple are not considered “real” threats, merely because of who we are, should we be surprised if some people come to believe that actual violence against us is perfectly acceptable?”

Satanic Temple leader Twitter account suspended

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Twitter is apparently indulging in religious discrimination against Satanic Temple after suspending a leader Twitter account for complaining about calls to burn down a Satanic Temple building.

Lucien Greaves a leader of the Satanic Temple recently had his Twitter account suspended in what many observers feel is in unjust circumstances.

A former child actor Corey Feldman who has taken on the role of a witch hunter with a particular hostility to Satanists, retweeted a call to burn down a Satanic Temple building in Salem USA. Lucien Greaves challenged Feldman over his tweet and asked fellow Satanists to report any content of religious hatred against Satanism to Twitter.  For some reason Twitter suspended Greaves when he complained about religious hatred, and his Twitter account remains suspended at time of writing.

Satanic Temple quickly put out a press release condemning Twitter for religious discrimination, threatening legal action.  Greaves and Satanic Temple say that they acted within the Twitter terms and conditions, there being no legitimate reason to suspend the account, especially as they are the victims of threat and abuse.  Some news media such as Fox followed up the story, Twitter refused to comment on why the Twitter account was suspended.

The suspension of the Greaves Twitter account for what appears to be no legitimate reason is in sharp contrast to the blind acceptance by Twitter of President Trump whose tweets are racist, hateful, abusive and pushes America ever closer to world war.

Another contrast is the Twitter account known as @drifloud who has been targeting children, their families and other innocent people with harrassing and abusive tweets of a Satanic Ritual Abuse theme, a discredited fiction, that continues to violate the privacy of children since 2015.  Despite dozens of abuse reports to Twitter, the social media company does nothing about @drifloud.  This writer has made a recent further referral of the account to Twitter to test their new moderation processes before moving the matter up to a political and legal level.

Twitter is in the opinion of this writer the worst social media company in dealing with abuse and harrassment, but is slowly being forced by political, legal and advertising pressures to take action against abuse on its platform.  It remains to be seen what will happen over the suspended Satanic Temple Twitter account, although it is clear that there is a long way to go before social media companies such as Twitter get their moderation processes sorted out.

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.

Localism first in Satanism

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The future in Satanism and society is local not global.

It is great to see that Left Hand Path (LHP) organisations have been moving away from centralist power structures towards localised self-organised branches, those including Satanic Temple, Satanic International Network and Assembly of Light Bearers.  Centralist groups such as Church of Satan, controlled by a select few individuals are increasingly an irrelevant relic of the past for the new generations of LHPers that now identify with the LHP.

 

 

Society is moving towards a focus on local rather than global

Satanism reflects a paradigm change in society as a whole where people are becoming focussed away from globalist ideas towards localised ones.  Strong leaders have emerged such as Putin of Russia and Trump of USA who have stuck two fingers up at globalism, and place their own nations first.

I am hostile to globalism, passionate about Localism

My personal position as a Satanist is open hostility to globalism and a passion for localism.  I supported Brexit, the move by UK to leave the European Union. I support the independence movements of the Basques to leave Spain and France, and Scotland to leave the UK.

Globalist organisations like NATO should be abolished

I would like to see international white elephants like the UN, EU, IMF and NATO dissolved, all that are ineffective faces of globalism.  The irrational argument of the threat of Russia as the basis for the continued existence of NATO ignores the truth that Russia is a shadow of the beast that was the USSR. The Russian military is creaky, its lead aircraft carrier breaks down, its soldiers inexperienced noobs.  A few years ago Russia launched a military adventure into Georgia, and the world learned it “performed poorly during the conflict” due to badly trained soldiers, out of date equipment and inept commanders.  The reality is that Russia would struggle to fight a successful war against a small Baltic state, let alone a more sophisticated opponent such as Turkey.

Many local print media are flourishing in their communities

Just as traditional media are dying, so localised print media built around their local community are largely thriving, those such as Welsh language community newspapers. The globalist internet monsters such as Facebook will never offer an effective answer to the needs of the community, and therein they can be destroyed by smaller localised social media platforms.

Hampstead SRA hoax shows why global internet giants will fail

The ugly face of globalism manifests in a Satanic Ritual Abuse hoax where thousands of largely anonymous vigilantes around the world wage relentless war upon a small community in London, a place called Hampstead, which most of these angry keyboard warriors have never visited, but demand their destruction on the basis of a fictional story.  The globalist social media giants such as Twitter, Google, Facebook and Indiegogo either ignore or oppose any efforts to protect the little community of Hampstead from years of abuse, harassment and threats.  One of the predictable outcomes of Trump is that other nations will put their own interests first, will begin to attack the globalist internet giants such as Facebook as they begin to protect their own communities such as Hampstead, and put localism first.

On my first contact with Satanic Temple

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London chapter of Satanic Temple received my application to join last week, but I later withdrew my application.

New Year, I applied to join the London chapter of Satanic Temple. This UK chapter was recently created, had social media, administration and officers in place, it was recruiting.

