In his essay "The Third Side: The Uncomfortable Alternative" (Satan Speaks, Feral House, 1998), Magus Anton Szandor LaVey shatters the commonly-held notion that there are "two sides to every issue," and defines the Satanic perspective as the Third Side. It is from this pespective that our articulate members will present to you their individual commentary on current events, media, politics, and culture.
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Posted on Thursday February 02, 2017
Freedom of Speech Suppressed in Berkeley Last night Breitbart...
Last night Breitbart Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos was forced to cancel a scheduled presentation at UC Berkeley and be evacuated as rioters violently attacked attendees, set fire to the campus, and destroyed public and private property. Regardless of how you feel about his views or the tone of his presentations, as Satanists we should be wary of this rising tide of violence against freedom of expression and speech.
We recognize that our own views and philosophical works are not of the masses and can be easily taken out of context and used as justification for persecution. During the Satanic Panic we were called every derogatory term under the sun, from child & animal killers to neo-fascists, regardless of our actual stances on respect for children and animals and upholding individualism and evaluating peers by “merit not inherit”.
Just as Satanists wouldn’t burn books—we read them and intelligently critique their content—when speakers are offered a platform, whether they are controversial or popular, there are civilized ways to offer discourse, criticism and alternative perspectives. Examining ideas is central to our philosophy, so that we can rationally select which to embrace and which to reject. To quote Stefan Molyneux: “Those who make conversations impossible, make escalation inevitable.”
—Reverend M. Hunter
Posted on Tuesday November 29, 2016
One Satanic Panic was Enough—Debunking Ted Gunderson and...
One Satanic Panic was Enough—Debunking Ted Gunderson and #Pizzagate
If you want to look really stupid, just try linking Satanism to this #pizzagate nonsense.
This old video of Ted Gunderson has resurfaced and people who live in a “post-fact” world are passing it on as some kind of smoking gun. Luckily for the non-brain dead among us this has been well documented as a load of crap. Ted Gunderson of course, was a total tinfoil hat lunatic and embarrassment to the FBI, whom the SPLC described as someone who “never met a conspiracy theory he didn’t believe.”
In the video circulating, Gunderson talks of links between the Illuminati, pedophilia and Satanism. This is as based in reality as his belief that aliens flew UFO’s to earth to give US Government the cure to Down Syndrome but the government is withholding it from people as a form of population control. If only that was a joke—it’s not.
Let’s run down the list:
Illuminati? No. The only documented Illuminati that has ever existed, ceased to do so in the late 1700’s.
Pedophilia? No. Not only is harming children specifically forbidden in our 11 Satanic Rules of the Earth, but also, while Satanism has always explicitly condoned all forms of sexual expression, it has always been only to those interactions between consenting adults. When it comes to pedophilia, the Roman Catholic Church has spent vast sums of money protecting pedophile priests and made continued long-term efforts covering up their crimes while allowing continued abuse of children under their supervision. The Christians must own that one and this continued deflection is as transparent as their holy water—and just as useless.
As to Gunderson’s overall schtick, that’s been debunked repeatedly. Here’s the full FBI files from the investigations into all of Gunderson’s abuse and kidnapping claims showing they were completely baseless and not a single victim could ever be identified. Shock TV host Geraldo Rivera, who trumpeted much of this madness, even later recanted and apologized for helping it, noting that it was all obviously fabricated and that he was terribly wrong.
That was in 1995. So, if today—more than 20 years later—you believe and parrot any of these fallacies you are broadcasting to the world that you are not only a simpleton, but a gullible idiot as well.
—Reverend Joel Ethan
Posted on Tuesday November 15, 2016
Full Disclosure: On the internet, there’s a sucker born every...
Most people today know this—the feeling evoked when watching someone make a fool out of themselves while just sitting back to watch the whole thing play out as it’s so amusing. We the audience know there’s a trap, but the fall guy walks right into it. That’s why shows like Candid Camera were so popular in their day, and why clips from similar Japanese prank shows rack up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. It’s harmless fun and everyone laughs at the end about how silly the whole thing was—and are thankful the joke wasn’t on them.
