Autodidact: self-taught


The Devil’s Mass

by V. L. Craven

I recently watched a documentary about Anton LaVey and the Church of Satan that was filmed in the late ’60s. It’s heavy on the hype and drama with which  LaVey surrounded himself, but it also shows how progressive the C o S was from the beginning. They talk about how they accept a wide-range of lifestyles and life philosophies. ‘Acceptance’ is the key word, here. They don’t believe in ‘tolerance’ because who wants to be tolerated?

For a group so demonized and reviled, they don’t actively despise anyone that doesn’t wish them physical harm.

Other groups that profess unconditional love for their fellow man tend not to practise what they preach, but Satanists are straightforward about their policies. You respect them, they respect you. You’re free to think what you’d like and live your life the way that’s natural for you.

Satanists have great respect for people that are true to themselves in the face of towering opposition. If Christianity speaks to you then be that, but allow other people to be true to themselves, as well.

Truth is truth no matter whose mouth it comes from. The truth is that the world would be a better place if people were allowed to be true to themselves.

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