I am a Satanist, so I (naturally) agree with the Church of Satan
's perspective on how its membership should conduct itself in regards to self-destructive and illegal behavior. As survival is of the highest order to a Satanist, it's not terribly conducive to personal success to engage in criminal, addictive, or otherwise unnecessarily dangerous activities.
I am curious, though, about how the Church of Satan
might view something along the lines of revolutionary activity. Say a Church of Satan
member were present for the Boston Tea Party, or a Polish resistance movement during the era of Nazi Germany. Putting myself in that position, I could understand an argument, in the interest of personal liberty, where participating in something like that might be worth the risk. Would my illegal resistance involvement disqualify me as a CoS member, even if it were an attempt to harm a system that was oppressive to free thinkers?
This is a hypothetical scenario, of course, and while I'm not terribly happy with the increasingly intrusive machine that is the US government, I hardly see myself being put in a position where anything like this might apply. Still, as a general point of interest, I'm curious about what the Church's official stance on something like this might be.
Thanks for your interest.