In search of the “Devil’s Fane”

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…

A Satanic take on Father’s Day & the Mythos of Filial Piety

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 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 bodily…

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…

Satanism, Piracy, and Playing well with Others

Satanists and pirates share a surprising amount of common ground, both in the real-world and the fictionalized romantic versions of each. Both, too, have significant trouble from time to time playing well with and getting along with others. Humans love to form groups and to pit their groups against one another in contests for both…

A Wretched Defense of Wretched Writ

Critical outsiders often find themselves criticizing religious groups' scriptures on grounds of both style and substance. When religious groups respond to such criticisms, they often attempt to dodge the heart of the objections by drawing attention to extremities of emotion, evoking pity by spinning tales of founders' and authors' disadvantaged backgrounds, against which the mere…

The Satanic Games: May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

On April 15, 2018, the UK-based Church of Rational Satanism (CoRS) took aim squarely at The Satanic Temple (TST) by publishing a blog post critiquing TST's 7 Fundamental Tenets. The criticisms, which take issue with the vagueness of many terms employed in the Tenets and charge TST members and leadership with hypocrisy for not living…