>> I presented an extreme example (of a much varied theme) to provide this administration with an opportunity to contend against a popular misconception.<<
Well, thank you so much for kindly offering us such a grand opportunity.
Not that we are in any way concerned with what the herd thinks.
>> Like it or not, rumour is a powerful & often crippling aspect of society. <<
I could not care less how much society cripples itself with rumours.
The Church of Satan
fully expects those who resonate with our tenets to possess the guille to sort the wheat from the chaff by themselves.
>> I would appreciate having an authoritive statement to which I may direct inquirers.<<
Then direct them to www.churchofsatan.com
>> The Satanic Bible is an excellent information source; but it states philosophy, ritual, procedure, etc. <<Yes.
The contents of which is the very basis of what separates us from the mystical organisations you state the rumours pair us with.
For further clarification I pointed you towards our wider literature.
Once again, thank you for making available this wonderful opportunity to "contend against this popular misconception." But the fact is, if people can't work it out for themselves we don't care.