News headlines always do this. They report that Satanism is on the rise but then they haha it not really folks because they’re not actually Satanist Satanists. They’re just atheists who want to take down religion, are really into drama and wearing black and stuff. So sorta like emo-atheists.
But does it really matter?
The UK Guardian:
Disappointingly, Chelsea Clinton has denied she and her husband practise satanism. Her tweet wishing the folks at the Church of Satan a happy new year should not be taken as endorsement of the dark lord’s manifold heresies.
One hopes that, like her father’s denial of having had “sexual relations with that woman”, Chelsea’s disclaimer isn’t for real. Doesn’t she realise that the radical power of Satan is having a moment unparalleled since Milton unwittingly made him the badass rebel hero of Paradise Lost?
Satanism’s latest mutation is a contrarian uprising against a patriarchal world order that deserves its comeuppance
According to the LA Times, “a heterodox generation of new self-described satanists is upending old Rosemary’s Baby and Helter Skelter stereotypes in service of radical politics, feminist aesthetics and community unity”.
The paper sent a reporter to investigate a satanic soiree in a California basement where they found a coterie of artists, writers and musicians who chanted “Hail Satan!”, while someone, unacceptably, played minor chords on the organ.
Satanism is attracting counter-cultural Californians because it is seen as a community-based response to the Trump era. As the paper writes: “Traditionalists might debate if any of it is properly ‘satanic’ at all; this new take is much more feminist than nihilist, flexibly self-aware and better versed in internet culture than orthodox theology.”
Better versed is right. Consider the Church of Satan’s laconic Twitter feed that wryly corrects those taking the dark lord’s name in vain.
Consider, too, the good sense found in the website’s FAQs: “We see the universe as being indifferent to us, and so all morals and values are subjective human constructions” contends the “fundamental beliefs” section, while the “selling souls” section argues: “There are no souls – and nobody to buy them. If you want something out of life, get off your lazy butt and work for it.”
OK. Let’s ignore that the Guardian is completely rooting for Satanism here. That’s almost expected at this point. Let’s focus on what Satanism is then. It’s feminism. It’s godlessness. It’s the belief that nothingness reigns and nihilism is the proper response.
So what that they don’t believe in Satan. They’re doing his work. Here’s the thing. Satan doesn’t need you to believe in him. He might not even want you to believe in him. As long as you deny God he’s thrilled. So when these news reports say Satanism is on the rise but not really. You should know that Satanism is on the rise. Yeah, really.