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1. If Satanists do not "worship Satan" then why are you called "Satanists"?
We are called "Satanists" because that is the only term in general language that fits all of the social-philosophies that make up this religious philosophy. These philosophies include, but are not limited to:
Anti-Theism - the doctrine of a disbeliever in the existence of a God.
Humanism - an ethical practice and system of thought in which human interests, values, reason, scientific inquiry, and human fulfillment, and dignity predominate.
Hedonism - the doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the highest good.
Rationalism - the doctrine that human reason is the sole guide to all attainable religious truth.
Realism - the tendency to view or represent things as they really are.
Naturism - a person who appreciates the beauty and benefits of nature.
To commit to any of these social-philosophies, individually, would ultimately take away from the essence of the whole. Each of these social-philosophies, and the others that make up Satanism, are all in opposition to the religious hypocrisy (and, yes, that includes atheism, agnosticism, and deism) that has ravaged and all-but-destroyed the fairest perceptions of the real world. Due to that fact, the Hebrew term "SATAN" (meaning Opposer, Accuser, and Adversary) is the only word that truly fits, despite the obvious stigma that accompanies that name.
2. How come people say that Satanists worship the devil?
To put it simply, people are ignorant. People believe what Judeo-Christians tell them and Judeo-Christians make things up as they go, hence all the different denominations and each saying the other is wrong and "going to hell".
Atheists are either Judeo-Christians who simply do not see a point in believing in a deity (hypocrites), or are Satanists who fear the name because of their overwhelming Judeo-Christian influences (cowards). In short, Satanism is the religion everyone would be in if their was no religion. John Lennon knew this, hence his song "IMAGINE" because he saw the logic and truth in Satanism. Lennon, like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Franklin (among others) kept their Satanic beliefs secret, yet they did leave some clues that only other Satanists can recognize...
3. Isn't Satanism a criminal conspiracy that promotes drug use and racism?
To answer this one has to break up the components of the question:
No, Satanism is not a criminal conspiracy. Obviously, some of our adversaries will say that we are lying when we say this, but one only has to read the Satanic Laws/Ethics to realize that they are a perfect summary of any law in any nations Criminal Codes. Furthermore, the FBI have studied not only Satanic beliefs, but also the crimes that many report that are believed to be Satanic, or Occult, in nature and have detailed reports proving that they are, in fact, not related to Satanism at all. One such report was written by Special Agent Kenneth V. Lanning, of the FBI's Behavioral Sciences Unit, and can be found by clicking HERE. It is also a fact that those who report crimes claiming a Satanic link have no basis in reality. Case-and-point, the accusations against retired Military Officer, and Satanist (as well as founder of the Temple of Set) Michael A. Aquino, from the 1980s that reported him as molesting a young girl. During the investigation, the supposed victim walked past within feet of Aquino without recognizing him at all. Psychological studies have proven that a victim will, at very least, recognize an attacker they saw during the attack!
No, Satanism does NOT promote drug use. In fact, it is a common recommendation among all internationally acknowledged Satanic sects to avoid ". . . the use of substances, devices or pharmaceuticals which might lead to the delusion and subsequent enslavement of the [mind] . . .", the Ninth Enochian Key.
It is a common misconception among the enemies of Satanism that Satanists are supposedly all racists. The fact of the matter is that all racist groups are Christian based, the White Brotherhood, for example, have been known to say "Praise God" almost as much as their official slogan "White Power". Other racist groups have praise for "Yahweh" (the Jewish name for God) on their racist websites, despite the claim that they hate Jews as much as they hate Blacks. Even Adolph Hitler was a devout Christian. It is a documented fact that the Catholic Church, as well as the Pope during the NAZI reign, supported Hitler's "final solution" to exterminate Jews and other minorities. In 2008-09, the Vatican (Pope Benedict XVI), promoted a Catholic Priest to the title of Bishop after repeatedly denying the Holocaust of WW2 ever occurred (ironically, it was the German government that was the first nations government to denounce this disgraceful act by the Catholic Church). It should also be noted that Pope Benedict XVI, born Joseph Alois Ratzinger, was a NAZI soldier during WW2, yet claims (as he has to to maintain any respect from anyone) that he was forced into it by his countries government. Yet, there is no evidence that he attempted anything to stop at least some of the deaths of the Jews and others interned at the death camps (like Oskar Schindler, who risked everything to save some Jews from the camps by insisting that they worked at his factory, and Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, who conspired to kill Hitler). Furthermore, there is a quote that specifically seals the fact that racism is a Christian trait:
"In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was his fight against the Jewish poison." - Adolph Hitler
