The big question I posted yesterday was:
Would you still follow a blog if you found out the writer/owner was an Atheist? How about a Buddhist? Satanist? Pagan? Wiccan? Muslim?
I make it no secret that I’m no longer a Christian (see my “Coming Out” and “Journey Away from God” posts for reference), but I haven’t talked much about my actual choice of religion (or lack thereof) because I think religion is a touchy subject … and let’s face it, I’m known to be a bit offensive at times. So steering clear of religious posts has served its purpose.
when I asked this question yesterday, I was kind of upset by some of the responses. Not because I’m a Satanist (because I’m not), but because so many people were okay with every religion except Satanism.
While this woman admits her knowledge “isn’t complete”, I’d venture to say she hasn’t done any research at all. Because even a quick wiki search shows you something completely different than what she just said. And why is it okay to compare someone, based on a religious belief alone, to a pedophile, wife beater, or even a rapist?
This fan says she would follow a Wiccan or Pagan, because their religions are often misunderstood… but then goes on to say she wouldn’t follow a Satanist because they worship Satan – which isn’t even what Satanism is all about, apparently.
Christians are the only ones that I personally know of that let Satan hold this much power over them. Wouldn’t a true Christian not be afraid of a Satanist? If you’re on the Christian path, you have nothing to worry about, right? You wouldn’t read a blog based on what you think someone’s beliefs might be about?
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not calling these people out, which is why I hid their names. I think they were only typing what many people were thinking. But why do so many think this? Who filled their heads with such nonsense? Oh, wait, it was the Church…
Most responses did include that if someone was overtly Christian, preaching all the time, posting bible verses, etc they would stop following. Not because the blogger was Christian, but because of the context of the posts. However, the ones I cited above said they wouldn’t follow solely because of the writer’s beliefs.
This creates the real question:
What do Satanists really believe?
Like all religions, one Satanist cannot speak for all. I don’t know much about this religion, at all. I, too, was raised in church and taught to fear Satanists. I was taught they are pure evil, and they have always been depicted to me as those that sacrifice children while drinking blood or some other crazy shit. To this day, my mother cringes if you say the word “Satanist”. She has no desire to learn about what they really think, feel, and believe. To her, and to many christians, they’re simply evil.
This quote is taken from a website about Satanism:
Satanism is a federally recognized religion in at least one form; it is no more a “cult” than is any other minority religion (such as Wicca, Baha’i, Jainism, or Pantheism). Its adherents are not isolated psychopaths drooling in their basements; on the contrary, the number of publicized Satanic organizations is easily near 100 and non-publicized organizations would probably bring it up to thrice that number. Satanists tend to be of somewhat above average intelligence, judging from those people I myself have met, and successful in their current station in life. While some may indeed dress ‘goth,’ with pale makeup and dark clothing and black lipstick, and while some may indeed be heavy-metal loving teenagers, these stereotypes are just that — stereotypes. There are Satanists who love classical music and jazz, Satanists who like wearing florals, and Satanists who are distinguished business(wo)men with briefcases and portfolios.
From what I understand, Satanists worship nobody – but perhaps, themselves.
LaVeyan Satanism is a philosophy (not considered a religion by many of its followers) founded in 1966 by Anton Szandor LaVey. Its teachings are based on individualism, self-indulgence, and “eye for an eye” morality. Unlike Theistic Satanists, LaVeyan Satanists are atheists who regard Satan as a symbol of man’s inherent nature. According to religioustolerance.org, LaVeyan Satanism is a “small religious group that is unrelated to any other faith, and whose members feel free to satisfy their urges responsibly, exhibit kindness to their friends, and attack their enemies”. Its beliefs were first detailed in The Satanic Bible and it is overseen by the Church of Satan. — wiki