“The Devil’s Fane” origin story: The phrase, dummy, not the website

In case you missed the memo, the phrase “the devil’s fane” is kind of important around here at—well—The Devil’s Fane. I all but fetishize these words because they encapsulate the heart of Satanic religion for me. Yet the true nature of this connection should be pretty non-obvious to those unfamiliar with the character of much [...]

A chance brush with Behemoth’s Nergal

From the “life’s sometimes surreal” file:  On Thursday, my little family and I took a trip to the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport. The journey formed the final leg of our year-long adventure in hosting a 16-year-old German exchange student. A hot and cloudless summer solstice day, it was finally time to see our unofficially [...]

Save the Children

I was 14 when I first traveled to Europe. It was the summer of 1991. I had gone with my mother and brother to visit two exchange students who had stayed with my family in the U.S. in recent years. Puberty pressed within me in those days with all the urgency of a volcanic fissure. [...]

On Parricide

The customary repertoire of motherese among the semi-nomadic Penan Geng of Borneo includes what is, to our Western ears, a rather grotesque element. Penan Geng mothers regularly coo to their babies and small children such epithets as “no-mother,” “mother-dead,” and “decomposing mother.” In the unfortunate event that the mothers should actually die, these macabre names [...]

Co-opting Crazy: Dinotopia and Disabusing Creationists of their Dino Delusions

There is much cause for WTF! moments when considering the views of young-earth-creationist-style fundamentalist Christians. But nothing quite rivals for sheer outrageousness their “thinking” on peaceful human-dinosaur cohabitation. Even paleontologists whose research they’ve hijacked in vain efforts to “prove” their outlandish ideas on the subject can’t convince them of the error of their ways. That’s [...]

Who is the “We” who Trust in God?

A recent unhappy verdict in a Chicago-area Satanist's legal battle against the post-1956 U.S. Motto "In God We Trust" on paper currency prompts some reflections on how atheistic Satanists and secularists might frame arguments against the increasingly ubiquitous appearance of those words on everything from money to government envelopes and police cruisers to the walls [...]

In God “We” Don’t Trust

Monday, news broke that a Chicago resident and self-described Satanist failed in his argument before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to convince the justices that the motto “In God We Trust,” official on U.S. paper currency just since 1957, forces atheists to involuntarily spread a religious message every time they spend money. In [...]