Originally posted by Superhans
reply to post by DarknStormy
Seriously? If I were to list homicides committed by Christians and atheists ATS would just blow up. Statistically Satanists are one of the safest
groups to be around.
....casually quips the guy with the Ted Bundy avatar....
Okay, now I'm definitely not normally one to purposely or inadvertently start or
perpetuate a Satanic-murderer panic. However, I do have a few
issues with your comment.
1- Statistically? Source please? Or by "statistically" do you really mean "according to a statistic I just kinda made up on the spot?"
Maybe you just meant that as a figure of speech. In which case, I really don't agree with that usage. "Statistically" usually implies that a
statistic has been determined via research and data collection.
2- If you know much about "Satanism" you may have realized that there is not one type
of "Satanist." Unfortunately many people still seem
to fall into this trap. A lot of christians and other "conservatives" believe that all "Satanists" worship a literal, supernatural dark lord. A
lot of people who have studied religions outside of christianity or the mainstream (especially some dabblers in the occult) believe that Satanism is
only, or primarily groups like LaVey's Church of Satan-- groups which do not
believe in a literal supernatural Satan... but rather are more
along the line of atheists, or self-deists.
The reality is that both groups exist.
And who knows... there may even be a little bit of a cross-over.
That said-- I don't know why you would claim that someone would be "safer" around a person or persons who truly believed that there was a
supernatural, evil "god" who delighted in and took worship from those who committed "evil" deeds. Some people really do believe this.
Which leads me nicely to my next point....
3- Given your avatar, I'm not sure I need to really explain this one. Two words: Richard
4- Now, I've known a few LaVey styled (Church of Satan) satanists... and they seemed okay enough. I'm sure there are CoS members out there who are
decent people. But keep in mind that even those CoS members who do not
believe in a literal Satan believe that each man is his own highest god,
and should hold himself in the highest regard. Satanists make their own moral codes. As such, some satanists may behave consistently in a manner which
society at large would find morally acceptable, and some satanists may do so only when they have to for appearances sake-- otherwise doing whatever
would bring themselves
greatest pleasure... even at the expense of others. In that case, it would very much be a matter of that person's own,
particular "moral compass."
Even so, however.... while I wouldn't be shaking in my boots, I would certainly (and have been) wary around any person who I knew to have "Myself
and happiness are priority #1 in this world" as a basis for personal philosophy.