Any casual perusal of this site should lead to two key conclusions: first, the phrase "the Devil's Fane" is clearly important to me as a Satanist; second, the proximal source of that phrase is a passage from Anton Szandor LaVey's 1969 publication The Satanic Bible. But is that the ultimate source of the phrase? Are there earlier … Continue reading In search of the “Devil’s Fane”
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 … Continue reading “The Devil’s Fane” origin story: The phrase, dummy, not the website
So often moral panics center on putative concern for the welfare of children and scruple over what they see, hear, or otherwise experience while out in this big ol' dangerous world. As a Satanist, I'm not overly concerned for whether my children or anyone else's happen on a pair of bare breasts—or even a naked … Continue reading What real concern for the kids looks like
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. … Continue reading Save the Children
World mythology abounds with tales of intergenerational conflict, many centering on the abuses of a wicked stepmother or a son's struggle to overthrow his father. As a Satanist, I really resonate with narratives like these and that of Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens. Parents represent the first and most persistent threat to self-will and true … Continue reading A Satanic take on Father’s Day & the Mythos of Filial Piety
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 … Continue reading On Parricide
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 … Continue reading Co-opting Crazy: Dinotopia and Disabusing Creationists of their Dino Delusions
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 … Continue reading Who is the “We” who Trust in God?
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 … Continue reading In God “We” Don’t Trust
A while back, Vice published a piece that brought attention to some increasingly frequent and uncomfortable cozying up between prominent members of the Atheist community (such as it is) and members of the alt-right, neo-nazi community (you’ll note I consistently refuse to grant those benighted terms the privilege of capitalization: that choice is not mere … Continue reading A Satanic Duty to Disavow?