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Hail Satan?

To: alt.satanism
From: "Juan Vargas" 
Subject: Re: Hail Satan?
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 19:19:36 -0600

"Kirsten"  wrote...
> Hi!
> About 4 months ago I started reading about Satanism and I thought it =
> very interesting. I bought the Satanic Bible and read it.
> But on Internet there are so many groups and all of them say they have =
> right answer and they know what Satanism is.
> So is that up to me what I want to believe or is it like the doctors - =
> ask 3 different ones and you get 3 different answers to the same =
> One thing about christians is that they say God loves everyone and the
> church welcome all people but the christian leaders don't want to =
> gays and lesbians. They like to squeeze out people that isn't like =

Satanism often resembles other religions in the way it divides into
competing factions, all of whom accuse the others of being "false"
Satanism.  The Satanic Bible is a good place to start, but remember
you should not take it, or anything else, too seriously.  Anton
LaVey's words are just ideas, they are not holy commandments.  If
you start spouting LaVey's words like holy scripture you miss the
point of Satanism completely, and that is to always think for
yourself.  LaVey himself writes that ALL religions, including
Satanism, must always be put to the test; if ideas work that's
great, if they don't work anymore they must be discarded and
replaced with something new.  He also writes that the SB contains
both fact and fantasy, and that the reader must learn to
distinguish the two.  This is stark contrast to christianity,
islam, etc. where every single word of their holy books are
claimed to be the absolute true word of gawd.

Some words of wisdom from the Satanic Bible:


Before none of your printed idols do I bend in acquiescence, and he
who saith "thou shalt" to me is my mortal foe!

No hoary falsehood shall be a truth to me; no stifling dogma shall
encramp my pen!

I question all things.  As I stand before the festering and varnished
facades of your haughtiest moral dogmas, I write thereon in letters
of blazing scorn: Lo and behold; all this is fraud!

No creed must be accepted upon authority of a "divine" nature.
Religions must be put to the question.  No moral dogma must be taken
for granted - no standard of measurement deified.  There is nothing
inherently sacred about moral codes.  Like the wooden idols of long
ago, they are the work of human hands, and what man has made, man can

He that is slow to believe anything and everything is of great
understanding, for belief in one false principle is the beginning of
all unwisdom.

The chief duty of every new age is to upraise new men to determine
its liberties, to lead it towards material success - to tend the rusty
padlocks and chains of dead custom that always prevent healthy
expansion.  Theories and ideas that may have meant life and hope and
freedom for our ancestors may now mean destruction, slavery, and
dishonor to us!

Whenever, therefore, a lie has built unto itself a throne, let it be
assailed without pity and without regret, for under the domination
of an inconvenient falsehood, no one can prosper.

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!

-- Anton LaVey; "The Satanic Bible" (The Book of Satan)

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