Communication as Imposition: The Satanics of so-called Free Speech

The purpose of this post is to stake out some particularly Satanic religious ground in the problematic struggle over so-called “free speech” in a liberal democracy. I will argue that communication—understood to minimally comprise the two acts of signaling intent to communicate, followed by relaying a message—is a form of imposition on the sovereign attention, [...]

Strangers at the Crossroads

I was in high school when I first read English writer Bruce Chatwin’s 1987 offering The Songlines. The book is many things, a complicated pastiche of a work, traversing territory as broad and varied as the customs of Australian Aborigines, the eccentricities of European expats set up in the Australian Outback, and evolutionary anthropology and [...]

Children, but not Siblings

Oh they’re a motley, problem crew, these Children of Erlik. And how not? Darkness, Courage & Bravery, Chaos, Evil, Disaster, Defeat, Iron & Mining, Informants, Discord: that’s a cohort worthy of Pandora’s fateful box. The leadership are alternately unpredictable, acting under cover of darkness, courageous but given to bravado. The apologist is on the warpath, [...]

Who is Erlik?

Erlik, Erlig, Erklik or Erlik Khan (equivalent to Hungarian Ördög) is the god of death and Tamag or ‘hell’ in Turkic and Mongolian mythology. Erlik didn’t start out as a god, however. One day, the high creator god Ulgan noticed a clump of mud floating on the primordial waters and thought it seemed to have [...]

Satan at the Crossroads Lecture Series

It was late night—or possibly early morning—during one of the socials for the local Satanic group I participate with, deep in the dog days of summer, 2017. One of the leaders of the group approached me with an idea: why didn’t I see about preparing a presentation of some sort about something having to do [...]

The Satanic Temple and the Struggle for Satanic Scruple

I’m confused about how to understand the Satanic Temple (TST) and its activities these days. Time was, articles were appearing on Patheos, lauding the group’s Seven Fundamental Tenets and dubbing them “morally superior” to the (in)famous Ten Commandments of Abrahamic religion and popular, culture-war wrangling. Then, once TST’s Protect Children initiative and the Texas billboards [...]

Dangerous Exceptionalism

In late June, a slew of national reporting drew attention to the Republican nominee for North Carolina State House District 48, Russell Walker, and the fact that he freely and openly admits to being a White Supremacist. What’s more, Walker claims that God Himself is a White Supremacist and that there’s therefore absolutely nothing wrong [...]

Eroticizing the Mundane: A Satanic Take on Sacralizing the Mundane

From the TMI file: My approaching 42nd birthday reminds me that I am deep into middle age. I’ve been married for a little more than a decade now to a woman I’ve been with for a tad over fourteen years. We have two young children together. In case you didn’t already know this, all of [...]

Some musings on the Satanism (and linguistics) of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Last night, as I again watched the immortal 1989 comedy classic Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, four thoughts occurred to me.  First, the film contains a nice illustration of the “we” problem I discussed in my recent essay on the United States’ motto, official just since 1956, of “In God We Trust.” When Bill and [...]

“The Devil’s Fane” origin story: The phrase, dummy, not the website

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 [...]