Does Satanism Just Have a PR or Branding Problem?

So maybe you’ve heard of the the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC). You know, the d-bags who picket the funerals of everyone from fallen soldiers to Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker,  holding up homophobic signs and revelling in “god’s punishment” of the deceased?

Source: Vice.com

Source: Vice.com

Well, a little while back, members of the Satanic Temple performed a pink mass over the grave of WBC founder Fred Phelp JR.’s mother. What’s a pink mass might you ask? Well, as the afore-linked article explains:

A Pink Mass is a ritual performed after death designed to turn a straight person into a homo, regardless of whether or not that person is currently alive. It’s not unlike the Mormon practice of baptizing the dead, only instead of being blessed with holy water, the person’s spirit becomes totally gay.

When I first read this, I got to thinking “Hey, these guys don’t sound that bad. Not only do they oppose an institutionalized group that’s actually is evil, but they do it with a sense of humour, too.” I mean, they’re even trying to adopt a highway.

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So I did some Googling around to find out more about them, where I found the 9 Tenets upon which the Satanic Temple was founded. Here are the first 6:

1) Strive to act with compassion and reciprocity toward all creatures in accordance with reason.
2) The struggle for justice is an ongoing pursuit.
3) People are fallible, and although we should all try to do our best, poor judgment is inevitable. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it, and resolve any harm that may have been caused by our misdeeds.
4) One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
5) Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.
6) The freedoms of others should be respected, even the freedom to offend. To willfully encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forego your own.

You can go check the rest of them out for yourself, but none of their tenets are at all unreasonable. What it basically seems to come down to with these is: be compassionate, never give up the pursuit of justice, try to right your wrongs, keep your hands to yourself, follow the scientific method (love that one), and don’t encroach on anyone else’s freedom. Pretty fair, right?

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But, of course, that’s just one group, so I kept Googling, which brought me to the 11 Satanic Commandments (via the Church of Satan) and, again, there were 6 rules that really caught my eye:

1) Do not give opinions or advice unless you are asked.
2) Do not tell your troubles to others unless you are sure they want to hear them.
3) When in another’s lair, show him respect or else do not go there.
[…]
5) Do not make sexual advances unless you are given the mating signal.
[…]
8) Do not complain about anything to which you need not subject yourself.
9) Do not harm little children.

Again, you should check out the rest of them for yourself, but it basically comes down to: mind your own business, don’t bother anyone with your problems, be a good dinner/house guest, don’t be a perverted creep, don’t complain about what you choose for yourself, and keep your hands off children.

I mean, seriously...

I mean, seriously…

Overall, not a bad set of rules to make sure everyone gets along, wouldn’t you say? I mean, I can think of at least one major religious institution that could learn a thing or two from #9 alone.

Now, I know what some of you must be thinking:But can you imagine what else it must say in their scripture and what they do for their worship?” Well Google turned me into a pancake person a long time ago, and I have the attention span of a Ritalin addict going through withdrawal, so my research kinda stopped there.

But what I can tell you is that I was raised with a holy book that advocates genocide, rape, and slavery, so I can’t imagine that anything that the Satanic scripture might have to say that can be that much worse.

So maybe the problem with Satanism is one of public perception. Maybe, if anything, what they can learn from other faiths is to better manage their brand and control the spin.

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2 Responses to “Does Satanism Just Have a PR or Branding Problem?”

  1. Macitaja July 27, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    I know that rituals are ment for weak people with poor imagination or weak witches that try to become powerfull but God forbids them brain development so to compensate they make rituals and call telepathy mind control! So no wonder you have made geys almost all nicest guys because satanists are forbiden to have Gods highest powers so they compensate with rituals like God saves small children best he can so satanist sacrifise them to hurt God! I will prove that geys are mentally ill people same as whores and pedofiles! You all are Satanist rituals or curse subjects that has weak brains so you rather then leading fallow! How low has world got again!? And now even police oficers has been satanised by rituals and all I do is study and brake this nonsense! When oldany days good people send brainwaves to police to help them catch criminals these days satanists even dared to mess with English police officers! In my eyes bad satanists should be shoot in head as they danger for society and put children in risk even for self harm I can prove my theory and i answer about my words! Your just weak minded people that wants to lead but your just not ment because as child you didnt study so now your brain holds bulk of rubish and nothing intelligent so when asked intelligent you become agresive because you dont know answers even to basic human relationships so you just try to make your own rulles! Rot in hell one day you will all go to other world and regret all you sins as trust me beeing stuck in time piled up with other loosers for rest of your days in hell just fighting eachother is no fun!

    • CT Moore July 27, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

      I’m tempted to delete your comment ’cause it’s hateful and homophobic, but I don’t believe in censorship, so instead I’m just going to point out how that grammatical run-on dribble of a comment makes you sounds more like an iron age paranoid whose hopped on a cocktail of wormwood, mead, and superstition.

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