Friday, March 12, 2010

Church of Azazel - statement against violent crime and vandalism

The Church of Azazel proto-congregation, a theistic Satanist group based in New York City, has recently issued a statement condemning violent crime and vandalism. The statement includes the following: "We do not want to live in a lawless society, nor do we consider ourselves to be above the law. Not only would a lawless society be a very unpleasant place to live, but the world's more lawless societies -- and the more lawless neighborhoods within our own society -- are also fertile soil for the theocratic/fundamentalist religions that we oppose."

The Church of Azazel statement also warns against Satanic panics, noting that "There have been periodic panics about alleged widespread 'Satanic crime,' such as the 'Satanic Ritual Abuse' scare of the 1980's and early 1990's, in which many probably-innocent people were sent to prison. ... Satanic panics are extremely dangerous not only to Satanists but also to adherents of other minority religions (who are often regarded by fundamentalist Christians and Muslims as 'Satanic') and to atheists. They are also dangerous to ordinary mainstream Christian folks. Most of the best-publicized accusations in the 'Satanic ritual abuse' scare involved ordinary mainstream people."

10 comments:

inthedetails said...

At last, someone pointing out to the other religions that we need to band together or else we all burn (in a manner of speaking). I'm glad that this group has made this statement and I hope it goes as public and widespread as possible.

bifrons said...

Very inspiring post. I hope that word of satanism will spread around the world, and inspire other religion to be more human...

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Kyle said...

Diane, its finally good to see someone somewhere has realized the bigwig religions are bullying both the minority and scaring the public. thank you for your guidance towards satan. your site (http://theisticsatanism.com/) is my home page as its always a good site after a bad day.

Axis Sallyboy X. said...
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Diane Vera said...

One "Axis Sallyboy X" has posted a comment which, unfortunately, I had to delete because it's probably in violation of Google/Blogger's terms of service. I've posted an edited copy and a reply here, on another blog of mine.

Axis Sallyboy X. said...

Greetings to you once again mother sista girl...Hail Satan to you and yours indeed. :)

First of all, I wanna thank you for, at first, if not for totally agreeing with my particular point of view, at least considering it and somewhat respecting it the 1st time around..even posting the whole thing at 1st for whatever reason.

I, for one respect your point of view and where you're coming from. Theistic Satanism or any sort of direct worship of anything (real or imaginary), aside from me myself and I, is a little far fetched and childish for me. If it works for you and gets you through the day...more power to you for real. On top of that, you decide to throw in that whole humanistic, almost liberal hippie-like approach to Satanism for whatever trendy ass reason. Like I said though, if that's what works for you at the moment...more power to you.

Riddle me this though: One day you'll be hanging out somewhere, anywhere...a show, a bar, the library, the cemetery, whatever...and you'll be wearing your "standard" Satanic Goth type UNIFORM, and it just so happens you have half a joint in your pocket..no big deal. However, as in most everyday situations unfortunately, some alcoholic cokehead of a crooked cop (who's last name just so happens to end with a vowel) decides to make an example out of you just like that...just `cause he can. Bad enough he got you on possession (weed is still illegal sad to say), and on top of that you might be rockin' a pentagram (upside down, right side up, sideways, whatever)...so in this twisted degenerate's mind you're insulting his intelligence and his rotten backwards upbringing and his um..values. He's gonna arrest you and harass you endlessly just for smoking some herb, and the fact that your particular style, dress code, and belief system at that moment doesn't fit in with what "society" dictates as the norm...all the more reason for this loser cop bastard to harass and antagonize you even more. On top of that, you being a female, this same so-called purveyor of justice and protector of people, will have absolutely no problem sexually harassing you verbally and physically...and totally get away with it just like that...all part of a day's work for your average NYPD cop.

So yeah, where is your particular emo and humane pacifist hippie-like take on theistic Satanism, out of all things, really gonna take you then??? Think about it.

I, on the more philosophical and modern end of things, don't condone violence of any kind...just expressing myself as honestly as possible...and if that means being the "bad guy", a maniac who simply sympathizes with basically harmless vandals and street artists, the so-called antagonist and instigator, and a complete wise ass loud mouth prick in the process..so be it. I'm simply an observer more or less, my weapons (at least for now) are my words and I think I'm pretty good at it.

As far as the cops go, I've ran into cops of all kinds, on all levels, with bigger bugs up their ass than any old Italian cop could ever dream of. Black cops, Irish cops, Puerto Rican cops, even Chinese cops with dispositions so nasty that would make even the most egotistical and egomaniacal 2-faced dirty Italian cop look holier than his Jesus Christ or his 85,476 or so saints for whatever occasion.

Diane Vera said...

I don't smoke joints, nor do I wear the "standard" Satanic Goth type "uniform," so the specific scenario you describe is unlikely to happen to me. But I'm well aware that police abuses of the kind you describe do indeed happen.

One of my longterm goals is to build a political activist network large enough and well-organized enough that, if anything like the above ever does happen either to me or to someone I know, we'll be in a good position to fight back. I'm nowhere near that goal yet, but it is indeed one of my goals.

I'm "liberal" not because it's "trendy" but because it's the only position that makes sense. After all, only in a liberal society are Satanists likely to be tolerated at all.

Diane Vera said...

P.S.: I'm sorry I didn't have time last night to deal with your second comment, which I am not willing to allow through in its current form. Ditto your subsequent comment.

Feel free to post a re-written version. If you want to post comments on my blog, you're just going to have to tone them down a little. In particular, please avoid ALL ethnic slurs, and please avoid ALL "dirty words." Sorry, that's a non-negotiable policy, for the sake of my blog's search engine rankings and such.

In your comment above, which I did let through, the last paragraph is kinda borderline in terms of racial/ethnic offensiveness. At least you didn't single out one racial or ethnic group. However, in future comments, please refrain from all ethnic slurs, such as "dirty Italian."