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The Feared Religion

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From: Peggy Nadramia 
Subject: The Feared Religion
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 1994 07:17:29 -0500

Satanism: The Feared Religion
Magister Peter H. Gilmore

When Anton Szandor LaVey shaved his head and created the Church of Satan 
on April 30, 1966, he knew that soon he would be the focal point of 
attention for people throughout the globe.  Now that the twenty-fifth 
anniversary of that fateful night has passed, has the world begun to 
understand the real meaning behind the only organized religion in history 
to take as its symbol the ultimate figure of pride and rebellion, and to 
many, of Evil?
And are there truly some grounds for people to feel fear at the ever 
growing phenomenon of contemporary Satanism?  As a priest in the Church 
of Satan and media representative, I can candidly say, "Yes!"  However, 
what the general populace has decided to fear is a ludicrous portrait 
that has been painted in lurid technicolor by media hypesters intent on 
titillation, evangelists struggling to fill their coffers and keep their 
mistresses in jewelry, and most distressingly, by a segment of the 
therapeutic community who have found a gold-mine in the treatment of 
so-called "ritual abuse survivors" who provide no evidence of their tales 
of terror (remarkably similar to stories told by women labelled by Freud 
as hysterics), save for their fervent belief that they were victimised. I 
shall not waste time in refuting the absurd claim that there is an 
international conspiracy of generational Satanists bent on enslaving the 
world through drug use and sacrifice of babies bred for that purpose by 
emotionally unstable women. That has been adequately dealt with in other 
sources (CSER Report Satanism in America). Let us instead look at 
contemporary Satanism for what it really is: a brutal religion of elitism 
and social Darwinism that seeks to re-establish the reign of the able 
over the idiotic, of swift justice over injustice, and for a wholesale 
rejection of egalitarianism as a myth that has crippled the advancement 
of the human species for the last two thousand years.  Is that something 
to fear?  If you're one of the majority of human mediocrities merely 
existing as a media-besotted drone, you bet it is!
The philosophy of Satanism is delineated in the writings of Anton Szandor 
LaVey. His books include The Satanic Bible, The Satanic Rituals, and The 
Satanic Witch. All are currently in print and should be consulted by 
anyone interested in a complete picture of the views held by the Church 
of Satan. One can obtain further information by reading two books by 
Blanche Barton, personal secretary to Mr. LaVey and an administrator of  
the Church, The Secret Life of a Satanist  (Feral House) and The Church 
of Satan (Hell's Kitchen Productions). These works have a great deal of 
material regarding the history and contemporary practices of the Church 
of Satan.
For those who have yet to study this literature, there are three sets of 
brief guidelines* issued over the years by the Church and authored by 
LaVey, which can give the uninitiated a capsulized version of Satanic 
philosophy. The first are the Nine Satanic Statements which open The 
Satanic Bible and give a firm foundation for the Satanist.  They are:

1. Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence.

2. Satan represents vital existence instead of spiritual pipe dreams.

3. Satan represents undefiled wisdom instead of hypocritical self-deceit.

4. Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it instead of love 
wasted on ingrates.

5. Satan represents vengeance instead of turning the other cheek.

6. Satan represents responsibility to the responsible instead of concern 
for psychic vampires.
7. Satan represents man as just another animal -- sometimes better, more 
often worse than those that walk on all-fours -- who, because of his 
"divine spiritual and intellectual development," has become the most 
vicious animal of all.

8. Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to 
physical, mental, or emotional gratification.

9. Satan has been the best friend the Church has ever had, as He kas kept 
it in business all these years. 

The next statements, The Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth, were written 
at about the same time, but were then considered too frank and brutal for 
general release and issued only to the membership. Here is the Lex 
Satanicus, a law of the jungle for social interaction:

1. Do not give opinions or advice unless you are asked.

2. Do not tell your troubles to others unless you are sure they want to 
hear them.

3. When in another's lair, show him respect or else do not go there.

4. If a guest in your lair annoys you, treat him cruelly and without mercy.

5. Do not make sexual advances unless you are given the mating signal.

6. Do not take that which does not belong to you unless it is a burden to 
the other person and he cries out to be relieved.