4. I understand that Satanists generally worship themselves, but do Satanists believe in a "higher power" of any kind?
The simple answer that you would likely get from most Satanists is "Of course not, we are the highest power and there can be nothing higher!". However, what is often not realized even by some Satanists is the fact that there is something that can be considered a "higher power". Realistic research of Satanism will bring you to a statement, an Enochian statement in fact, that is probably better known as the "Ninth Enochian Key", in the description of which one will read a caution against using anything addictive and includes the statement "...which might lead to the delusion and subsequent enslavement of the master." The "master" referred to here is human intellect. To an addict, human intellect is skewed to nothing more then the artificially induced need of getting that next fix of whatever one happens to be addicted to. To a Satanist, however, human intellect is the "higher power" that is in general worship. Satanists are compelled to strengthen and increase the human intellect by questioning, and subsequently researching, all things. By doing this, the Satanist is, in effect, worshipping his/her own intellect as the "higher power". Therefore, it is only logical to say that Satanists DO worship a "higher power", just not one that can be considered "conventional" by most people.
5. Why would anyone chose to be a Satanist in the first place?
The simplest answer is, they don't. Satanism is not just a religion, Satanism in fact has something in common with Judaism. Both Satanism and Judaism are not only religions, they are both also races. Satanic scholar, and author, Tani Jantsang (in his book "The Serpentine Race") refers to two original races that have been referenced at least as far back as the "Book of Genesis", of the Judo-Christian Bibles. One of those races is known as the "Adamites", or those who are descended from Adam, and the more obscure and previously misunderstood references to the "Serpentine Race".
In the Judo-Christian Bibles there seems to only be reference to one of the "Serpentine Race", referred to as "the serpent who tempted Eve" (some refer to this serpent as "Satan", which would seem inaccurate based on other Christian claims regarding "Satan") which, for obvious reason resulted in women being seen as "weak and corruptible" by Christians and snakes, Satanists, lawyers, and anyone else that people try to associate with serpents being seen as evil or untrustworthy.
As misunderstood, and even forgotten, as this obscure race may be it is now becoming obvious that Satanists are, in themselves, both a race and a religion. Therefore, a real Satanist can decide not to be a Satanist as easily as an Asian, African, or Ethnic-Jew can decide to cease being what they are.
6. What is the "motivation" for Satanism?
The simplest of motivation in all humanity is the motivation of Satanism, just to live life. Atheists, like religionists, simply don't understand life, or the meaning thereof. Most Atheists, although they do not believe in a concept religionists call "God", they DO follow religionist concepts and morality.
The "Christian-atheists" (as we call them) follow every tenet of the Judeo-Christian system of belief other then the belief in the Judeo-Muslim-Christian deity (the Jewish god "Yaweh", Christian god "Jehovah", or the Muslim god "Allah"), which makes them hypocrites. None of these names should be mistaken with the supposed "suns" (read "prophets") of these supposed deities: Adam, Jesus, and Muhammad.
The rest of the Atheists in the world are simply Satanists who are too scared to call themselves what they are. Usually because they can't get over the name, again because of their Judeo-Christian, Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist influences (the cases that may be made against Judo-Christianity and Islam can also easily be placed on Hinduism and Buddhism).
7. What type of Satanism does the Darkside Collective Ministry fall under, and what is the philosophy?
The Darkside Collective Ministry is a Satanic Church that falls under the category of Religious Satanism and the sect of Satanism known as Purist Satanism which is the strict observance and insistence on purity of Satanic religious beliefs, philosophies, and practices dating back to the period known as the Neolithic Era at least 12,000 years ago (10,000 BCE).
The Purist sect of Satanism should, realistically, be known as "traditional Satanism", however (and again, based on the Judeo-Christian bias forcing it's way into all aspects of reality), only a newer form of Satanism known as "Theistic Satanism" receives the title of "traditional" despite the fact that "Theistic Satanism" originated in Christianity back when Christian Priests wrote and performed the "Black Mass", on Friday nights, within the same church they performed their regular Sunday Masses. "Theistic Satanism" also does not follow any of the rules or philosophies that are definitive of Satanism.
Since the source philosophies of Purist Satanism are the same, with few differences, as LaVeyan Satanism, the philosophical differences are few and the activities are very similar. Purist Satanism is an anti-theistic based HERMETIC* philosophy.
[* - noun - of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the occult sciences]
8. With your use of the Baphomet symbol and the identical philosophy as the Church of Satan, isn't the Darkside Collective Ministry stealing from the Church of Satan?
On the contrary, the philosophy known as Satanism is far older then LaVeyan Satanism. The Darkside Collective Ministry uses many of the same philosophical sources as LaVeyan Satanism but we have found other sources that are just as valid as any other in serving to strengthen Satanism, and the Darkside Collective Ministry specifically.
The Church of Satan claims to have "created" and "copyrighted" the Baphomet, but with a quick look at the international copyright laws it will be discovered that phrases, words, and symbols cannot be copyrighted. Words, phrases, and symbols can only be "trademarked".