New recruits apply by e-mail to join the London chapter, they replied to me 48 hours later with a copy of their FAQ and Code of Conduct, which they asked me to read. The FAQ provides the potential recruit with more information to common questions not covered by Satanic Temple on their websites.

The Code of Conduct was a problem to me. Satanic Temple takes care to provide a professional positive image to the outside world. All contacts with the media had to be referred to their London public relations officer, a challenge since I often have personal contact with the media. Satanic Temple places lots of restrictions on members on what they can say and do, both as part of the group, and by inferrence what they do outside of the group.

The Satanic Temple requires members to reason with the opposition, never disresepct or humiliate them. However, I find the only strategy that works against those promoting Hampstead SRA hoax is satire and humour, which is disrespectful, and those opponents have neither respect for truth, justice, reason or liberty.

Changing from a position of being an individual to being part of a group is a big step. It is a step I see that will restrict what I can write on this blog, or the freedom of what strategy I take against the Satan Hunter, for instance, if I need to contact the media, approach a politician, take legal action, or use satire, I have a conflict of interest.

The London chapter is yet to decide its first campaign. I have only one interest, fighting Satanic Ritual Abuse hoaxes. Perhaps then my membership of London chapter might be less useful if they are focused on too many other projects as well as opposing SRA.

After reading and agreeing with their FAQ and Code of Conduct, the new recruit will answer a few simple questions: what name they wish to be known by; their previous experience in Satanism and activism; why they wish to join Satanic Temple. There is no membership fee to join Satanic Temple, but people pay for a membership card and certificate. There will follow an interview on Skype or by phone between recruit and an officer of the London chapter.

I decided it would be better for me to join the Grey Faction of Satanic Temple rather than their London chapter, since the Grey Faction is purely focussed on fighting SRA hoaxes. I withdrew my membership application before the interview stage. The London chapter has a strong focus on confidentiality, and they erased my membership application to protect my privacy.

I think the Satanic Temple London chapter to be professional, fast and efficient in handling their membership application process.

2017 will be a great year for the LHP

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2017 will become a major year of strength and growth in Satanism and the Left Hand Path.

2016 was a challenging year, but it was a year when the Left Hand Path grew in confidence, building a firm foundation for what will be a great year of growth in 2017.

On Islam and Islamic State

2016 was that year when religion swung to the extremes and seemed to infect all corners of this world.  The extreme face of Islam via Islamic State was exported by their lone wolves in terroristic outrages around the globe, assisting in part to a swing in many nations to nationalism and the security of their borders against a barbarian enemy that has no love of life.  Islamic State is the great disgrace of all of Islam, for most of these one billion Muslims have by their silence and meekness allowed this monster to become their voice and representative, presenting to the world Islam as a barbaric monster.

2016 was a good year for extreme Christianity

Christianity has benefited on the back of the advance of nationalism. The Russian Orthodox church is at the zenith of its influence under Putin, all rival religions including Satanism is under attack and being driven underground in Russia.  The extreme elements of Christianity have also come to power with Trump, and their influence will be felt throughout USA in 2017.

Reversals become opportunities for renewal for some LHP groups

Sect of the Horned God had a serious set back during 2016 when an arsonist destroyed their home and business.  Quietly rebuilding, 2017 will be a new strong beginning for the Sect.

The Greater Church of Lucifer had a fatal reversal when their founder and primary leader Jacob No, also known as Jacob Mckelvy, was found to be fraudulently using membership money to fund his own lifestyle and business.  Mckelvy left GCOL in disarray to become a born-again Christian, and the remaining leaders decided to start again with a new organisation known as the Assembly of Light Bearers.  Luciferians in 2017 have the opportunity to join a revitalised Luciferian group in the Assembly of Light Bearers that focuses on personal growth without the taint of religious dogma and fraud that sunk GCOL.

Satanic Temple evolves into a strong adversarial organisation

The growing pains of earlier years have in 2016 given way to a major force for change in Satanic Temple.  Probably now the largest Satanist group in the Left Hand Path, the Satanic Temple has been responsible for tens of thousands of individuals self-identifying as Satanists.  2016 has seen the opening of Satanist after-school clubs in the USA and multiple Satanic Temple branches around the world, including in the UK.

The Satanic Temple identifies between the left and the middle of the political spectrum, its main focus is political and social change against fascistic and religious elements that desire to replace diversity with a fixed dogmatic set of ideas.  The election of Trump and the religious Christian right in the USA has seen thousands of new members joining Satanic Temple, whose membership is in the tens of thousands.  2017 will become a massive battleground of ideas that will shake and transform the social, religious and political foundations of the USA, and Satanic Temple will be one of those groups on the frontlines of the great battles to come for the soul and destiny of the USA.

Some criticise Satanic Temple for being shallow in its philosophy, for it only has seven simple tenets, but this is a great strength for the group, for it is an activist group, and too much philosophy can be a hinderance to such groups.  It is expected that Satanists follow their own philosophy, and join Satanic Temple for the purposes of activism rather than religion.

