Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Thursday, September 17, 2020
You Might Not Be Glad That You Did
Wherein the Wicked Witch Confesses
The Neo-Panic has Caused an Existential Crisis
Twenty years ago, having already spent several decades on the front lines of alternative religious advocacy, I was asked to do an interview for an upcoming episode of A & E's The Unexplained, representing The Church of Satan.
It was the tail-end of the Satanic Panic (which, of course, we didn't know at the time,) and I was doing media frequently, from my third occult bookstore, Pandora's Box. I was still under the now disproven notion that education and information could solve all problems. National television was an opportunity, in my mind, to help make a safer future for my kids and the kids of other Satanists. I was scheduled to be interviewed in my shop, which was not unusual, and we even scheduled a ritual, replete with a nude altar, for the cameras. The interview became three days of a camera crew following me about, filming all kinds of mundane and magical things, and eventually, the aired episode was, unintentionally, much more about my Satanic life than about Satanism in general. That made me uncomfortable, but I knew I had done my best, and only hoped I didn't screw anything up for my Church.
Faithful readers, good friends and confidantes, and everyone who has ever disliked me know what happened shortly thereafter. Those wanting to catch up can read 16 Years Later and see that not long after this episode was filmed my life hit the skids in a fucking major way that took a decade or so to recover from. Due to the prominent placement of my ex-husband, I had relegated this show to the shame file and avoided mentioning it or promoting it.
I had no idea that there would be a return to those days. I didn't realize how quickly society could reverse itself, or how all the years of work many of us had done to demand nothing more than our First Amendment rights, could vanish in the blink of an eye, but here we are.
I am a Satanic Witch. With that definition, I expect to be the scapegoat. I expect weak people, dependent on imaginary beings, to blame me and mine for all sorts of wrongdoing. I expect those desperate for some race, creed, or gender to feel superior to, to use me & mine as their free pass to vent their bigotry.
What I didn't expect is my country to fall so far apart that the President and any number of legislators could feed me & mine to the ignorant masses, lie through their teeth about us, and put us in jeopardy, again. I never thought we'd be in the place where, 20 years ago, we were.
When I hear Christians talking about how under attack they are, I want to scream. It is such bullshit. The last few years have proven nothing as much as the power of Evangelical Christianity, to the detriment of everyone else. These people are of the mind that anyone else having equal rights means they have reduced ones. Their argument "_______________ (insert minority group here) don't want equal rights, they want MORE rights!" is a textbook worthy definition of "projection."
So, I wonder. Are we in danger again?
Will someone physically attack me, again, for the love of their God, like 20+ years ago?
Will my step & grandchildren be picked on and humiliated, like my kids were 20+ years ago?
Will the police come to my door and tell me there are credible death threats against my life, like 20 years ago?
Will those same police look at the art on my walls, the books on my shelves, and based on that alone attempt to take kids away from me, like 20+ years ago?
Will small-minded neighbors poison my pets, break my windows, or vandalize my car?
Will real criminals get away with crimes because the great unwashed would prefer to place blame on Satanists than accept that normal Christian folk commit the vast majority of offenses?
Will I spend every waking hour correcting popular books and movies portraying us in ways that degrade and defame us?
40 years of interviews.
40 years of clarifications, explanations, lectures & testimony.
40 years of writing, speaking and explaining.
If this Q crap, this leadership that panders to the most stupid, most backward in our society, continues, will any of it matter?
Will everything I have done for almost 40 years mean absolutely nothing at all, making mine a wasted life, that made no difference for anyone or anything I care about?
I don't know. I do know there isn't a snowball's chance in Hell of me going down that road without a fight. To quote Nick Fury:
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Wherein the Wicked Witch Confesses
That She Really Could Do Without Satanic Panic Redux
Fuck you, Q-Anon
It is scary to see Q-Anon, by extension the President, and so many of our neighbors buying into a lie that sent thousands of us into hiding, many of us attacked, and some even legally persecuted, not that long ago. By us, I mean people like me, Satanists, who have spent 54+ years proving who we are, only to have the evidence ignored whenever the mainstream wants to blame the end result of their actions on others.
