by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:
Interest in Satan and Satanism has experienced a tremendous resurgence in recent years. At one time, Satanists were generally feared and shunned by society, but now Satanism is steadily being accepted into mainstream culture. Up until recently, the Church of Satan that was founded by Anton LaVey in 1966 was the most prominent Satanic organization in the world, but now it is rapidly being overtaken by a relatively new group known as the Satanic Temple. It is headquartered in Salem, Massachusetts and was founded in 2013 to combat the influence of evangelical Christianity in politics. It has grown explosively over the past several years, and at this point the organization’s leadership claims that it has a global membership of somewhere around 100,000.
On Saturday night, the chapter of the Satanic Temple in Los Angeles held what was described as “their biggest event ever”…
On Saturday, the Satanic Temple of Los Angeles held their biggest event ever: a massive satanic mass, complete with a live bloodletting ritual. The purpose of the mass, according to the Satanic Temple’s website, was “to inspire personal and societal liberation.” The event, which was held in partnership with Das Bunker, doubled as a fundraiser for a number of causes including the women’s reproductive rights campaign, lawsuits concerning violations of the First Amendment, and providing education and assistance to individuals incarcerated in our for-profit prison system. Once attendees made it past the massive line to get in, there was live painting, and first-come-first-serve tattooing.
In most Christian churches, if the program goes over an hour people start to become quite restless. In contrast, these Satanists gleefully celebrated their dark arts well into the night. At this event in Los Angeles, the doors opened at 9, and a series of very twisted events led up to “a bloodletting ritual” that didn’t end until nearly 3 in the morning…
A one-hour invocation ritual followed at 1 am. The crowd later took part in a bloodletting ritual from 2:15 am to 2:45 am.
The Satanic Temple Los Angeles had teased the event ahead of time, saying it had faced ‘rampant opposition’ in the months leading up to it.
I actually know someone personally that belongs to the Satanic Temple. At one time he was seriously considering becoming a Christian, but now he is very proud to call himself a Satanist.
And a lot of these Satanists are far more committed than most people that call themselves “Christians”.
A single individual with a passion for a cause can accomplish a great deal. Unfortunately, all too often these individuals are working for the wrong side. For example, a public school teacher down in Boca Raton, Florida decided that he wanted to put up a “Satanic display” in a public square this past holiday season, and despite tremendous opposition he was able to achieve his goal…
Earlier this month, the city of Boca Raton gave Smith permission to install a Satanic display at Sanborn Square downtown. That is the same park where other religious organizations install a nativity scene and menorah during the holiday season.
Smith is a known activist for separating religion from government. He argued if the city allows one religious display on public property, it has to allow them all, even if they are offensive.
His display included the words “May the children hail Satan.” Bremer said that is not a message a middle school teacher should spread.
You have got to be quite sick to do that sort of thing, but the truth is that a new brand of militant Satanism is on the rise all over the nation.
Back in July, the Satanic Temple announced that it would be launching a series of after-school programs for elementary students all over America, and so far they have already established nine clubs.
If you can believe it, this includes an after-school club in heavily Mormon Utah…
Utah’s first After School Satan Club kicked off with an open house Wednesday at Vista Elementary School.
The club, for children between the ages of 5 and 12, encourages students to think critically and have a scientific understanding of the world around them, according to Chalice Blythe, Utah chapter head for The Satanic Temple.
“Kids naturally have that ability to be curious and question things,” Blythe said. “We’re basically just saying we should bolster that.”
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