It’s well established in all forms of Satanism that Satan, whether interpreted as a literal deity or an archetype worth emulating, represents a healthy skepticism and independence from dogmatic thought. Then why are some Satanists so adverse to this skepticism that they supposedly support? …
LaVeyan, or Modern Satanists are not immune to this behavior. When John Allee published his bit on various Anton LaVey legends , Satanists came out of the woodwork to defend the CoS founder despite Allee’s extensive sources. Granted, he should have provided links to all of these sources but the information is groundbreaking. ASL fanatics fervently dismiss that article as hogwash but much of LaVey’s background could be checked by anyone via public records as listed on Allee’s article. Nonetheless, some LaVey fanboys don’t wish his reputation to be tarnished so they ignore any responsibility they have to find out the truth. In the Satanic Bible itself has many lines expressing contempt for “falsehoods” and lies. The most prominent one, to me, is in the second chapter of the Book Of Satan which states:
“Whatever alleged ‘truth’ is proven by results to be but an empty fiction, let it be unceremoniously flung into the outer darkness, among the dead gods, dead empires, dead philosophies, and other useless lumber and wreckage!”
With this being said, why isn’t this enforced in regards to LaVey’s fabricated background? Perhaps idol-worship? Maybe they believe that it discredits the Church Of Satan. If that’s the case then I can understand their reasoning albeit I don’t agree with it. I don’t want to assume that all Modern Satanists are like this. Most probably don’t care, seeing that a great deal of Modern Satanists that I’m aware of are rather simply Hedonists. My point is that it’s unusual that this exists even in this particular version of Satanism. Nonetheless, it amuses me insofar as this behavior is already rampant in Christianity et al.
No matter how many people do this in Modern Satanism, my main concern are these fanatical – I jokingly call them Evangelical – Theistic Satanists who revere Satan as a literal deity yet cling to various remarkable claims about who/what Satan is or came from. As Carl Sagan once said : “Remarkable claims require remarkable evidence.”
In my searching for answers, I go straight to the source. I go into groups on Facebook and elsewhere to ask them if they have any proof of their claims. The first thing they tell me is to look at the supposed evidence, like similarities between cultures and different gods, and other conspiracy theories. When I tell them that such assumptions are not credible they tell me to “ask Satan Himself”.
I have a huge problem with this and I’ll make an example out of the Bible. When some one receives “divine inspiration”, assuming it is actually from a god and the person isn’t wacko, they interpret this with their own biases and morality through which they see the world. Hence all of the things in the Bible that we renounce today, death by stoning being one. What I’m trying to say is that people can be idiotic, and they’ll make that known in their interpretation of supernatural phenomenon. Anything which is supposed to be a direct word from any god or spirit should be taken with a large grain of salt. Besides, if information is from a “god” then I’d expect it to be factually correct.
After being referred to Satan, I state that I want academic and scientific evidence and that this is possible to attain. Here is where they get hostile. I’ve even been accused of insulting their beliefs by questioning Satan. How do Satanists get off on saying something like this? How do they reconcile this with Satan the adversary, the one who, according to many, rebelled against a tyrannical Jehova to bring wisdom and awareness to humanity? What are these Satanists afraid of?
It seems that even Satanism is riddled with religious fundamentalists. My main concern is if anything can be done about it. I’ve been told that it’s useless, but I have to try for reasons of conscience.
There’s a saying I’ve adapted from Newton’s third law of motion : “When you push at some one or a relationship, it pushes back with equal or greater force.” So, as it happens, these fundamentalists are as stubborn as ever. My quest continues.