Recently we were contacted by a local publication in Boulder, CO called The Rooster and asked for our perspective on a few issues. We responded, as we always do, pointing them to our website where we’ve taken the time and effort to detail our positions and answer many frequently asked questions. They assured us (twice, in fact) that they’d read the articles to which we’d supplied links and asked to speak with someone to get a few specific quotes which we happily coordinated. In our conversations, they told us they’d already been in contact with The Satanic Temple, so we knew the game was afoot! And in the tradition of those unlucky folks on Candid Camera, walking right into a trap for everyone else’s amusement, The Rooster did not disappoint. You too can join in the fun by reading their piece Membership in satanic churches soars in Trump’s America. Unfortunately for our red feathered friends, we’re not sure they’ve been let in on the joke yet. Hopefully this isn’t too embarrassing.
Posted on Thursday September 29, 2016
Due to pressure from religious and activist groups, FearVR:5150...
Due to pressure from religious and activist groups, FearVR:5150 at Knott’s Scary Farm has been cancelled due to their “insensitive” mental hospital theme. Horror Buzz pokes some fun at the situation, asking the question: How do the demonically possessed feel in being used as a device for horror? Magus Peter H. Gilmore responses, pointing out Halloween’s “fun fear” as part of American culture and rightly accuses this wave of political correctness as a threat to freedom of expression.
In other news, cultural Puritans ask: is your dog’s Halloween costume sexist?
—Reverend Raul Antony
Posted on Friday September 16, 2016
Benjamin DeCasseres on the Strict Taxation of All Churches...
The archivists at the Union of Egoists have unearthed some occult wisdom from Benjamin DeCasseres, also known as the “Imp of 5th Avenue”. Originally published in The Clarion, DeCasseres attacks both the church and state, establishing a bombastic precursor to LaVey’s second point of his Pentagonal Revision program.
In her old withered bosom the Church nurses one dear thought—the hope of some day, when we are all quite down and out, reviving the glories of her youth, of again making the State her pimp. And what a pimp this Sugar-Daddy would be if she ever got a mediaeval stranglehold on him! What golden pickings! The Whore of Babylon would be a little Eva in comparison.
Posted on Tuesday August 02, 2016
REGARDING SATANIC AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBSSince the Church of Satan...
REGARDING SATANIC AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBS
Since the Church of Satan only allows legal adults as members, and since we are against all forms of possible proselytizing, we do not sponsor “clubs” in schools.
We encourage intelligent young people who have an interest to study our literature, and they may ask questions of us directly should they not understand any of our principles. We have many responsive spokespersons to handle such queries. In general, our written materials are quite straightforward and without the need for interpretation found in the texts of most religions.
Additionally, we do not support forms of activism which require Satanists to behave like members of other religions who do try to force their ideas on young people. We are strict secularists and individualists and oppose having religion foisted on students via peer pressure or other coercive means.
—Magus Peter H. Gilmore
The above was a response to reporters asking about the Church of Satan’s involvement with “Satanic Clubs”. For more on political activism and Satanism see the article “There Goes The Neighborhood: Activism and The Devil” by Magus Peter H. Gilmore.
Posted on Friday July 22, 2016
THE NEW PURITANISMThe latest news that comedian Mike Ward...
THE NEW PURITANISM
The latest news that comedian Mike Ward ordered to pay a $35k fine for a joke is further evidence of the new wave of secular puritanism that’s sweeping the Western World. In other news, Wikileaks sparks a thread of comments on what they call the “Cyber feudalism” of Twitter’s banning of gay libertarian Milo Yiannopoulos for speaking the ‘wrong’ way to a high profile Hollywood actress. They accuse Twitter of giving special access to a politically aligned celebrity over other users who have faced vastly worse. Minecraft creator Markus Persson weighs in as well, voicing his concern on Twitter.
All of which reminds me of Gavin McInnes’ video from a couple of months ago, Why far left “progressives” are the “new Victorians”. While we’re seeing a decline in a spiritual basis for our morals in the West these puritanical instincts remain, now secularized. Without a god or metaphysics as a crutch they double-down on politically correct virtue signaling in an effort to be the biggest Good Guy on the block.
In my estimation this is the real danger that Anton LaVey warned against in Point 3 of his Pentagonal Revisionism program.
—Reverend Raul Antony
Posted on Saturday June 04, 2016
No Honors In False EqualityIf everyone doesn’t get to wear...
If everyone doesn’t get to wear a little white stole, no one can. Because hurt feelings and such. I wonder if they will still have any sort of class rankings in schools anymore.
