The Joy of Satan issue forced me to go deep into the land of the internet where everyone has a voice and all ideas are ok. A place where feeling that you are right, is wrong, a place where it is considered a sin to be proud of your associations.
A place that sucks.
I knew that there are bunches of people claiming to be Satanists, who aren't. I mean, no shocker there---that is what I write about, after all. The traditionals, the spirituals, the theistics, they are practically my bread and butter. I was under the impression that if not for them I'd be stuck writing about the stupidity of Christians all day long, and essentially become obsolete due to redundant obviousness. So, yes, the nut bags were a given. I was chasing nutbags when I came upon several message boards.
Now, I have isolated myself in recent years. Somewhere along the way I stopped banging my head against the proverbial wall and began only going to/posting on/participating with my own kind. About 7 years ago I stopped posting on alt.satanism because it had nothing to do with Satanism anymore and was merely a vehicle for those with CoS gripes to have a forum to actually be heard by CoS people. Then I stopped posting on all but CoS approved message baords--which left a whopping one...
and, before i go further I'd like to say thank you Magister Lex Ventrue. For Satanists who live in tunnels and caves Lex has, for 15 years, provided members and friends of the Church of Satan a variety of online forums and applications for their benefit. Lex is a technological genius and was a computer nerd before computer nerds were cool. He ran the earliest Satanic chat rooms on mIrc, and then created Letters To The Devil, a message board utilized mostly by Church of Satan members. He owns and runs the CoS Emporium, a slew of other online hosting for a variety of interests, and Undercroft-Satanism's answer to social networking boards like myspace and facebook. Beyond all that, Lex is a friend of amazing generosity, talent, and kindness.
So, for almost 8 years the only online playground I have spent recess in was LttD.
Boy! Did I ever get spoiled.
Following links left by Joy of Satan led me to two or three open occult message boards. At first I was delighted as back in the day, message boards that welcomed Pagans and Wiccans were generally not very friendly to Satanists and i actually made the mistake of thinking this was a good thing. I was under the misguided impression that the RHP had finally seen the err of their ways, that Satanists aren't baby-killers and ritual blood letters, and that we could at least exchange some ideas and friendships without scapegoating.
Well, smack my ass and call me stupid! Evidently the Wiccans and neo-Pagans are more open, yeah, but not to legitimate Satanists, oh no! They are ok with the very people they originally accused us of being: Theistic, "spiritual" devil worshipers who hate Dr. LaVey and for some reason are deeply invested in being called Satanists but without a single working definition of what that means beyond that it is allegedly really old.
What the fuck!?!?????? and.................WHAT THE FUCK some more!?!
Ok. Here is the one that pissed me off the most:
So, I am chasing down Joy of satan, right? And I find this board and am momentarily pleased because I see whole threads and people posting about Satanism, Ceremonial Magic, more Satanism, and I am excited. I figure if they have all this stuff, at least, a CoS member could post here and if not readily be accepted, be granted a modicum of respect.
I go out of my way in my intro to be neither pushy, nor threatening-well, look for yourself:
Greetings, my name is Ygraine. I am a Magistra in The Church of Satan
.......(Edited credentials by me)
While I am a Satanist and a member of the Church of Satan I am experienced and knowledgeable in most RHP religions/practices as well, and certainly do not have any interest in either converting anyone or trashing anyone.
I came here as a result of doing research for an expose I am writing on a horrible and dangerous christian heretical cult called "The Joy of Satan Ministry." Somehow I was brought here while following a cached thread.
I am sure many here can understand how difficult it is to fight misconceptions about your religion when some crazy people take your name and apply it to unlawful and unethical practices.
I look forward to my time here and appreciate the opportunity.
Pleasant, right? Totally non-pushy or one-true-way-ist, correct?
You'd have thought I shit in their cornflakes. I spent the next three days defending, defending for chrissakes, Dr. LaVey and the Church of Satan, and not from the neo-Wicca/Pagans, either. No, I was getting my cyber ass kicked by alleged Satanists who have some major league hard on about the CoS in general and Dr. LaVey in particular. It was reprehensible.
Now, many of these satanists--and I am intentionally using the lower case "s," are exactly what I write about here. They are merely devil worshipers, who believe in an entity named Satan, and follow the Christian tradition of the devil. A few more are Pagans who have adopted negative/dark/demonic god-forms, re-adapted old cultural religions, and call it satanism to simplify matters. They are followers of old Egyptian demonics and Sumerian gods and what-the-fuck have you. They, at least, are vaguely interesting. However, I'd label them more as dark/negative neo-Wiccans (Wiccans Without a Clause--no rede, get it??!! h ahahaha,) than as Satanists, because the aren't!
Finally, and most insultingly, there are these rude, arrogant, quasi-satanists who need to believe that satanism existed long before LaVey.
You see, I was unaware that Ragnar Redbeard and Neitzche spawned a religious time traveling baby, and that LaVey borrowed HG Wells machine and stole the forbidden texts and fed them to an imaginary lion while he was beating his wife. No really. It happened just like that, right before Zeena killed her father and Peter Gilmore beat Blanche Barton in mud wrestling for control of an imaginary organization.
I wish I was fucking kidding. That may not be it word for word, but I defy anyone to find something these twits say that makes more sense than that! They are really pissed off, and I cannot imagine why it matters so much to them that they can write absolutely nothing without a jab at LaVey or my church. They are so bloody busy explaining that satanism is not "LaVeyanism" that it is virtually impossible to determine precisely what they think Satanism is. I
So, friends, my adventures in slumming are over. You see I know what these wanna-be's don't. There is one Satanism. It is complete and needs no looking for ancient manuscripts or the validation of forgotten authors. It exists regardless of lies told about it's creator. It is a growing, adapting, and yet ultimately complete philosophy practiced by those born to it, and no amount of changing what Satanism is will turn these pseudo-intellectuals into Satanists. They have neither the carnal inclination, the imagination and sense of whimsy, or finally, the comprehension of love, hate, loyalty, dignity and self-awareness that defines a Satanist.
So, I will stick with my kind. Satanists.
Oh, and to those superior types on occultforums.com who accuse LaVey's Church of Satan members for feeling superior? That is the only thing you have right. We do feel superior.
Because we are.