There is something I feel must be said.
Satanism has a set dogma. And what good is dogma if it changed or debtated to death on a whim? You can "debate" Satanism all fucking day and just talk yourself in circles for hours and hours and hours, and get absolutely nowhere. (Well perhaps the Temple of Set.) Because that is what debate is, debate is having an argument for argument's sake. Discussion begins with a line of dialogue and ends definatively with answers and edification. Debates are inherantly hostile, and aimed at tearing down or re-forming your opinion of something to match someone elses opinion. Reading some on Dawkins' meme-theory has alot to do with this.
For those that feel the incessant compulsion to constanty poke and find fault with what was laid out by the CoS and in the TSB are shit disturbing masochists. They will never be content with what they find, because they are not Satanists to begin with. They have such an open mind that it is counter-productive. Ideas go in but fall out just as quick because their cranium is devoid of anything for those ideas to stick to.
The Satanist will look at TSB and CoS policy and say "This works for me" and that is final, no more questioning is needed because they know they got the "real deal". Anton Lavey worked very hard to put everything a Satanist needs into the books he wrote. Debate on Satanic policy and dogma often leads to sour grapes attacks, and antics akin to monkeys throwing poo. These sour grapes attacks are obvious for what they are. Moderators delete them.
Creationists and Evolutionists debate. Protestants and Catholics debate. Republicans and Democrats debate. The United Nations debates. See how far they get accomplishing their goals? Debate is all based upon opinion and consensus. And opinions are never wrong, especially if they are your own. An opinion may be formulated upon facts or fallacies or any number of combinations of the two. But it is a fruitless waste of energy to debate non-issues, which is usualy what these "debates on Satanism" boil down to.
From my observations "consensus" from the body of followers is not how Church of Satan
policy and dogma is decided upon and laid out. CoS is not the Unitarian Church.
It is my observation that the people that ask the most questions often lack the effort and curiosity to answer those questions for themselves.
"Many people would sooner die than think - in fact, they do so." ~ Bertrand Russell
"“Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.” ~ Nikola TeslaAre You One of Us? The Glorious Infernal Empire