A check of the filed ownership for the trademark of the Baphomet turned up an interesting fact. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office the condition of the Church of Satan's claim over the Baphomet states that the words "Church of Satan" must accompany the symbol in order to be a violation of that trademark. Further, the Church of Satan's claim of ownership over the Baphomet itself would, in fact, make it an illegally acquired trademark. Under the law, simply softening lines on a symbol, changing the name, or any other change that does not make it distinctly different from the previous intellectual property as not to mistake it with the original is still in violation of International Patent and Trademark laws.
In "A Pictorial History of Magic and the Supernatural" by Maurice Bessy originally published in French, in 1961 and translated into English in 1964, found on page 198, under the heading “Satanic Sciences”, the caption reads:
“Pentagrams are the result of obscure numerological speculations. The five-pointed star, for example, seems to be characteristic of the Christian era, while the cross is the symbol (amongst others) of the figure five: four arms and the centre. By a strange coincidence, the Holy Spirit, the United States, and the U.S.S.R. and Islam use the five-pointed star as their emblem. (The opposition of good and evil is indicated through the inverted triangles).”
The Baphomet symbol is to the right of this caption. The cover of this hard-bound book, an artist rendered symbol and it was printed in white on the black cloth cover and this book was even admittedly used, by the Church of Satan as a prop for photo-ops in the "early days" (before LaVey's version of the Satanic Bible was published in 1969).
In fact, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office the symbol itself is not trademarked. In other words, the Church of Satan has no legal claim as long as you do not have the name of their church near the symbol.
It is also interesting to note, It was some time after the Templar slaughters in 1314 that the horned gods used in symbolic worship by the peasants and folk peoples of Europe (or Pagans), became the accepted imagery for "the Devil" by the Christian Church. In the eyes of the church if the peasants worshipped false gods, then the Pentagram symbol, used by those people asa symbol of security, must therefore be evil as well.
9. Satanists use the pentagram as the main symbol of their religion, right?
The universal symbol of Satanism is known by many different names, the most common of which is the Baphomet. This symbol consists of an inverted pentagram with the head of a goat inside. Without the goat-head inside the star, the inverted pentagram is used by some Satanists (particularly the Temple of Set) as well as young punks attempting to get a rise out of people. The inverted pentagram is also used by Wiccans to symbolize the sacred masculine aspect of nature.
There is another pentagram that is often mistaken as Satanic by modern Christians, called the microcosmic man, the regular pentagram (or pentacle) with the vitruvian man inside. The man's limbs represent the four elements: earth, wind, fire and water with his head representing the spirit. Because of its orientation and the head representing "spirit", this symbol is considered to pre-date the cross as an ancient symbol for Christianity. Although, those who know nothing about Satanism hold this symbol, whether with the vitruvian man or not, to be a Satanic symbol. The microcosmic man, without the vitruvian man, is also a Wiccan symbol for the sacred feminine aspect of nature.
10. In the policy statement of the Darkside Collective Ministry members are required to pay membership dues of hard productive work, what is meant by hard productive work?
Hard productive work simply means that the individual is successful in everything he does, whether he is at work or doing work for the Darkside Collective Ministry. To be successful individuals most work hard and be willing to put in that extra effort. hard productive work can be related to professionalism and an individuals pride in everything they do. It is the general belief of the Darkside Collective Ministry that people already work hard for their money, therefore we believe it is ridiculous to expect anyone to burn themselves out merely to hand off more of their hard earned money to, socially accepted religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc), as well as the Church of Satan that pretends to be a church, demands to be respected, and sends their members a "crimson" fan-club card while they condemn all others who actually practice what they preach.
11. With all the debate over "same-sex marriages", where does the Darkside Collective Ministry stand?
Science has proven that there is a "gay-gene". As indicated a 1991 research study by Simon LaVey [no relation to Anton LaVey], from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego:
The anterior hypothalamus of the brain participates in the regulation of male-typical sexual behavior. The volumes of four cell groups in this region [interstitial nuclei of the anterior hypothalamus (INAH) 1, 2, 3, and 4] were measured in postmortem tissue from three subject groups: women, men who were presumed to be heterosexual, and homosexual men. No differences were found between the groups in the volumes of INAH 1, 2, or 4. As has been reported previously, INAH 3 was more than twice as large in the heterosexual men as in the women. It was also, however, more than twice as large in the heterosexual men as in the homosexual men. This finding indicates that INAH is dimorphic with sexual orientation, at least in men, and suggests that sexual orientation has a biological substrate.
