I am getting just a wee bit tired of checking out the news and seeing more and more stories of Satanism being blamed for garden variety stupidity. You'd think it was 1989 again, what with the stories listed below as just a random sampling of what pops up when Satanism is the search term in Google News.
I may be tired, but sad to say, I am not all that surprised. The original Satanic Panic happened when the economy was in the crapper, billions were being spent on ineffective military pursuits*, and people were more and more being forced to choose between a divisive demonstration of left vs. right politically. Under these same circumstances, today, the herd once again is looking for a convenient scapegoat for all the ills of the world. Enter Satanism.
The surprising part, however, is that in 20 years, no lessons were learned. Oh sure, the intelligent and informed know all about false memories and evangelical con-men. They know that there was no verifiable baby sacrifices or breeders. They know that a cottage industry was created--books, revivals, lectures and good old fashioned Christian greed, that allowed many innocent people to have their lives destroyed, in the name of stamping out something that essentially didn't exist.
Yet they never bothered to check out what DID exist. The never bothered to read The Satanic Bible and learn why baby killing and sacrifices were un-Satanic. Very few colleges, while open to lectures and classes in Wicca and neo-Paganism, decided to teach the philosophy of Satanism. Outside of some cable-access, no shows were created to demonstrate the Satanic way of life--a highly MORAL and undeniably psychologically profound life-affirming philosophy! It was like the world tucked Satanism away like an old gun, ready in an instant to be drawn out again, if times got too rough and a scapegoat was needed in a hurry.
And now we are seeing the result of that voluntary ignorance.
A new generation has been infected with "theistic satanism," courtesy of weak willed occultists, the pervasive nature of the Internet, and bored sexually repressed Christians still begging for a literal devil to blames life's miseries on, while they get a vicarious thrill by making up stories of blood and sex. Unsupervised teens are hearing bullshit in the pews and intrigued, they search "Satanism" online and instead of finding only the legal, cohesive, moral and ethical religion of Satanism, they are being inundated with lies, imaginary demons and devils, and the wishful thinking of irresponsible Christians who refuse to accept their own part in the creation of the very stereotype they claim to fear.
I really can't get all that upset at what happens in South Africa. While I am not usually a big adherent of letting people suffer, in order to prevent the creation of more people to suffer, I am ready to allow Darwin to have his way with these people. Truly, if you are that stupid, why bother living at all? I guess it may be more interesting to die by sacrifice than of HIV, but who knows? I, again, blame Christian missionaries for the suffering there. The lack of sexual responsibility in the form of condoms and education, in order to appease a vicious and hypocritical god, is the same irresponsibility that blames devils for what people do. It comes as little surprise that with Christianity comes heresy.
I am a bit more concerned by what has happened in Russia, and this I do blame on the theistics/traditionalists. Why is it so hard to grasp that if you believe in a literal entity you'll want to impress/appease/sacrifice to said entity? In fact, what is the point of worshiping something if not to get some promised bounty that comes with that adoration? ONLY atheistic Satanism, real Satanism (I hate the term, but LaVeyan Satanism) guarantees that there is no requirement to sacrifice anything to anyone for any reason! The only "type" of Satanism that demands self-responsibility, in fact, the only religion on Earth, that demands complete human accountability is Satanism as per The Church of Satan and The Satanic Bible.
And yet, thanks to these reverse Christians, co-opting our name, Satanists are forced to fight on two fronts. It is a given that Christians will hate us. Our name strikes fear in their hearts, and it should, but not for the reasons they think. They may want to believe in baby killing and orgies, but in their heart of hearts they feel our real power against them: No God to thank, no Devil to blame--you and you alone are responsible for you. They don't want to get off their knees and face up to the challenges of this one life on Earth. Our power, our magic, is our self-divinity, and deep down that sort of true self accountability is terrifying to them, so they make up lies and stories to justify their fear.
But now we have to deal with these theistic devil worshipers who call themselves Satanists, and there are thousands of them. Unlike real Satanists, they do proselytize and recruit. Unlike the ten to twenty genuine Satanic websites run by Church of Satan members there are hundreds of these internet fan clubs, all blood drenched and gothy, all stereotype and designed to truly piss off a parent. They are Christians in blackface, talking about the dark Lord and developing lame-ass rituals to gain his favor. Again, they abandon personal responsibility in the hopes of gaining favor from some external entity that is just plain evil..........bwahahahaha......
'makes this witch hope she never hears Carmina Burana again.
We Satanists can handle the Christians. Between our 5 Point Pentagonal Revisionism, our Rules of the Earth and good old common sense we have learned to utilize the masses for what they are---sheep. They are the infrastructure that allows day to day living. We have adapted to their imaginary rule, and we appreciate their predictability . Every now and then we are forced to correct their misconceptions, but on the whole we have had a decade or two of detente.
Smashing the theistics to bits is going to take some time and careful manipulation. Their histrionics and crimes effect us negatively, and they hurt those who do not deserve it. We must find a way to prevent them from using our name to commit their crimes and damage our reputation. It shouldn't be that difficult, though, because the one thing all true Satanists know--there is nothing weaker than one who believes in any deity above the self.
*Ineffective military pursuits as opposed to EFFECTIVE ones. I support a kick ass, cutting edge fighting force. I do not support the deaths of loyal soldiers, the billions wasted on inoperative hardware, etc....
5 years ago