I co-authored this manifesto with the amazing Aria de Satanas. As public Satanists in a time of COVID, we are both striving to uphold our Satanic values of compassion, empathy, and reason in online spaces. This article is the result. I hope you enjoy. Please check out Aria de Satanas’s work at https://ariadnedesatanas.com/Continue reading “Compassionate and Reasoned Communication in an Online World”
In this episode of Sacred Tension I’m joined by Lucien Greaves, co-founder and spokesperson for The Satanic Temple. We discuss conspiracy theories, Qanon, the destructive nature social media platforms, and why we must all be ardent defenders of free speech. This is part one of a two-part conversation.Continue reading “Sacred Tension: A Satanic Defense of Free Speech with Lucien Greaves”
In this episode of Sacred Tension I talk to William Morrison — longtime Satanic Temple leader and member of legendary industrial band Skinny Puppy — about the “deviant psychotherapy cult” Process Church of the Final Judgement, and how it laid the philosophical groundwork for The Satanic Temple. Watch Sympathy for the Devil — the documentary about The Process — here, and don’t forget to use my promo code SACREDTENSION at checkout to receive one month free.Continue reading “Sacred Tension: The Process Church of the Final Judgement, feat. William Morrison”
In the aftermath of the horrific Charlottesville rally, a memed quote by Carl Popper called “The Paradox of Tolerance” started making the rounds on leftist Internet. I’ve heard it invoked regularly since by figures like Vaush and Science Mike (this isn’t a dig at either of these creators. I admire both of them for different reasons. Please don’t be mean to them.) I myself have favorably invoked the Paradox in private conversation. The “Paradox” is this:
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Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.
As I’ve developed my personal Satanic Philosophy over the past few years, I’ve received a number of questions from the non-infernal. Questions like: how can you be religious if you don’t believe in God? How do you reconcile Satanic individualism with our human need for community? What’s the point of ritual if you don’t believe in the supernatural? I’ve used these perceived contradictions and questions as a way of establishing a sort of meta-structure for my Satanic practice.Continue reading “Seven Satanic Dichotomies”
In this episode of Sacred Tension I speak with defacto Satanist and sex researcher Dr. Eric Sprankle about sexual shame, overcoming oppressive Christian sexual norms, and his research on Satanists.Continue reading “Sacred Tension: Uncrucifying Sex with Dr. Eric Sprankle”
This month on the blog and podcast we discussed Cancel Culture, problematic online leftist spaces, and the Satanic Abortion ritual unveiled by the Satanic Temple at the beginning of the month. This generated a great deal of discussion on social media, Discord, and Patreon.Continue reading “Satanic Abortions and Cancel Culture: Best Comments of August 2020”
In this episode of Sacred Tension I’m joined by Satanic community leader and Baphonet co-founder Aria DeSatanas. We discuss her escape from evangelicalism, her exorcism, her path to Satan, the danger of social media, and much more.Continue reading “Sacred Tension: Aria DeSatanas’s Path to Satanism”
In this episode of Sacred Tension I talk to controversial journalist and podcaster Katie Herzog about online cancel culture. We discuss online queer communities, the helpfulness of the term “cancel culture,” resiliency, how big social media companies are destroying local news outlets, and the article that got her canceled in the first place.Continue reading “Sacred Tension: Getting Canceled with Katie Herzog”
Continue reading “Sacred Tension: Satanic Abortion Ritual, feat. Jane Essex of The Satanic Temple”
In this episode of Sacred Tension I’m joined by Jane Essex, spokesperson for the Reproductive Rights Campaign of The Satanic Temple, to discuss TST’s controversial new abortion ritual. Learn more about the abortion ritual here.