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…

Religious pluralism versus religious unity in America: Which is real and which an illusion?

Writer Megan Kennedy has argued from the ill-treatment The Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves received at the hands of Fox News host Tucker Carlson that religious pluralism in this country is illusory. Carlson's arrogance and deliberate obtuseness in refusing to recognize TST as legitimate betoken an inflated sense of majority Christian religious privilege that would…

The end-game for Satanists in the public eye

When The Satanic Temple gets involved in legal challenges to state-sanctioned spaces where Christianity and its representatives receive privileged access to public religious expression that is denied to atheists and minority religions, governments often move to shut down public religious expression entirely rather than to admit Satanists as equal players on the field. This pattern…

Satanic Identity

Anton LaVey had a lot to say about creating artificial humans. There is something inherently Satanic in the idea of self-authorship. Modern identity politics, though, insists on a more traditional notion of identity as foisted from without. Claims to identity are usually treated as verifiably and falsifiably truth-conditional. However, from earliest childhood, humans are master…

The Left-Hand Path

Satanism is often referred to as belonging to or providing an example of a "Left-Hand Path" (LHP). One way of thinking about the distinction between LHP and the Right-Hand Path (RHP) is in terms of the eternal separation versus union of the individual intelligence with the rest of the objective world. But what does this…