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Church of Satan Celebrates Independence Day

INDEPENDENCE DAY in the Age of Anxiety

Today we mark yet another anniversary of The Declaration of Independence. Our founders intended this union to be a secular republic—a most unusual endeavor in the annals of human history. The philosophy of Satanism champions freedom, individualism and personal satisfaction, so endorsing the principles of a country that in 1776 promised its citizens “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” as fundamental rights is natural for us.  We Satanists have found inspiration from the bold proclamation in the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli that “the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian […]

Church of Satan wishes you a Happy New Year!

HAPPIEST OF NEW YEARS!

Tomorrow begins year LV, Anno Satanas. 50 years ago this month of December, Anton Szandor LaVey published The Satanic Bible, fulfilling the promise of the 1966 founding of the Church of Satan by providing a text defining Satanism as a religion and philosophy. It was the first such perspective to be offered by a Satanist for fellow Satanists, and intentionally set before a global audience. He challenged existing spiritual doctrines with a resounding rejection, following in the footsteps of prior individualist thinkers, offering a potent blend of concept, metaphor, and pragmatic principles which continues to stir the minds of those […]

Church of Satan wishes you a Happy New Year!

HAPPIEST OF NEW YEARS!

Tomorrow begins year LIV, Anno Satanas. As we’ve noted for several years, human society is in a raging turmoil of rabid tribalism, with barbarity on a perpetual rise. Individual liberty is threatened by many antagonists. We Satanists advocate for wider use of reason and forward thinking as tools to resist the trending rush towards authoritarianism, but that momentum is difficult to halt. Yet we fight our own battles in varied arenas to attain the goals our values have brought into focus. In time, society will move according to that will.  Whether circumstances might curtail the ends we seek, every moment […]

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CHURCH OF SATAN CELEBRATES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY  The Church of Satan has openly offered an individualist, atheism-based, carnal alternative to the world’s spiritual doctrines for the past 51 years and we expect to be able to continue welcoming fellow iconoclasts for centuries to come. Many of our members find it relevant to embrace today’s American national holiday, for it stands as a challenge to any one belief system enforcing hegemony over others as well as the bigotry of “one true way” believers.  In the past and present, our adherents have been met with hostility because of their chosen philosophy, hence supporting […]

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A SALUTE TO VETERANS!  Here in the U.S., today is Veterans Day, honoring those who served in our nation’s armed forces. We offer our sincere gratitude and admiration to all who have served in the militia worldwide to sustain—as well as attain—the precious privilege of liberty. From the highest to lowest ranks, you have our thanks. Your gifts to us merit our abiding recognition for preserving the freedoms we all enjoy as we pursue our vital existence. The image above is of Japanese Americans serving in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in the 1940s. They served at a time when […]

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MEMORIAL DAY Today I offer due honor to those who have given their lives in support of preserving or enhancing liberty for others. For them, championing freedom was worth the loss of their own precious existence—a profound gift that is indeed worthy of deepest respect. As a grateful beneficiary of their courage, I salute them. I know that many who value their privilege of self-determination join me on this solemn occasion of remembrance. Such brave deeds should never be forgotten—they must live on in the memories of all who may now exercise their personal sovereignty. —Magus Peter H. Gilmore

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A SALUTE TO VETERANS!  Here in the U.S., today is Veterans Day, honoring those who served in our nation’s armed forces. We offer our sincere gratitude and admiration to all who have served in the militia worldwide to sustain—as well as attain—the precious privilege of liberty. From the highest to lowest ranks, you have our thanks. Your gifts to us merit our abiding recognition for preserving the freedoms we all enjoy as we pursue our vital existence. The image above is of Japanese Americans serving in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in 1943. They served at a time when U.S. citizens of Japanese […]

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INDEPENDENCE DAYToday in the USA we celebrate the “birthday” of what our founders intended to be a secular republic. Americans popularly use this day as a means to enjoy a holiday summer weekend with convivial gatherings, barbecues, and evening fireworks displays while commercial enterprises lure folks towards capitalist excess with varied sales for their wares and services. While we partake or refrain from all of this as we please, Satanists also make time to reflect on the significance of the manifestation of this country whose expressed values favor self-determination for its citizens. Satanism champions freedom, individualism and personal satisfaction so […]

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Memorial Day Today I offer due honor to those who have given their lives in support of preserving or enhancing liberty for others. For them, championing freedom was worth the loss of their own precious existence—a profound gift that is indeed worthy of respect. As a grateful beneficiary of their bravery, I salute them. I know that many who value their privilege of self-determination join me on this solemn occasion of remembrance. Such brave deeds should never be forgotten. —Magus Peter H. Gilmore

In honor of the weekend of Memorial Day, (as well as Independence Day,  “Dawn of a New Day”, by Gyps Fulvus, is dedicated to all of those who have served or given their lives in the Armed Forces.   Accompanied by some inspirational original text, “Dawn of a New Day” serves as a reminder to never take one’s own freedom for granted, to keep the fire burning within to preserve one’s own liberty and pursuit of happiness, and to always remain true to one’s self within. Vocals and lyrics for this piece were performed and penned by Aaron Mantle (CoS Member and soldier of […]

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Evil Twin Podcast—Episode 048:Satanism with Magus Peter Gilmore  In this episode we have a chat with Magus Peter H. Gilmore, High Priest of the Church of Satan. We talk about his personal history, his pathway to Satanism and his journey to the helm of the church. Satanism is not what people think it is. Listen to this episode and learn.

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Magus Peter H. Gilmore on The Idea List Magus Gilmore is interviewed by Max Tholl for The Idea List digital magazine in a piece titled “We are rational people.”