“Whelp. Can’t have a valedictorian or salutatorian any more because the other students will feel bad because it’s not them."
It’s been many years since I graduated high school and I remember it being a big academic competition (amongst us nerds, at least). School administrators are really setting kids up for failure in the real world, and this is part of why college students need their ”safe spaces“.
—Priestess Kim Rice
The robe itself is part of it. Masters wear hoods, Doctors wear caps. It was appropriate that those achieving above the grade in academia should be distinguished in this way, at the appropriate time for just such distinction.
Are the sports champs giving up trophies, yet?
—Magistra Peggy Nadramia
Posted on Sunday February 07, 2016
PLAYBOY HAS LOST ITS BALLS It just has to be said. Cancel your...
PLAYBOY HAS LOST ITS BALLS
It just has to be said. Cancel your subscriptions to Playboy magazine. Now!
The latest safe-for-work issue is on newsstands and it is the first in history without female nudity. As a former executive for the company, I can only describe my reaction as nauseated. But more disturbing to me, as a long-time true believer in what Hugh Hefner created as the ultimate sophisticated magazine for men, I admit, I’m also saddened.
Not only is the nudity gone, but the beard-wearing millennial nerds who run the magazine have eliminated the classic cover tagline “Entertainment For Men,” clearly signaling total acquiescence to politically correct feminization and frankly a lack of balls (“My girlfriend thinks it’s sexist” – ugh!). The jokes page is gone, too. Oh, men today are too “cool” to laugh at the old one-liners and salty limericks. So Rodney Dangerfield and a host of Friars Club legends aren’t funny anymore? The humor may have some grey on it, but it’s classic and timeless! It’s downright arrogant to think men of today can’t relate. So what’s funny now, pathetic self-deprecating loser humor the likes of Louie that makes boys feel better about themselves? That might explain it.
Playboy’s management told CNN it had a couple of hundred magazine cancellations since the non-nudity announcement. Come on, it’s more like a couple of thousand or more in what is a continually declining reader base that’s a result of millenials not reading anymore, NOT because they don’t relate! And what’s astounding is that this “brain trust” is positioning the new Playboy in the Vanity Fair category—a magazine that firmly targets WOMEN!!
Face it; Playboy’s excellent reportage and literature had widespread exposure thanks to the eye candy with which it was packaged. Millions of men would never have known the works of major authors if it weren’t for the T&A that brought them into the publication.
Another disturbing announcement came recently when Playboy said it’s selling the Holmby Hills Mansion. As someone who met Hefner, walked the halls of Playboy’s offices and knew intimately the pedigree and philosophy of the company, it makes me think the new management team somehow got a few decisions past the 89 year-old Hefner.
I can go on and on about Playboy’s justifications for the changes: there’s too much nudity on the Internet to compete, the magazine needs to be less explicit to gain advertisers (frankly insane in a society that now embraces nudity on cable TV like never before), and finally that young men simply don’t relate to it anymore.
Well, there is a real reason contemporary “men” don’t relate to the magazine anymore. It’s because many have been whipped into embracing ultra-feminist political correctness in order to be “liked and accepted” by women their age. They’re now afraid that if they embrace Playboy’s former DNA promoting love, romance and, yes, SEX as the greatest pleasure a man could find, then that thinking somehow objectifies women and they’ll then be shunned, missing out on what they really want—to see their girls nude and to get laid! There was a reason Hefner adopted the “fuck like a bunny” rabbit as its symbol. And I’m afraid the rabbit has died.
—Magister Dr. Bob Johnson, Editor & Publisher Old Nick Magazine
Posted on Sunday November 22, 2015
Paris, Proud Center of Abomination A guest on Fareed Zakaria’s...
Paris, Proud Center of Abomination
A guest on Fareed Zakaria’s GPS show on CNN this morning, France’s ambassador to the U.S. Gérard Araud was asked by Zakaria to react to ISIS’s reasoning for targeting Paris as a center of prostitution, in essence Sodom and Gomorrah. Araud responded that “We are proud to be that.” He emphasized that a message needs to be sent that they are keeping the French sense of “joie de vivre” and stated: “We are a center of abomination for these guys and our intention is to remain such.”
I offer a horned salute to this bold and earthy challenge to theist repression!
Vive Araud! Vive Paris! Vive la France!
—Magus Peter H. Gilmore
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