10 posts tagged Anton LaVey
I’ve decided I view this “Satanic Temple" more or less the way I view this Pope Francis cat, which is to say: I have no plans to join their respective clubs, but I appreciate and respect their talents for trolling and traumatizing ALL the right people.
Like many, I rolled my eyes a little at the likes of CNN and other media outlets breathlessly gushing over Pope Francis and his shocking modesty, “unassuming wit,” and, shall we say… Christ-ian empathy for the poor and downtrodden. (“What a concept!” “He’s flipping the script up in here!”) But I also took immense delight in watching the far right shit their collective knickerbockers at the new Pope seeming more concerned with improving the well-being of the world’s poor than protecting the privilege of extreme wealth and controlling the sex lives of the masses. At a minimum, Francis is more media-savvy than that oblivious goof Benedict XVI. Now let’s see him get the child-molesters in his priesthood thrown into real, physical prison where they belong, go visit them, and wash their feet. That would actually be pretty cool.
More recently, the Satanic Temple has become a social gadfly of a different kind. Frankly - establishing ahead of time that the Satanic Temple is a PR/propaganda campaign rather than a serious Initiatory School - it’s puzzling to me why more seemingly intelligent people don’t comprehend how… maybe “genius” is a little much… let’s say “clever” their trolling game is. Their most recent stunt is an upcoming performance of a Black Mass scheduled to commence at Harvard University. Many people are not happy campers about this.
On the one hand, the Satanic Temple’s antics in Oklahoma and elsewhere are clearly designed to call out the obnoxious “Religious Freedom For Us, Sit Down and Shut Up for Everyone Else” hypocrisy of Christian Nationalism in America. But on the other, they’ve even got self-styled Satanists complaining of acute butthurt symptoms. “That’s not what LaVey said!” “Benevolence is not Satanic!” “If you make it mainstream, it loses its power!”
To be sure, the “Tenets” of the Satanic Temple don’t differ much from those of, say, the American Humanist Association. Think Critically; Be True To Yourself; Helping Others Is Helping Yourself; Try Not to Be an Asshole. They’ve basically taken the post-Enlightenment philosophy that first informed the Twentieth Century manifestation of Satanism and cut out Ayn Rand’s misanthropy and asshole-worship. Whether or not that’s a good thing or a bad thing depends on who you talk to.
Of course, phallus-flailing contests over who the “true” Satanists are both miss the point and defeat the purpose of transcending the fetters Satanism originally manifested to overcome. After all, God was and is made in the image of Man (General Jerry Boykin’s pretend Rambo Jesus being only one example of many); why should Satan be any different? It’s worth remembering that as far as conventional preachers and churches are concerned, anyone living “apart from God” is already walking the path of the Devil in the first place. Isn’t being OK with that really enough?
"When one does not profess Jesus Christ - I recall the phrase of Leon Bloy – “Whoever does not pray to God, prays to the devil.” When one does not profess Jesus Christ, one professes the worldliness of the devil." — Pope Francis
Moral of the Story: Satanism works best as a culturally context-sensitive tool in the toolbox, used sparingly on an as-needed basis, not as an all-encompassing personal identity. The former can be a powerful and even life-saving power source for overcoming the Restriction and Self-negation of conventional religion; the latter can too easily become a fortress that turns into a prison.
XEPER::REMANIFEST::REYN TIL RUNA
— Brother Virgil