Other Satanist groups embrace social media

Church of Satan has been noted for answering the challenge of a competitor in the Satanic Temple by vastly improving its social media activity and structures.  Likewise the UK-based Church of Rational Satanism replaced mediocre internet sites with a more professional look and activity, though too much marketing of its products has in my opinion an adverse impact upon it.  For any Satanist desiring to make an impact on the internet a strategy involving Twitter, Facebook and WordPress seems to be the way to go during 2017.

Order of Nine Angles culled its honor code

The parasitic wart on the backside of Satanism known as the Order of Nine Angles has been in decline for some years, and only now clings on in any meaningful way on places like 600club and a few WordPress blogs.  Largely a hocus-pocus jumbled mess of ideas and mumbo-jumbo clutter of ritualist nonsense run by a largely irrelevant idiot called David Myatt and a few dozen sycophants who post under a thousand internet pseudonyms, the ONA argued they are an advanced human species to the rest of humanity, which they only considered worthy of being murdered.

The ONA proudly argued that their honor code differentiated themselves from ordinary murderers, terrorists and criminals such as Islamic State, but complacency, stupidity and laziness by those at the heart of their collective caused them to cull their honor code, specifically on excluding children from their activities.  Their ONA writers have forgotten about their honor code on children, and have given their collective the nod to rape and murder children.  At least one key ONA member a Ryan Fleming is a UK registered sex offender.

There is war at the heart of the ONA, with some key members calling on the over-ripe banana David Myatt controlling the heart of the ONA to step aside.  Other former members of the ONA have put on record they have quit the collective.  What little reputation the ONA had as a sinister honor bound collective has largely been consigned to the trash can along with their honor code.

Hampstead Satanic Ritual Abuse hoax in retreat

After two years of struggle with Satan Hunters, those promoting a Satanic Ritual Abuse hoax in the heart of London, the so-called Hampstead SRA hoax, are in retreat with arrests and mental hospital sectionings.  2017 will probably see the end of this hoax, with multiple criminal and civil court proceedings against various Satan Hunters in both the UK and the USA.

Putting my philosophy in writing

My first Satanic goal of 2017 is to put in writing my own philosophy on a separate website to this blog.  A slightly different direction of this blog, whilst still retaining comment on international Satanism, is a more philosophical approach.  It appears from my blog statistics that my philosophical writings have attracted the greater interest from my readers.

I will be joining the Satanic Temple

The founding of a chapter of the Satanic Temple in London and their enthusiasm to battle Satanic Ritual Abuse hoaxes has been the deciding factor for my decision to manifest my second Satanic goal of 2017 to join Satanic Temple.  I am a passionate champion against SRA hoaxes, and for many years I have enjoyed manifesting my Satanic will in activism.  Anything that harms children seriously pisses me off, so Satanic Temple is a useful vehicle to fight in various causes that champions the liberties and wellbeing of children.  Since I follow my own philosophy the lack of dogma connected to Satanic Temple offers little conflict with my own ideas.  The London-based chapter of the Satanic Temple is currently discussing options for a campaign against Satanic Ritual Abuse in early 2017.

I wish all Satanists a successful 2017

Those that embrace what is healthy, positive and empowering follow the true path of Satanism, and I wish you all good health, success and prosperity in the year ahead.

Church of Satan throws tantrum about journalists

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Church of Satan is increasingly becoming the dodo of Satanism, an irrelevancy waiting to go extinct.

A stark difference between the Satanists of Church of Satan and Satanic Temple is that the Satanic Temple are experts in working with journalists.  Either Satanic Temple is creating or seizing opportunities to promote themselves and their causes, which is why they are generating news every week.  In contrast Church of Satan has lost touch with reality and the media, they prefer to hide behind an elitist detached image, referring journalists to their website rather than offering relevant comments to media enquiries.

On the election of Trump as US President the journalists of Rooster approached both Satanic Temple and Church of Satan for comment.  Satanic Temple gave Rooster plus other journalistic outlets plenty of quotes, which became the headline story of thousands of Satanists joining Satanic Temple in reaction to Trump.  Church of Satan either are stupid or ignorant about handling journalists: rubbed the journalists up the wrong way with their arrogance; failed to give comment to specific questions; made it hard for journalists to get information they requested; and worse, made no efforts to control the story, leaving the journalists to write their own narrative based upon a referral to the Church of Satan website.

There is no surprises that Rooster wrote an article that pasted Satanic Temple in positive ways, and gave a story about Church of Satan which was not to their liking.  One of the problems of Church of Satan is their secrecy and aloofness, which makes them unattractive to the media and potential recruits.  Satanic Temple is approachable and open to both media and recruits, and day by day become the face of Satanism to the world, whilst Church of Satan is slowly forgotten and pushed into insignificance.

On issues such as Satanic Ritual Abuse, Anton Lavey preferred in his later years to avoid challenging false narratives against Satanism, whilst those outside of Church of Satan picked up the fight.  Satanic Temple has since its inception been a keen fighter against SRA.

In their ranting article against Satanic Temple and journalists Church of Satan said:

“—the feeling evoked when watching someone make a fool out of themselves while just sitting back to watch the whole thing play out..”

And this is a central problem for Church of Satan, fools who prefer to watch others manifest their Satanism whilst Church of Satan slide into irrelevant obscurity.