Do you worship Satan?
No. For Atheistic Satanists, Satan is a powerful symbol of a philosophical rejection of supernaturalism. The ultimate rebel against the ultimate authoritarian. We don’t believe in Satan as a supernatural being any more than we believe in God as a supernatural being.
Do you promote evil?
No. We have a strong moral code rooted in our religion, which in our case is based on the Seven Tenets:
- One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.
- The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
- One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
- The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo your own.
- Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.
- People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.
- Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word
Why do you say Satanism is a religion if you don’t believe in God?
Many people have a difficult time grappling with the idea of an atheistic religion: a symbolic structure, a set of deeply held beliefs, and a sense of purpose, that contains a religious narrative but that does not tie itself to superstition and the supernatural. But it is important to allow for atheistic religions. Legally, you cannot have a bias that makes the “deeply held beliefs” of atheists intrinsically less worthy or less protected under law than the deeply held beliefs of people who believe in the supernatural.
Why Satan? Couldn’t you advocate for the same political goals without invoking Satan?
Using the name of Satan is powerful. It helps you to deconstruct the culture you’ve grown up in. Once you fully embrace outsider status, the symbol of the ultimate rebel, you begin to see more clearly the kind of hold that religion has on people. And that is an important message all by itself.
How can I join?
How can I find out more?