Most of the Satanists I know are basically of a libertarian political perspective.
Oh yea, like that's going to improve their image...
In all seriousness, I'm dissapointed in the answers to my questions. In fact, he comes off pretty lame. Take this quote: "Our philosophy is based on reason and logic[...]" Any religious figure who says this obvously doesn't understand the very nature of religion, much less spirituality.
"The figure of the mocking trickster has been a Satanic image in many cultures." -- Uhm, No. There have been trickster gods in many cultures, but calling them "satanic" figures is as misguided as saying that Caeser was a Reform-party politician.
"Satanists don't have this rift, though many people who embrace spiritual doctrines do; the latter feel that they must fight against their own "impulses." We Satanists are integrated with these, and flow with them.
Spoken like a true sociopath. Anyone who claims that members of their organization are totally free to explore their desires are either trying to sell you something or are the warden of a psych ward.
"Indulgence - NOT compulsion!"
Now that's a bait-and-switch if I've ever heard one. They use the term "indulgence" quite liberally: "indulge your sin", "indulge your desires", etc. Then when faced with the idea of consequences for these "indulgences", they say that it's really "compulsion".
"Our response is to point out that these so-called "ritual abuses" are usually complete hoaxes (as has now been proven by law enforcement agencies the world over), and that such practices - if they ever were to happen - are contrary to Satanic philosophy and practices.
True, there are many hoaxes in this arena. Still, the Church of Satan's refusal to acknowledge the real -and proven- cases, as well as do some part to curb future instances, is irresponsible and a stain on their image (or perhaps that stain is an insight into their actual view...)
(In responce to a question by DesiredUsername) "If you really believe that Satan is/was only a man, then there is no reason to believe in his ability to make you do things against your will. Since, in our understanding, Satan never existed (and the same is said for God), there are no "teachings" to study, nor is there some kind of demonic force to make you do its bidding. That kind of thinking should be recognized as belief in a fairy tale or perhaps a symptom of paranoid schizophrenia."
(You really have to read DesiredUsername's questions to really get this one.) Wow, watch the joke fly way over Mr. Satanist's head...
(In responce to a question I asked about White Supremicy in Satanism:)"Besides, all I'd need to do is bring such a person into a room filled with the very diverse collection of people from many of the world's nations and ethnicities who belong to us and they'd see what a pointless accusation they are making."
Well, I'd certainly like to see this mythical multicultural Satanist convention. I like how he manages to put this all in a hypothetical, as there is no factual basis to his "we're multicultural" claims.
So, there we are, a represenative view of Satanism. What do you think?
I fly the UN Flag.