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…

When Non-Joiners Wanna Join

What happens when Satanists want to join Satanic groups? The greatly increased interest in and public visibility of Satanism and Satanic groups means scores of would-be new Satanists flooding the scene with their ardent desires to join in, play a role, make their mark, you name it. Many of these folks prove really cool, interesting…

Unscrupulous Hugs: A Love Letter

It's the day after Valentine's Day, but I reckon it's never too late to pen a love letter to people you care for. As a human concerned for other human beings and as a Satanist intensely interested in issues of autonomy, self-making, "authenticity" versus "artificiality," and normativity, I've chosen on more than one occasion to…

Religious Freedom Day, 2018

President Trump declared January 16, 2018, Religious Freedom Day, citing in his proclamation prominent cases in which the current administration has sided with conservative Christian proponents who invoke the cause of religious liberty to exempt themselves from observance of certain anti-discrimination laws. Even religious advocates for the separation of Church and State have warned that…