7. Acknowledge the power of magic if you have employed it successfully to 
obtain your desires. If you deny the power of magic after having called 
upon it with success, you will lose all you have obtained.

8. Do not complain about anything to which you need not subject yourself.

9. Do not harm little children.

10. Do not kill non-human animals unless you are attacked or for your food.

11. When walking in open territory, bother no one. If someone bothers 
you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him.

Since we have been issuing statements of what we are seeking, it was 
considered time to make a list of behaviors that we wish to see avoided 
in the Satanic community. Satanists acknowledge that we are human and 
work towards perfection, but can sometimes fall into negative patterns of 
action. Thus was born the list of The Nine Satanic Sins, guidelines for 
what Satanists consider to be non-productive behavior to be recognized 
and eliminated from one's daily existence.

1. Stupidity -- The top of the list for Satanic Sins. The Cardinal Sin of 
Satanism. It's too bad that stupidity isn't painful. Ignorance is one 
thing, but our society thrives increasingly on stupidity. It depends on 
people going along with whatever they are told. The media promotes a 
cultivated stupidity as a posture that is not only acceptable but 
laudable. Satanists must learn to see through the tricks and cannot 
afford to be stupid.

2. Pretentiousness -- Empty posturing can be most irritating and isn't 
applying the cardinal rules of Lesser Magic. On equal footing with 
stupidity for what keeps the money in circulation these days. Everyone's 
made to feel like a big shot, whether they can come up with the goods or not.

3. Solipsism -- Can be very dangerous for Satanists. Projecting your 
reactions, responses and sensibilities onto someone who is probably far 
less attuned than you are. It is the mistake of expecting people to give 
you the same consideration, courtesy and respect that you naturally give 
them. They won't. Instead, Satanists must strive to apply the dictum of 
"Do unto others as they do unto you." It's work for most of us and 
requires constant vigilance lest you slip into a comfortable illusion of 
everyone being like you. As has been said, certain utopias would be ideal 
in a nation of philosophers, but unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately, 
from a Machiavellian standpoint) we are far from that point.

4. Self-deceit -- It's in the Nine Satanic Statements but deserves to be 
repeated here. Another cardinal sin. We must not pay homage to any of the 
sacred cows presented to us, including the roles we are expected to play 
ourselves. The only time self-deceit should be entered into is when it's 
fun, and with awareness. But then, it's not self-deceit!

5. Herd Conformity -- That's obvious from a Satanic stance. It's all 
right to conform to a person's wishes, if it ultimately benefits you. But 
only fools follow along with the herd, letting an impersonal entity 
dictate to you. The key is to choose a master wisely instead of being 
enslaved by the whims of the many.

6. Lack of Perspective -- Again, this one can lead to a lot of pain for a 
Satanist. You must never lose sight of who and what you are, and what a 
threat you can be, by your very existence. We are making history right 
now, every day. Always keep the wider historical and social picture in 
mind. That is an important key to both Lesser and Greater Magic. See the 
patterns and fit things together as you want the pieces to fall into 
place. Do not be swayed by herd constraints -- know that you are working 
on another level entirely from the rest of the world.

7. Forgetfulness of Past Orthodoxies -- Be aware that this is one of the 
keys to brainwashing people into accepting something "new" and 
"different," when in reality it's something that was once widely accepted 
but is now presented in a new package. We are expected to rave about the 
genius of the "creator" and forget the original. This makes for a 
disposable society.

8. Counterproductive Pride -- That first word is important. Pride is 
great up to the point you begin to throw out the baby with the bathwater. 
The rule of Satanism is: if it works for you, great. When it stops 
working for you, when you've painted yourself into a corner and the only 
way out is to say, "I'm sorry, I made a mistake, I wish we could 
compromise somehow," then do it.

9. Lack of Aesthetics -- This is the physical application of the Balance 
Factor. Aesthetics is important in Lesser Magic and should be cultivated. 
It is obvious that no one can collect any money off classical standards 
of beauty and form most of the time so they are discouraged in a consumer 
society, but "an eye" for for beauty, for balance, is an essential 
Satanic tool and must be applied for greatest magical effectiveness. It's 
not what's supposed to be pleasing -- it's what is. Aesthetics is a 
personal thing, reflective of one's own nature, but there are universally 
pleasing and harmonious configurations that should not be denied. 

