Church of Satan Angry That Satanist Murderers Are Called Satanists

 

Actual Satanist

Actual Satanist

The Church [sic] of Satan [sic] is sad and angry that a couple of Satanic murderers are being called Satanists.

They’re not real Satanist like us, they say. They’re “devil worshipers,” which is a different thing!

Why? Because!

Follow this one if you can. The Church of Satan, founded by a comical fraud named Howard Levey (“Anton LaVey”) in the 1960s, is the”true” Satanism because they say so.

Poseur

Poseur

Now, it doesn’t actually believe in Satan. In fact, it’s just bog-standard might-is-right hedonistic Objectivist nonsense dressed up in a Halloween costume to annoy the squares. It’s something mildly clever and alienated teenagers might cook up, which may be excusable in teenagers, but is less so in adults. It’s also completely atheistic, meaning, of course, that it’s not a “Church” at all.

But we’re supposed to believe that’s the “real” Satanism, while actual Satanism as understood for millennia–worship of the Adversary, demonolotry, devil worship–is the “fake” Satanism.

Here’s Peter Gilmore (“Magus” of the “Church” of “Satan”)

Ultimately, when the media promotes devil worshipping criminals as Satanists, then the many productive people who are our members—or those who have aligned themselves with our philosophy without joining—must work harder to rectify such misrepresentation and the consequent prejudice and bigotry they face when they “out” themselves as Satanists to their family, friends, and co-workers. Many decide not to be open about their affiliation, except to a few people who might be open to taking the time to learn the truth about Satanism’s life enhancing, atheist philosophy.

Let me get this straight: their idiot founder named his “philosophy” after the incarnate force of all evil, destruction, lies, and murder–a force worshiped by some and fought by others for a couple thousand years–and now claims that this is the only true Satanism, despite it not being Satanic at all.

I take Satanists like “Pazuzu Algarad” extremely seriously. I accept them at their word as worshipers of the devil, aka Satanists.

And as I’ve written before, Real Satanists Don’t Send Press Releases. And they certainly don’t give interviews to the Washington Post.

The Feast of St. Edmund

Wolf with the head of St. Edmund

Wolf with the head of St. Edmund

I only discovered A Clerk of Oxford this month, but it’s quickly become one of my favorite blogs. The blogger is a medievalist who writes long, fascinating posts highlighted by her excellent translations from Old English.

Today, for the Feast of St. Edmund, she offers generous selections from Ælfric’s Life of Edmund (10th Century), both in the original, so you get the sense of its beautiful alliteration, and then in modern English.

Here’s just a taste to whet your appetite. It has all the elements that make medieval hagiography so utterly fascinating. In this excerpt, the Saint’s head is recovered in a miraculous fashion:

‘Then there was a great wonder, that a wolf was send by the guidance of God to protect the head against other wild beasts by day and night. They went seeking and constantly crying out, as is common for those going through the woods, “Where are you now, friend?” And the head answered them, “Here, here, here!” And so it repeatedly called, answering them as often as any of them cried out, until they all came to it because of its calling. There lay the grey wolf which had guarded the head, and it had the head clasped between its two feet – greedy and hungry, and yet for God’s sake it dared not eat the head, but protected it against wild beasts. They marvelled at the guardianship of the wolf and carried the holy head home with them, thanking the Almighty for all his marvels, but the wolf followed with the head until they reached the town, just as if he were tame, and then went back again to the woods. Then the people of that region laid the head with the holy body, and buried him as best they could in such haste, and soon built a church over him.’

Do read the whole thing, and add her to your RSS feeds. You won’t regret it.