Month: May 2017

The LGBTQ-Friendly Satanic Temple Wants to Erect a Veterans Memorial

Lucien Greaves states, “The idea was that Satanists, asserting their rights and privileges where religious agendas have been successful in imposing themselves upon public affairs, could serve as a poignant reminder that such privileges are for everybody, and can be used to serve an agenda beyond the current narrow understanding of what ‘the’ religious agenda is.” So it captured our attention when we heard about the Satanic Temple erecting a veterans memorial in Belle Plaine, Minnesota. The city’s park used to have a veteran’s monument featuring “a black metal silhouette of a soldier with a rifle kneeling before a 2-foot cross,”...

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Between Bliss and Torment

In “Indulgence… Not Compulsion,” LaVey describes the chief difference between indulging in our desires and being compelled to do something, even if it is enjoyable: choice. It is lack of choice that produces a compulsion, and a compulsion perpetuates the lack of choice when a person is powerless to resist it. Addictions of all kinds, whether they are physical or psychosomatic, are perfect examples of compulsion. When we are free to explore our desires in a safe way so that they need harm no one, we are set free from the artificial chains that inevitably produce compulsions. And it...

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Satan as Humanitarian Hero in “Revolt of the Angels”

Satan wasn’t always portrayed as an evil, beastly monster. In the Romantic era of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, revolutionary writers and artists reimagined the character of Satan in the epic poem “Paradise Lost” as a hero, daring to rebel against God’s unjust tyranny. Though the Romantic era and the most prolific visions of Satan as hero came to a close around the 1850s, the idea still continued to inspire a number of artists, including a French writer named Anatole France. France’s writing was irreverent and in some places downright anticlerical, and his entire works were placed...

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Build Your Own Satanic Community

Want to start your own Satanic community in your area? Here are a few helpful tips from The Satanic Temple - Seattle Chapter head Lilith Starr! Do you crave connection with fellow Satanists and freethinkers? Take part in the Satanic awakening sweeping the globe: start your own local Satanic community. Here’s how! Click HERE to continue reading More helpful guidance: Thank you for your interest in setting up a local chapter. The first step toward creating a local TST Chapter is to connect with fellow Satanists and like-minded supporters. Many people have taken advantage of social media to do...

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The Satanic Scholar

The Satanic Scholar Romanticism: More Satanic than Satanism: Part 1 of 3 Part 1 “Satanism is not a part of Romanticism. It is Romanticism. It may well be said without any levity that Satan was the patron saint of the Romantic School. He impressed it with his personality to such an extent that it was soon named after him.”1                              — Maximilian Rudwin, The Devil in Legend and Literature (1931) Romantic Satanism—that grand turn-of-the-nineteenth-century tradition which proved to be a lodestone for some of the most titanic...

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