I often wonder how people would feel if they were on the other side of these questions. Would you
, regardless of public anonymity want your application discussed? Would you feel good about sending in an application and then having the clergy here on this forum casually say "Well, 65% don't make it, " or "Wow---we take virtually all registrations but 10% are booted once they file an active, and another 2 or 3 hundred a year aren't worth considering for advancement?"
Perhaps you'd let it slip you were applying.
Perhaps you knew someone who didn't make the grade and no longer enjoyed coming to the forum being aware that they'd been mentioned, if not by name, by circumstance.
The point is the confidentiality of the membership process benefits everyone. In a world where everyone is always convinced that no one could possibly be talking about them,
it makes sense for us to talk about no one.
My question is this: How many potential CoS members (percentage-wise, of course) actually get turned down? I want to know that my membership in the CoS is really worth it...that it still is very selective about who becomes a member...and cards are not being passed out like candy at Halloween.
What you need to do is this:
Look at our clergy.
Look at who is representing Satanism/The Church of Satan
to the media.
Look at who has a title and is achieving the success they intend.
The hierarchy is made up of people who paid and got their card. Then they filled out an Active Application. Then, due to some personal achievement they were recognized and promoted. Then they continued to succeed in their chosen field or they succeeded at representing Satanism in a satisfactory manner.
So, seeing as it demonstrates nothing more than who sent money, what is to you how many got in or didn't? Isn't the real question whether you can look at the choices of who has been promoted and chosen to represent the organization and determine whether they
are satisfactory? And then, of course, whether you can measure of to their standards or not?
Not being snotty mind you, just wondering why so many look at this membership thing backwards.