Mansplaining Satanism: The Church of Rational Satanism offers its thoughts on why The Satanic Temple are “no true Satanists”

The name of the Church of Rational Satanism (CoRS) would seem to imply, via the linguistic principle of markedness, the existence of irrational or at least non-rational Satanism. Personally, I’ve always taken the phenomenon of so-called theistic Satanism—you know, the folks who believe in and worship an existent being named Satan—as exemplary of a non-rational,…

Satanic Belonging

I had an awkward and uncomfortable experience when I was about 19 that I have never written about or spoken of to anyone. This experience taught me a lot about the behavioral lengths to which desperation pushes folks, in particular the desperate need to belong and be with other people in some capacity, whether romantically…

Unscrupulous Hugs

I’ve written several posts on here about transgender identity. Not being transgender myself, my choice of topic prompts the obvious question of why I should choose to write on the subject and what authority I have to do so. I don’t plead any specific authority or expertise on the matter, not even from personal experience,…

Why Babette’s Feast is really about Satanism and a really inspirational film for any New Year

For longer than the decade we’ve been officially married, my wife and I have shared a handful of filmic traditions around New Year’s. Some of those traditions—like watching the 1997 comedy Spice World that centers on the smash nineties’ pop girl-group sensation the Spice Girls—will forever remain acquired tastes. I wouldn’t recommend them to just…

Declaration, Part 2

I know two fellow self-identified Satanists from conservative religious families whose Facebook posts inadvertently outed them to kith and kin as Satanists. One of these friends was already using a pseudonym for his Facebook account and merely fell victim to his homophobic brother’s attempted smear campaign after he had chosen to come out to his…