Pizzagate, celebrity pedophile rings, and human trafficking are now all being prefaced with the word “Satanic.” There is not a shred of any, let alone any credible, evidence of Satanic involvement, but the word triggers an almost Manchurian Candidate reaction that doesn’t require proof beyond the common need to feel superior by vilifying others.
There is no evidence of Satanic Ritual Abuse because there is no SRA. Occasionally we may hear of a “devil-worshipper’ committing a heinous crime, but to worship a devil you have to believe in the whole Christian mythos, making devil worship a branch of heretical Christianity. Satanism is atheistic, using Satan as a metaphor only, and the idea of kneeling before some fairytale and begging for favors is anathema to us.
People I know are allowing conspiracy theorists to divert the attention away from 170+k dead Americans, a crashed economy and the most important election in history. I see their posts, and I wonder if they know they are talking about me, wondering if they know how much it hurts or how scary it is to see the ugly head of the Satanic Panic rise up again, and wonder if I will make it through this time? People, some I’d even consider friends, are lying about my religion, claiming the worst possible crimes, with no regard that this is no different than racism, sexism, homophobia, or any other prejudice.
If you are determined to have a reason to dislike Satanism, let me help you.
SRA LIES & URBAN LEGENDS
These are NOT valid accusations against Satanists
Sacrifice: There is no god/devil/entity to make a sacrifice to. There is no deity to make demands. Sacrifice demands a recipient, and Satanists don’t have one. Additionally, Satanic dogma, unlike the Holy Bible, specifically forbids killing animals for anything other than food, or ever harming children.
Sexual Abuse: Under no condition is there a ritual, ceremony, or requirement calling for non-consensual sex. As a religion that celebrates the carnal, there are few things as literally against our dogma than rape or any form of sexual abuse or harassment
Children: We do not allow children to join the Church or participate in rituals. No exceptions. We don’t believe in indoctrinating children and are uninterested in recruiting them. Our religious dogma forbids the harming of kids, and it serves no purpose.
Recruiting: We have a website one can visit for free, and the books that make up our religious canon are for sale. Beyond that, we do not actively seek members. They must come to us. We have no desire to be a major world religion and are comfortable being a minority religion that speaks deeply to some, and not at all, to most.
VALID REASONS FOR TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS
TO DISAPPROVE OF SATANISM
We set an example the vast majority of churches cannot live up to:
We pay taxes.
We do not violate the wall of church/state separation by preaching politics from the pulpit.
If aware that a member or clergy person has violated a law we assist law enforcement and refuse to protect offenders.
We demonstrate ethics and civility because we choose to, not because a book told us to, or because we fear Hell.
We applaud people, not gods, for human accomplishments, and blame people, not devils, for the bad things they do. We find most people prefer to relinquish their personal responsibility and put it on beings we think of as fairytales.
By not believing in Heaven or Hell, we expect no reward or punishment after death, but take complete responsibility for what we do in our one life.
We don’t love everyone but love deeply those who have enriched our lives. By not loving all our neighbors, our love is valuable and has true meaning. Likewise, we do not repress our hatred for those who have done us wrong. As individualists, we do not judge on race or gender or sexual identity but by actions.
In sum, if you must find a reason, make it a true one. We don’t believe in God or Satan or faith or magic beans, and you do, fine. Please follow your own rules then, about not bearing false witness on your neighbor. These same lies destroyed countless lives a few decades back, and willing ignorance and prejudice can start it all over again.
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Out of the Frying Pan
Wherein the Wicked Witch Avoids Making a Painful Decision by Making the Right One
These are the Finalists for
Art on You Studios
"This leads me to the most significant accomplishment of the year. The opening of Satanme. I mean, have you seen that ass? "
When I see someone working in medicine who is also religiously inclined to believe in Heaven, my cynical brain wonders what, therefore, is the motivation to keep people alive? Lizzie obviously cares deeply or she would not be where she is, and it looks like it is just the beginning. This past year, alone:
• Got BSN • Got Advanced Cert in Trauma nursing • Obtained Prehospital Trauma Life support • Obtained employment at a Magnet Status Level 1 Trauma Center, that is also a certified burn, stroke, and chest pain center.
"Doktor's words just resonated with me....and it's LIBERATING to own my own life. My only regret is not having embraced the philosophy sooner."
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