Reactions to Satanism: A Field Guide

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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If You Yourself Have Peace

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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Sacred Tension: Life and Times in Satanic America | Jack Matirko

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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Sacred Tension: Satanists in Uniform | Minister James Payne

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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