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“It’s too bad that stupidity isn’t painful.”
― Anton Szandor LaVey

“There are many who would like my time. I shun them. There are some who share my time. I am entertained by them. There are precious few who contribute to my time. I cherish them.”
― Anton Szandor LaVey

“Satan has been the best friend the church has ever had, as he has kept it in business all these years!”
― Anton Szandor LaVey

Anton Szandor LaVey (born April 11, 1930 – October 29, 1997) was the founder of the Church of Satan as well as a writer and occultist. He was the author of The Satanic Bible and the founder of LaVeyan Satanism, a combined system of his understanding of human nature and the insights of philosophers who advocated materialism, for which he claimed no supernatural or theistic inspiration.

Sound creepy?  Think he’s crazy?  You’d be surprised to find out his life was not only interesting but full.  He ran away when he was sixteen years old and joined up with circus and carnivals.  He participated in many acts with the large cats and was especially valuable as a musician.

He held the church in low regard due to the fact that he would often see the “upstanding” men of the cloth frequenting the brothel side of the carnival the evenings before and after mass.

LaVey was in love with the occult and paranormal and made a name for himself investigating claims of such phenomenon. 

LaVey dreamed of starting his own religion and created The Church of Satan.  Despite popular belief The Church of Satan does not "worship" or believe in Satan, nor do they believe in Gods. LaVeyan Satanism follows the belief that oneself is their own "God". They do not believe in suppression of desire and human nature.

Similar to The Ten Commandments of Christianity, The Church has Nine Satanic Statements, Eleven Satanic Rituals of the Earth, and Nine Satanic Sins.

Still think this is crazy and evil?  Look below for the Nine Satanic Sins…see how many you agree with.

1.      Stupidity

2.      Pretentiousness

3.      Solipsism (Solipsism holds that knowledge of anything outside one's own mind is unsure)

4.      Self-Deceit

5.      Herd Conformity

6.      Lack of Perspective

7.      Forgetfulness of Past Orthodoxies

8.      Counterproductive Pride

9.      Lack of Aesthetics (a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of art, beauty, and taste, with the creation and appreciation of beauty)

And the church has thousands of followers all around the world.  Would you like to know more about LaVey and his church?  Visit their official site here.

Catch you tomorrow with B!
3/31/2013 22:34:38

Oh interesting. I've never looked into it because it always sounded a bit like quackery--something people playing heavy metal might grasp for showmanship. Doesn't sound so nuts this way... maybe he needed some help with marketing, though... sure SOUNDS like a worshiping of Satan (and I don't actually believe in Satan)

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4/1/2013 02:14:30

I've always found Anton LaVey to be interesting. I remember reading some of his works as a teenager. I remember LaVey actually named it the Chuirch of Satan as a slap in the face towards organized religion. You're right though, most Satanist don't believe in Satan anymore than they believe in god.

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4/1/2013 05:49:24

I still struggle with glorifying Satan because of the number of dull-witted people who won't get that maybe there is a deeper meaning being espoused.

I am not saying that churches are perfect (run by people, they are inherently flawed), but I think that if you look at most churches and get to the root of their philosophy, it is basically, be decent to others.

Which is a good thing...

I'm not sure I'd agree that materialism is a way to happiness.

Bill Hicks said it best. Life is a ride. Enjoy it.

Larry

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