I discussed with a friend that there must be some way of opposing Evangelical Christianity. He said yes there is, Satanism. I just laughed and we talked briefly about Anton LaVey. I told him that LaVey's stuff seems to be more for poking fun. He was a carnival organist. He knew how to get people going.
Here I look at some of it and in large measure I do agree. But what LaVey is offering is more a Nietzschean and de Sadean critique, a non-moralistic view. Not to sound like a Christian myself, but I do have strong feelings about evil, having experienced it. I don't understand it the way the Christian Evangelicals do though. More than anything it comes from denial, which they are a major component of. So when you talk about evil, Evangelical Christianity is a big part of it. I guess LaVey is saying this too. He is saying that stupidity and ignorance are evil.
But here, to a large measure I agree with LaVey. I just don't have any particular feelings about Satan. I guess I have to confess that I don't really believe in Satan. I do believe that there is evil though, and that it is a kind of unified central evil. Its just that I think it is much closer to home than Satan ever could be. I also think that what LaVey is presenting is not how the Christian Evangelicals understand Satan either. He is more just taking advantage of the name of Satan to raise eyebrows.
1. Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence!
2. Satan represents vital existence instead of spiritual pipe dreams!
3. Satan represents undefiled wisdom instead of hypocritical self-deceit!
4. Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it instead of love wasted on ingrates!
5. Satan represents vengeance instead of turning the other cheek!
6. Satan represents responsibility to the responsible instead of concern for psychic vampires!
7. Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all-fours, who, because of his “divine spiritual and intellectual development,” has become the most vicious animal of all!
8. Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification!
9. Satan has been the best friend the Church has ever had, as He has kept it in business all these years!
But then right after that a woman approached me, with that gleam in her eyes. She said, "I heard you talking about Satanism. Well you know the funny thing is you don't know who they are. They could be the person standing in church right next to you. I am a Christian.'
This is what it is like, at least in the United States! I don't understand why more people aren't outraged and aren't fighting back!
So I told her, "I was discussing with my friend how I am opposed to Evangelical Christianity." That shut her up and she departed. One small victory!
I have an email friend who was posting some stuff about some Christian Island in Second Life, and how "most people like it". I've thought about this. Why even in cyberspace would someone want such a thing. I wanted to respond to her, "What did these people do that was so horrible that they should deserve to be confined to a Christian Island?"
REPLY to a friend on another board:
I'm not a follower of The Church of Satan or of anything else like that. My friend brought it up and years ago I had looked at their web site. Generally I find it entertaining, and at the level I do agree with much of what they are saying. And yes, I do think Christianity plays on stupidity. And no, I don't feel bad about saying that.
I don't have any problem with any church, I am just opposed to it, all of it. Most of all I am opposed to the Evangelical Christian movement.
I am opposed to it just as I would be if people were passing out heroine on street corners. Makes no difference if people are embracing it voluntarily or if it makes them feel good.
It is still and ideological pathology.
The entire project of Abrahamic Faiths has serious problems. But with Evangelical Christianity its even worse. The most severe problem is how they want to make Christianity into a positivistic doctrine including only those who make a profession, and in opposition to those who do not. In doing this they are taking ideas out of the New Testament without understanding their context, or even if there is any wisdom in following them.
Evangelical Christianity is a direct attack on separation of church and state, on all manner of personal liberty, and on personhood itself. So no, pacifism and appeasement are not acceptable. There is already a holy war in action, against any of us who are resisting. So now we have to move from Live and Let Live to fighting back and winning.