I’ve been a Satanist long enough now to notice some patterns in how people react to the news that I’m a Satanist.
What I find most fascinating about these reactions is how inflexible they are. They seem to be manifestations of buried beliefs that are incredibly resistant to change. With very rare exceptions, I haven’t seen any of these attitudes shift in response to new information or perspectives.
Without further ado, here is my field guide to reactions to Satanism.
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In this episode of Sacred Tension, Lucien Greaves and I discuss the recent arson attack on The Satanic Temple headquarters, the overturning of Roe V Wade, and the purity spirals of the left.
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Some time ago, a person asked me, “what is it with young men being obsessed with Jordan Peterson?”
Well, I thought, I’m a young man, and I’ve historically been obsessed with Jordan Peterson. Allow me to share my personal experience.
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In this episode of Sacred Tension, I speak with author, journalist, and gay activist Jonathan Rauch about his brilliant new book The Constitution of Knowledge. We discuss free speech, minority identity, cancel culture, the existential threat from the far right, and much more.
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I regularly hear various assertions about what Satanism is and isn’t.
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In this episode of Sacred Tension, I am joined by Chalice Blythe for a follow-up episode about the demise of Roe V Wade. Chalice and I discuss strategies and principles for long-term resistance against theocracy.
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Last month, the Supreme Court reversed Roe v Wade. People of child-bearing potential across the country — especially in States that have draconian, anti-human, theocratic goals — are feeling the debasement of returning to second-class citizenship.
This is a catastrophe, and I don’t know if it will stop at abortion. Will gay rights be next? Will other forms of necessary medical care be next? I don’t know enough about law to discern if that is on the table, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was. The future is uncertain.
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In this episode of Sacred Tension, I am joined by Satanic columnist Jack Matirko to discuss his new book Needs Must: Life and Times in Satanic America 2017-2021. We discuss the highlights of recent Satanic history, his religious upbringing, and his investigations into Christian theocrats.
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In this episode of Sacred Tension, I speak with Brad Galloway about his journey out of white supremacy and his current work to deradicalize white supremacists.
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In this episode of Sacred Tension, I speak with Minister James Payne about The Satanic Temple’s Uniformed Coalition Campaign. We also discuss his activism for religious minorities within the military, his journey to Satanism, and the tensions within our religious community over military and police.
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