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Satanism and Wiccan public relations

To: alt.pagan
Subject: Satanism and Wiccan public relations
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 94 14:51:32 EST

The majority of today's self-described "Satanists" are LaVeyans who
don't believe in or "worship" Satan, but regard "Satan" merely as a
_symbol_ of independent thought, etc.   And among those of us who
actually do revere an entity whom we believe is the same entity
Christians call "Satan", the vast majority of us do _NOT_ accept
Christian theology, but have various other interpretations of
who/what "Satan" is.
...To most
Satanists, "Satan" is associated with a variety of human traits that
Christianity traditionally considers "Evil" (pride, sensuality,
etc.), but which a non-Christian wouldn't necessarily consider evil.

...most Wiccans will probably reply that their deities' facets include 
destruction as a necessary part of the cycle of life.  Well, many 
Satanists have a similar feeling about "Satan".
On the other hand, one real difference between Wicca and Satanism is
that Satanists generally do _NOT_ believe in the "threefold law" and
do allow ourselves the option of retaliation.

it _ISN'T_ accurate to say, "Witches are not Satanists."  _SOME_
witches _ARE_ Satanists.
Diane Vera

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