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To: alt.satanism
From: (Balanone)
Subject: If it were not for Anton LaVey and the Church Of Satan . . .
Date: 27 Nov 96 06:09:14

On Nov 26, 1996, wrote to All
re: Re: If it were not for Anton LaVey and the Church Of Satan . . .

T@b>    Dr. LaVey's philosophies were the foundation of what can be
T@b> called  Modern Satanism, or may I coin a term, AMERICAN SATANISM.
T@b> Since the inception of (American) Satanism in 1966, there have been
T@b> many 'psychic vampires' looking to leech off the success and
T@b> popularity of Dr. LaVey's philosophies- I think his basic tenets and
T@b> beliefs have (while not being recognized (YET) as mainstream) opened
T@b> doors to venues and paths that would not be explored otherwise. Yet
T@b> these 'psychic vampires' are quick to claim heir apparence to the
T@b> throne of Satanism.
T@b>    While (American) Satanism is a relatively new inception, I
T@b> believe that it will grow and prosper in the future, providing
T@b> unique and variable ways to approach the rigors of modern social
T@b> structure, including religion, psychology, sociology, etc.
T@b>    Without the bias that comes with 'established' religions, without
T@b> the overtones of egalitarian banality, (American) Satanism will
T@b> march forth into the night, conquering and dividing, until at last,
T@b> the arena shall be filled with the piteous cries of those that
T@b> opposed Lex Talionis!

I agree with just about everything you said above, though perhaps not
with some of the unspoken details.

Unfortunately, looking for the progress of Anton LaVey's work as
revealed by his Church of Satan in the last ten years, I don't find it.

It may be there, buried under mounds of garbage issued by others. Or it
may be held privately within the CoS and not shared with others (though
I doubt that latter, based on LaVey's past publications and his history
of sharing his advances with the public).

LaVey created Modern/American Satanism. That movement is still in its
infancy. But from the perspective of only 30 years after, looking back
at the last 10 I see no advancement in the movement, at least not from
LaVey or the CoS.  I'm hoping that people can show me wrong here, but
that is my perception so far.


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