On the anniversary of his birth, we enjoy celebrating the wisdom and bravery of the man who founded the Church of Satan. At a time when mysticism and irrationalism were rampant, he codified a rational, atheist philosophy taking Satan as its inspirational icon. His deep insights into the human animal lead him to weave together many threads from earlier iconoclasts into that dark tapestry of ideas he called Satanism, launching a movement that continues to thrive. We are proud upholders and exemplars of this empowering perspective, and our lives are richer for it.
Considering the current ideological climate, it is clear that his ideas continue to be relevant for a philosophy that champions reason, secularism and individualism has never been more important in this world mired in theist atrocities, cowardly herd-think, and faith in fictions nullifying skepticism as a key towards any search for truth.
Magus LaVey lived his life to the fullest, and provided us with a powerful tool so that we may do the same. He did not require that we adopt his personal tastes and values, but encouraged us to cultivate our own. The challenge and gift he presented was that each of us must be our own god—and the responsibility inherent in that is not for many. As did he, we attain our goals and fulfill our chosen destinies which we share with those whom we cherish. We salute our founder for the auspicious impact he has had upon us all.
Hail Magus Anton Szandor LaVey!
—Magus Peter H. Gilmore