I especially enjoyed this essay,very well written Reverend
I recently have been conversing (online) with a fairly intelligent self proclaimed Satanist about just this. He (and a disturbingly large amount of actual defacto satanists) have the wrong idea about what he/they term 'LaVeyan satanism' , and the CoS itself. This is because of people out there that take that title(modern/LaVeyan Satanist) , form 'modern satanism' groups, then blindly follow and almost deify Dr LaVey.without really understanding what it is they are 'following'

I've met a ton of them. People that take the title 'Satanist' espousing the same philosophy word for word from TSB , Praising the CoS, but by word and action demonstrates this all to be a farce.
In my mind these type of 'modern satanists' are as bad or worse than the devil worshipper variety.
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