I think what you most likely refer to are views expressed in the books The Devil's Notebook
and Satan Speaks!
. It is implicit in these books that many of the essays they contain are not Satanic dogma but personal views of Dr. LaVey. He was entitled to those, no? They do not have an entire page disclaiming that they are his views; any Satanist worth a damn ought to be able to figure that much out on his own.
Yet why did he write them, then? Look at the Church of Satan
active membership application; a great many of the questions it contains ask personal opinions and views. Why do you suppose that is? Does it matter so much what books are your favorites, or is it why you favor them that is significant? In any of Dr. LaVey's personal opinion pieces, does he fail to convey why he felt this way, or the basis of his opinions? There is much to be gained from understanding why
he thought this way. Tell me, do you think it is more important that Dr. LaVey disliked pantihose and favored garters, or is it the methods of attraction, the significance behind why women wear these things and the way he perceived them that is of issue?
It is reasonable to believe that at the time he wrote these essays, Dr. LaVey was considerably older and wiser than most of the people who will read what I write today. In a lifetime of vital existence, much insight is gained; look even now at the Priesthood, most of whom are younger than Dr. LaVey was when he wrote these essays, and consider whether even they do not have much to offer those who will learn. It is not physical age, but the amount of time one has had to to learn of the world through vital existence. I can readily state that I have gained exponentially by what I've absorbed from those with more knowledge than myself, Dr. LaVey included. How many brilliant book have I read, excellent movies have I watched, beautiful pieces of music have I taken into myself, through what I've taken from what Dr. LaVey wrote? How many Satanists would likely have stumbled upon The Circus of Dr. Lao
, both of which are very likely among the favorite books and movies of many present, if Dr. LaVey had not "discovered" them and shared with us why he found them so magical?
As for imitation; is it imitation, or a desire to step into the role? When a man enters the ritual chamber, does he not don a robe as would a wizard? When a woman wishes to command lust, does she not adorn herself with the clothing which will command men's attention? If a young Satanist one day rubs the dust from his eyes, puts on his fedora and puts Al Jolson on his turntable, is he merely mimicking Dr. LaVey, or is he more accurately placing himself in the role of that which he wishes to take on the attributes of? The wizard may take the robe off when the ritual ends, but who would deny that he should wear it when he desires magic?