I used to be really big on cultural relativity. I mean it seemed perfectly reasonable that different places and cultures would have different values and that it was presumptuous of us nasty Westerners to expect others to be like us.
I have grown up.
In many ways, food, art...you know, shit that doesn't really matter, relativity is cool. It is also cool as an explanation, if not so cool for an excuse.
BUT JEEZ LOUISE! What is wrong with people??!!
Jamaica and South Africa obviously need to get a fucking Barnes & Noble and get with the reading!
Look, we don't need to educate people about Satanism in that goody-goody. kumbaya sort of way so that we Satanists are understood. We need to educate Christian clergy to stop creating Devil Worshipers!
I am completely serious. If these articles are any indication it seems that heavy metal, or Marilyn Manson is not to blame, here. It is these traditional ministers and politicians who are living in 1989 and are playing John Lithgow in Footloose! Not surprisingly kids, malcontents, anyone breathing must find their stories of Satanism ten times more interesting than anything else these people could possibly have to say. Then, BINGO! Devil worshipers.
I wrote to the Jamaica dude:
What you are describing is not Satanism, but actually Christian Heresy, a form of Devil Worship wherein the offender believes in the Holy Bible/Jesus/God/The Devil, but is disenchanted and opts to support the anti-hero.
This particular form of Heresy is born when Christian clergy, through ignorance and fear, refuse to become properly educated about Satanism, and then tell their followers these urban myths about what they think Satanism is. To the angry, the bored, these tales are much more exciting than traditional Christianity--and, in the real world, what Satanism actually is.
The Satanic Bible prohibits sacrifice of any kind. There is no ritual in legitimate Satanism that demands blood, ever. The Church of Satan does not allow minors to join or attend rituals, and the Church of Satan does not actively recruit. Satanism demands study, not worship. Satanism is atheism, using the figure of Satan as a metaphor.
In other words, Jamaica would be a safer place if more people were aware that Satanism in reality is far different from the thing their clergy people are attempting to frighten their followers over. If they knew the truth much fewer would be interested: Most people are not ready for the personal responsibility that comes with rejecting all notions of gods and devils. Most people long to thank God, and blame the devil for all things, instead of facing life with the complete knowledge that they alone are responsible for their own lives.
There are not all that many genuine Satanists in the world. The Church of Satan is proud to have been their home for over 44 years. However, every day Christian clergy create more devil worshiping heretics with their ignorance, their tall tales, and their lack of familiarity with the truth.
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I'd like to think "Well! I told them," but I am sure if they could have been rational already, they would have been.
Sometimes it is hard to remember we even share the same planet.