There are three kinds of Satanists. The first are the Epstein-Kubrick Eyes Wide Shut, Malachi Martin Windswept House covert true believers. The kind that know and practice their faith, but in a covert way.
The second are the banal, everyday Satanists. The Pete Buttghey “Sodomy is Christian”, abortion-loving, equality embracing, lovers-of-self above all. We all partake in this kind at times, but some make careers of it.
The third group of Satanists are overt LARPers. Ordinary men like John Smith change their name to Foulbreath Killpeople, don comical black capes, sport eye shadow, eat Cheetos, and preach the love of Science&tm;.
There is, of course, overlap between the overt and covert groups. Foulbreath Killpeople will say “We don’t really believe in Satan as a person”, but he’ll also chant “Hail, Satan,” with at least a hope his spells and incantations are being attended to by dark forces. And many, say, Kabbalists are open about their belief in magick. (You know it’s real because it’s spelled with a “k”.)
LARPer Satanists have traditionally been teased, ridiculed, and bullied, which is right and proper. But now their image is shinier. The mainstream press, many of whom we might guess are Kabbalists and full-time Satanists of the second kind, love them.
First story is from the satanic Guardian: “Devil’s advocate: are satanists now the good guys in the fight against the evangelical right?” Subtitle: “A new film, Hail Satan?, portrays the Satanic Temple as a voice of reason and humanism in the US. Has the time come to rehabilitate the dark lord?”
The answers to both questions (think about it) are No and No. At least it’s good of the Guardian to admit there is a fight against the evangelical right.
Towards the end of Hail Satan? we see him appearing at a satanist rally in Little Rock, Arkansas, next to the notorious Baphomet statue. Before he steps out, he puts on a bulletproof jacket.
[Lucian] Greaves remembers that rally well. “What you don’t see,” he says, “is when I was walking up to the podium, there were a bunch of people with guns loitering about, and they wanted me to know they were there. I ended up speaking with my back to them, which was rather harrowing. I’m kind of puzzled as to why nobody did take a shot, but that was a very clear possibility.”
Delusions of grandeur, I think they call it. Nobody took a shot at you, Foulbreath, because you’re not that important. Not yet, anyway.
The media is working on juicing that importance, though. Glowing reports about the founders of the Satanic Temple are everywhere in the press: “In haunted Salem, a Jewish church founder preaches the art of ‘Satanic’ social change“, from the Times of Israel, and A Mischievous Thorn in the Side of Conservative Christianity from the other Times. Don’t forget Anton Lavey, founder of the Church of Satan. Is this the place to joke how some Jews have often been a mischievous thorn in the side of Christianity?
The Washington Post, no lightweight in the Propaganda Wars, gave its pages over to Foulbreath. Truly. He wrote the op-ed “I’m a founder of the Satanic Temple. Don’t blame Satan for white supremacy.”
To many casual observers, there seems to be a tendency to view condemnations of white supremacy as Satanism as a triumph of progressive thought among prominent U.S. Christians. But such language is not harmless. It lets mainstream religions off the hook for some of the darker periods of American history, despite the deep connections between slavery and Christian theology.
Satanism good, Christianity bad. As long as you don’t read history you might think this a swell opinion. And just think of all those African and Chinese Christian white supremacists! How much better the world would be if they adopted Satan as their god.
Satanists are on the march. “Satanic Temple in Ottawa to Hold First Public Black Mass in Canada“.
“Essentially, it involves using traditional symbols and inverting them to create a ritual that is meant to be the opposite of the traditional Mass,” Nicolas Marc, the national coordinator of the Satanic Temple, told Global News. In a real Black Mass, a consecrated Communion host is used but Marc told LifeSiteNews that in this ritual a consecrated host would not be used.
Perhaps they’re lying about the host, and it really is consecrated, because last time they announced they had a consecrated host they got sued. Which proves lawyers have more power than satanists. Nobody knows whether this is a net positive or negative.
It’s unclear from the story whether one of Canada’s Snidely Whiplash-cackling human “rights” tribunals will designate a victim for the sacrifice.
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