The Ugly Side Of SatanismPosted: February 6, 2013
I want soon to write a post about the beauty of Satanism because to me that is one of the adjectives that best describes it. However in order to clear the decks, I think it is first necessary to acknowledge that Satanism does have an ugly side. Probably all religions have an ugly side, but we need to be honest and upfront about the bad things within our chosen faith in order to show others that there is far more depth to our beliefs than the creeps who generate the headlines. Indeed we have nothing to do with the creeps who generate the headlines and bring Satanism into disrepute.
There are bad and corrupt people in all religions; in Satanism I think such people fall into three main categories. The first category are what I would call “Hollywoodesque Reverse Christians.” These are people who actually follow and maybe believe Christian doctrines but align themselves to Satan because they believe he is evil in every sense of the word and they want to do evil things. These type are relatively few in number but they are very good at grabbing headlines by doing perverse and evil things and giving the rest of us a bad name. They do things which the majority of all decent people including Satanists find disgusting and repulsive. We need to distance ourselves from these perverts.
The second category are perhaps more dangerous to those who are just starting out in Satanism or just enquiring into it. These are what I call “Unbalanced Satanic Manipulators.” Satanism is a religion or philosophy of very effective self empowerment in which we are called to make our own subjective moral judgements. This does leave the door open to people who are on a personal power trip to manipulate other people for their own amusement. Some of them just like exercising the power which all Satanists cultivate, for the sake of it. Others are driven by a desire for sex, money or greater power. They look down on those who are weaker and/or less experienced than themselves and see such people as “fair game”. They will latch on to anybody but particularly those who are naive or psychologically vulnerable; and they can cause great harm. There are elements within our beliefs and practices which provide “excuses” for such people. I think we need to be honest and acknowledge that such people do exist within our ranks, we need to speak out against them and perhaps find ways to police ourselves a bit more than we presently do.
The third category go by the technical name of “idiots”. These are people who just think it is cool to call themselves Satanists without the remotest idea of the philosophy behind it and just go around being generally obnoxious to everybody. They don’t deserve any more space in my blog.
Everybody, especially those who are dealing with personal issues or those who are very new to Satanism, should beware of all the afore-mentioned types. I’d like to think those of us who are genuine may have a modicum of life experience and knowledge that sets us apart slightly. Most of us have seriously explored a number of other religions and philosophies before becoming Satanists. Most of us do not wear badges. Most of us do not seek to exploit others or place them in situations where they don’t feel comfortable.
If you are new to Satanism and somebody is making you uncomfortable, leading you where you don’t want to go, or requiring you to be submissive to them in any way; they are charlatans and you should get as far away from them as possible.