As i was browsing around, i came across a mindless rant which was met with the same initial disdain by CoS officials as it was by me. http://www.satannet.com/lttd/showthreade...e=3#Post363508.
This poster would not have lasted a minute in my presence.
Now being a practicing Satanist since the age of 12 (now 35), although not affiliated with the CoS to date, I saw some value in this rant as i read between the lines. First of all, I believe that LaVey was a visionary. His ideas and principles should not be questioned - EVER. I have thouroughly read his works and I am quite impressed, especially given the time frame in which they were written (society was a LOT more repressed back then than it is today). His words resounded in my mind as if i spoke them myself.
Now this is throughly my opinion on this specific rant, taking nothing from the CoS or its ideals and said with total and complete respect to the CoS and its members. My question is - can there be a "re-birth" of modern satanism? Refreshing its ideals and its message? Is there anything wrong with that?
Understand that I am NOT agreeing with this specific poster, but can our message be re-stated in clearer language so that we may bring others into our fold? The message and ideals of Satanism are pure and true - can't we establish a mantra that will further enforce its ideals and beliefs? The intelligent and powerful will find Satanism to be their true "religion", but solidifying the core of power by adding influential members only makes the group more powerful in itself, correct?
For example, in the recent US Presidential election, religious psychotics turned out in droves and swayed the election towards Bush - one of the world's biggest religious zealots. Wouldn't it be amazing if Satanists, in a display of pure power and silence could sway such an outcome? Take the taxing of the Catholic church for example - what a powerful message that would be if put into political practice!!
I await your honest opinion. Hail Satan!!