reply to post by satanictemple
I would call it misinformation. The guys who spread it really believe what they are saying.
The truth is they don't know what they are talking about. Many of them label anything they don't understand as "satanic". Some call Catholics
satanists. Some call Jews satanists. Some call Muslims satanists. Some call Masons satanists. So on and so forth.
I also think LaVey and the Catholic Church are to blame as well. LaVey for one shouldn't have called his militant humanist philosophy "satanism".
This has caused all kinds of confusion.
The Catholic Church added to the mess in the past when they came up with a fantasy of a satanic witch cult that practiced black masses and other
nonsense. Even more silly was the Hellfire clubs that imitated the Catholic fantasy.
I am not sure if you know about the Temple of Set, it was an offshoot of LaVey's church founded by a US Army Lt. Colonel Michael Aquino.
Lt. Colonel Aquino orginally was with LaVey's organization. Around the early 1970s he claims that he channeled an entity he idenitified as "Set",
who he claimed was the source of what Christians called "satan". He left LaVey's group and started a occult order in 1975 devoted to the left
handed path, which he called the Temple of Set.
There is also the Typhonian Order, an offshoot of Aleister Crowley's Order of the Eastern Templars, founded by Kenneth Grant. It deals with darker
channeled entities sometimes called "The Old Ones". Grant started channeling these Old Ones in 1939. He served as Crowley's apprentice in 1944. He
was expelled from Crowley's order in 1955, after founding a lodge devoted to channeling what he called the Setian/Sirian current.
There are also those who follow a "horned one", which I am almost positive is the same as Azazel and Enki. The concept of a wise and horned
trickster god goes way back, even to prehistoric times.
There are numerous myths involving a wise trickster giving crafts, language and fire to man. There is sometimes an assocaition with goats as well.
Anyone who bothered to sit down and read about LaVey's group, Lt. Col Aquino's temple, Grant's Order and the various groups that follow a "horned
god" would discover they are all very different.
What does that mean? It means no one bothers to do the research. Then people spread misinformation.
The funny thing is it applies to almost everything, not just what people call "Satanic". The same misconceptions and misinformation happen in
various faiths and philosophies.
I think it is human nature to not be objective and then spread subjective memes like a virus.