This basically sums up the rudiments of Satanic philosophy. It certainly 
has nothing to do with the prevailing Judeo-Christian outlook of altruism 
and self-sacrifice, and can thus seem quite alien and frightening to one 
brought up in that world view. Realistically, the Satanic code of 
behavior is based on human nature as it is and thus comes naturally to 
most people who have not been deeply indoctrinated in anti-life and 
anti-rational belief systems. It is a fact that many people today call 
themselves Christians but really have no clear concept as to what that 
philosophy fully entails, so they generally behave in a Satanic fashion. 
We think that it is high time that this is recognized and that people 
call themselves what they truly are, not what is socially convenient for 

As you can see, there are no elements of Devil worship in the Church of 
Satan. Such practices are looked upon as being Christian heresies; 
believing in the Christian world view of God vs. the Devil and choosing 
to side with the Prince of Darkness. Satanists do not believe in the 
supernatural, in either God or the Devil. To the Satanist, he is his own 
God. Satan is a symbol of Man living as his prideful, carnal nature 
dictates. The reality behind Satan is simply the dark evolutionary force 
that permeates all of nature and provides the drive for survival and 
propagation inherent in all living things. Thus Satan is not a conscious 
entity to be worshipped, rather a reservoir of power inside each human to 
be tapped at will. Thus any concept of sacrifice is rejected as a 
Christian aberration. There's no diety to which one can sacrifice.
Satanists do have experience of the super-normal in their practice of 
ritual or Greater Magic. This is a technique for influencing the outcome 
of human events to desired ends via reaching an extreme emotional state 
in the context of a ritual, sending forth a vision of what you want to 
occur (the Is To Be), which, if your levels of adrenaline are high 
enough, will permeate the unconscious minds of those you wish to 
influence, causing them to behave as you will when the time is right. 
This does not mean that anything is possible, for it takes a great deal 
of energy to make a strong sending, and it is often difficult to 
influence events from the inertia of their present directions. Awareness 
of your abilities and what is possible to achieve is the hallmark of a 
successful Satanic magician. Satanists also practice Lesser Magic which 
is basically the day to day manipulation of your fellows to obtain your 
ends. Detailed techniques are given in The Satanic Witch. 

Recently we have seen certain evangelists and even academics calling 
Satanism a neo-Nazi movement.  This is an innacurate label. The Nazi 
movement drew much of its power from a racist doctrine of Aryan 
superiority. Satanism is far more discerning than that. While there are 
provable biological differences between the races and statistically 
demonstrable performance levels in various activities, it is quite 
irrational to think that someone can be elite or not simply because of 
the color of their skin. Even if one comes from promising genetic stock, 
and by that we mean from ancestors who have proven their abilities to be 
superior in performance, this does not guarantee an individual's 
advancement. No, we Satanists only recognize an individual as elite if 
they prove it by cultivating their abilities to the highest extent 
possible. This is something that requires the Satanic virtue of 
discipline, a quality we try to instill in our own iron youth. There are 
elite individuals from all ethnic backgrounds, and they are embraced by 
Satanism for the superior beings that they are.

        Satanists treasure individualism, hardly something to be gained 
goose-stepping down the strasse. Yet we do not embrace an "anything goes" 
atmosphere wherein all values are relative and nothing rises above a 
sludge of commonality. Satanism encourages a return to more "traditional" 
values in art and literature such as mastery of technique and emotional 
communication, of form and function, design and execution. All are 
eagerly sought. Satanists find a wealth of material in Western culture to 
be treasured for the pinnacle of human achievements that they are, and 
not to be buried under the swill of multiculturalist attempts to displace 
them with dubious "achievements" simply because they are non-Western as 
has become rampant in some academic circles of late.  We call to each 
individual to seek human greatness wherever it can be found, from the 
vaults of history and from the talented producers of the present, and to 
deride the trendy sham for the shallow facade that it is.

