liberty

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Hail Independence!

INDEPENDENCE DAY: America the Fragile?

Once again, we mark the anniversary of The Declaration of Independence, that traitorous 1776 statement which lead to the foundation of the United States of America. Those colonials who wanted to shed foreign rule ostensibly intended their territorial union to be a secular republic—a most unusual endeavor in the annals of human history. As a philosophy of individualism and self-determination, Satanism’s fundamental principals endorse “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” as promised fundamental “rights” that should be ensconced in a governmental system serving all participating in that society. Yet, from that auspicious conceptual beginning, not all under the newly-crafted […]

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Church of Satan Celebrates Juneteenth!

Recently adopted as an American national holiday, the Church of Satan celebrates independence, sovereignty, and emancipation from imposed servitude on this Juneteenth, 2021. Our unique banner design for this holiday includes 19 vertices between the two stars, to mark the date, while the central star is inverted to symbolize our carnal philosophy, which has always championed liberty and individualism. To Self-Determination—Hail Freedom! Florence Beatrice Price‘s Symphony No. 1 in E Minor (completed in 1932) was the first symphonic orchestral composition by an African-American female composer to be played by a prominent orchestra—the Chicago Symphony Orchestra—in 1933. The piece was awarded […]

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

Church of Satan Sigil of Baphomet

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 […]