With no way to dispute Simon LeVay's discovery of the "gay gene" opponents attacked the fact that most of the corpses used in the study had all died of complications resulting from the AIDS virus (a disease that only effects the immune system, not the brain). Opponents also attacked Simon LaVey on the fact that being a homosexual himself and losing his partner of 21 years to AIDS he had strong personal reasons to pursue research in the area of a "gay gene". It is necessary, as a science-minded rationalist, to add that the November 1995 issue of Scientific American printed an article that reported Simon LaVey's research had “yet to be fully replicated by another researcher” (Horgan, 1995). It is more likely that no other researcher is even willing to attempt replication of his research due to the pressures against it from religious groups that are always getting in the way of true scientific progress.
It is interesting to note that the only basis in which the "Gay Gene" discovery could be attacked are by suggesting that an immune deficiency disease would effect genes in the brain (which is medically impossible), attacking the fact that no one else is willing to recreate the research due to religious pressures, and attacking the researchers sexuality are the only facts on which the opponents are capable of denouncing this discovery.
It has also been discovered that at least 1500 different animal species practice homosexual behavior. Petter Boeckman, of the Norwegian Natural History Museum of the University of Oslo, and the academic advisor for the "Against Nature's Order?" exhibition, describes the homosexual behavior of animals observed in the wild in the following information quoted below [the following information courtesy of news-medical.net]:
"One fundamental premise in social debates has been that homosexuality is unnatural. This premise is wrong. Homosexuality is both common and highly essential in the lives of a number of species,"
"To turn the approach on its head: No species has been found in which homosexual behaviour has not been shown to exist, with the exception of species that never have sex at all, such as sea urchins and aphis. Moreover, a part of the animal kingdom is hermaphroditic, truly bisexual. For them, homosexuality is not an issue."
"We're talking about everything from mammals to crabs and worms. The actual number is of course much higher. Among some animals homosexual behaviour is rare, some having sex with the same gender only a part of their life, while other animals, such as the dwarf chimpanzee, homosexuality is practiced throughout their lives."
Boeckman says the most well-known homosexual animal is the dwarf chimpanzee, the entire species is bisexual. Sex plays an conspicuous roll in all their activities and takes the focus away from violence, which is the most typical method of solving conflicts among primates and many other animals.
Among the apes it is the females that create the continuity within the group. The social network is maintained not only by sharing food and the child rearing, but also by having sex. Among many of the female apes the sex organs swell up. So they rub their abdomens against each other," explains Petter Bockman and points out that animals have sex because they have the desire to, just like we humans.
"Sex among dwarf chimpanzees [one of humanity's closes relatives] is in fact the business of the whole family, and the cute little ones often lend a helping hand when they engage in oral sex with each other."
Homosexuality is a social phenomenon and is most widespread among animals with a complex herd life. The pairing of males and females is fleeting, while between males, a pair can stay together for years. Homosexual sex between different species is not unusual either. Animals that live a completely homosexual life can also be found. This occurs especially among birds that will pair with one partner for life, which is the case with geese and ducks. Four to five percent of the couples are homosexual. Single females will lay eggs in a homosexual pair's nest. It has been observed that the homosexual couple are often better at raising the young than heterosexual couples. Homosexuality is also quite common among Lions, Dolphins and Killer Whales.
Indeed, there is a number of animals in which homosexual behaviour has never been observed, such as many insects, passerine birds and small mammals. Petter Bockman regrets that there is too little research about homosexuality among animals.
"The theme has long been taboo. The problem is that researchers have not seen for themselves that the phenomenon exists or they have been confused when observing homosexual behaviour or that they are fearful of being ridiculed by their colleagues. Many therefore overlook the abundance of material that is found. Many researchers have described homosexuality as something altogether different from sex. They must realise that animals can have sex with who they will, when they will and without consideration to a researcher's ethical principles."
One example of overlooking behaviour noted by Petter Bockman is a description of mating among giraffes, when nine out of ten pairings occur between males.
"Every male that sniffed a female was reported as sex, while anal intercourse with orgasm between males was only "revolving around" dominance, competition or greetings."
"Masturbation is the simplest method of self pleasure. We have a Darwinist mentality that all animals only have sex to procreate. But there are plenty of animals who will masturbate when they have nothing better to do. Masturbation has been observed among primates, deer, killer whales and penguins, and we're talking about both males and females. They rub themselves against stones and roots. Orangutans are especially inventive. They make dildos of wood and bark," says Petter Boeckman.
This all points to the fact that homosexuality is, in fact, very natural. For this reason, the Darkside Collective Ministry neither condemns nor condones the activities of homosexuals or heterosexuals. We do, however, support both in their right to marry as they wish as long as the couple, straight or gay, desire to undertake in a marriage.
The Darkside Collective Ministry is willing to provide a service (for non-members a fee will be imposed) to perform weddings of either orientation given that anyone requesting our services in officiating a wedding are willing to write their own wedding ceremony, which is in accordance to the Satanic wedding traditions. We will not require anyone we perform wedding ceremonies for to join our Ministry.
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