Satanists see the social structure of humanity as being stratified, thus 
each person reaches a level commensurate with the development (or lack 
thereof) of their natural talents. The principle of the survival of the 
strong is advocated on all levels of society, from allowing an individual 
to stand or fall, to even letting those nations that cannot handle 
themselves take the consequences of this inability. Any assistance on all 
levels will be on a quid pro quo basis. There would be a concommitant 
reduction in the world's population as the weak are allowed to experience 
the consequences of social Darwinism. Thus has nature always acted to 
cleanse and strengthen her children. This is harsh, but that is the way 
of the world. We embrace reality and do not try to transform it into some 
utopia that is contrary to the very fabric of existence. Practical 
application of this doctrine would see the complete cessation of the 
welfare system, an end to "no-strings attached" foreign aid and new 
programs to award and encourage gifted individuals in all fields to 
pursue personal excellence. A meritocracy will replace the practice of 
such injustices as "affirmative action" and other programs designed to 
punish the able and reward the undeserving.

Satanists also seek to enhance the laws of nature by concentrating on 
fostering the practice of eugenics. This is not some exotic doctrine 
hatched in the brains of Third Reich medical madmen. It is the practice 
of encouraging people of talent and ability to reproduce, to enrich the 
gene pool from which our species can grow. This was commonly practiced 
throughout the world, as even a text on eugenics endorsed by the Women's 
Christian Temperence Union can prove, until it was given a bad name by 
Nazi excesses. Until the genetic code is cracked and we can choose the 
character of our offspring at will, Satanists seek to mate the best, with 
the best.  Satanists who know that they are defective refrain from 

Satanists are particularly disgusted by the extraordinary level of 
criminal activity which abounds today and thus advocate a return to the 
Roman Lex Talionis; let the punishment fit in kind and degree the crime. 
To achieve this, we would be pleased to see the institution of an elite 
police force, an American Schutzstaffel as it were, of men and women in 
peak physical and mental condition, trained in advanced techniques of 
crime fighting who would be truly equipped to handle the vermin that make 
so many of our cities into little more than concrete jungles. Man is a 
social creature and makes his social contract with his fellows, thus 
rules of conduct are established to allow maximum freedom for individuals 
to interact. Disobey those rules and punishment must be swift and sure, 
and most probably public as well. This does not mean the incarceration of 
individuals in institutions at the expense of the victims for so called 
"rehabilitation." No, these criminals must be put to some use, perhaps as 
forced labor to even clean up the environment that has so carelessly been 
soiled under the dominance of a philosophy that sees man as superior to 
other living creatures. Man is an animal, and must go back to acting like 
one, not soiling his own lair.

The Church of Satan pursues a five point plan to move society in 
directions that are considered to be beneficial to Satanists. The first 
point is the advocation of general recognition and acceptance of 
stratification, which is no less than the elimination of egalitarianism 
wherever it has taken root. Mediocrity shall be identified and despised. 
The stupid should suffer for their behavior. The truly beautiful and 
magnificent are to be cherished. Each individual must choose for himself 
his own aesthetic standards, but we think that there are certain elements 
of achievement that are undeniable, even if they are not satisfying to 
everyone. For example, one cannot deny the superior accomplishment 
inherent in a Beethoven symphony, a Michelangelo sculpture, a DaVinci 
painting, or a Shakespeare play. Many Satanists are working to create 
their own citadels of excellence outside of the cultural mainstream and 
have preserved the worthy from the past and continue to create new works 
of power to be unleashed to those who will be appreciative.

The second point is the enforcement of strict taxation of all churches. 
This would remove the government sanction of religion and force these 
parasites to live off of their own  members alone, and if they can't, 
then they will perish as they should. The Church of Satan has never 
pursued tax-exempt status and challenges all the rest of the world's 
churches to stand on their own feet. Let us expose the vampiric nature of 
the organized religions and see if they can withstand the light of day. 

Third, we call for the re-establishment of Lex Talionis throughout human 
society. The Judeo-Christian tradition which exists secularly under the 
guise of liberal humanism has exalted the criminal over the victim, 
taking responsibility away from the wrong-doer with their doctrine of 
forgiveness. Such thinking is a disgrace towards the ideal of justice. 
This must stop! All must accept the consequences of their actions. It 
should come as no surprise that there are a great deal of Satanists who 
are part of law enforcement agencies, and many people throughout this and 
other criminal justice systems who fully agree with Satanic philosophy on 
this point. If the law is not being enforced, Satanists advocate the 
practice of seeking personal justice, but you are warned to be fully 
aware of the consequences of such actions in today's corrupt society. 
With the present state of affairs, the outcry may yet come to welcome 
justice back to stay.

Fourth, Satanists advocate a new industry, the development and promotion 
of artificial human companions. These humanoids will be constructed to be 
as realistic as possible, and available to anyone who can afford one. 
Recognizing that the human animal often raises himself up throught the 
denegration of another, this would provide a safe outlet for such 
behavior. Have the lover of your dreams, regardless of your own prowess; 
every man a king who can purchase his own subject; or contrarywise, buy 
the master you wish to serve. Freedom of choice to satisfy your most 
secret desires with no-one to be bothered is now at hand. What could be 
better for blowing off the tension that exists throughout our society, 
and promoting healthier interaction among true humans?

Finally we advocate the construction of total environments, 
technologically up-to-date but theatrically convincing, to be literal 
pleasure domes and places of amusement and delight. We have seen the 
beginnings in some of the major theme parks, but let us take them on to 
the heights depicted in films like Westworld. Here you will be able to 
indulge in whatever environment you can imagine. Recreation of past 
history would not only be ripe for these constructions, but science 
fiction and fantasy will provide fertile sources for many of these 
playgounds. Even now such projects are gearing up.

Would the average person be able to spot a member of the Church of Satan? 
Since Satanists cover the total spectrum of economic and professional 
achievement, unless someone is sporting a sigil of Baphomet medallion, or 
wearing the Baphomet lapel pin signifying an official representative, you 
really can not pin down a Satanist by appearance and behavior alone. In 
their daily practices, Satanists are individuals who are enjoying their 
lives in the here and now. They eat what they please, dress as they 
please, and generally follow whatever life style suits them best, so long 
as it is within the laws of their country of residence. There is no 
requirement for participation in ritual activity. The techniques 
presented in our literature are for members to make use of as they so 
desire. Some Satanists enjoy the social atmosphere of group ritual and 
seek out others for this purpose. Many Satanists find their ritual 
activity to be very personal and prefer to remain solitary. Either path 
is acceptible to the Church of Satan. Indeed, there are no rules for 
frequency of ritual activity. Some ritually celebrate the equinoxes and 
solstices as holidays, but of course one's own birthday is the highest 
Satanic holiday of the year. The ritual process is often used as a 
cathartic, to cleanse the individual of desires that could turn into 
compulsions if they remained unfulfilled, thus such practices take the 
place of therapy. Satanists cherish their individuality and do not try to 
conform to others' standards of "normality." Also, Satanists do not 
proselytize so you will not find yourself approached by someone in a 
black cloak waving tracts in your face. We have our literature readily 
available, and should someone find the philosophy to be to their liking, 
they may approach us to investigate the possibility of affiliation 
(Church of Satan, P.O. Box 210082, San Francisco, CA 94121). The general 
public would probably be surprised to find that they have been 
interacting with Satanists for many years, and that these Satanists will 
be some of the most interesting, fair, trustworthy, and enjoyable people 
that they know.

The world when fully permeated by Satanism will provide a challenging 
environment wherein you can achieve much, or little, based on the level 
of input you can muster and the extent of your natural abilities. Yes, 
this is frightening to the masses who wish to sit back and be herded from 
one media hyped product to the next. Our world challenges you to think, 
and do something with those thoughts! Those who wish to lead a drugged 
existence, whether the addictive element is chemical or media, shall be 
recognized for the slaves that they are and held in contempt. They can 
continue their self-destructive paths if so desired, but they shall not 
be allowed to hold back those who want to achieve greatness.
Don't worry, you who have been fooled into believing the paper tiger 
displayed by today's media; we Satanists aren't after your children, for 
they are probably as hopelessly mediocre as their parents. But we are 
moving the world towards a state wherein the freeloaders will either work 
or starve, and the parasites will be removed to wither and die. So, you need
only fear real Satanism if you are a criminal, a parasite, or a wastrel. 
Are you afraid?

* The Nine Satanic Statements, The Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth, and 
The Nine Satanic Sins  are copyrighted by Anton Szandor LaVey and may not 
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