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Satansplain #038 – The Satanic Mass (1968)

Before The Satanic Bible, before heavy metal, there was “The Satanic Mass”. Explore the history and content of this infamous 1968 album, recorded and released by the Church of Satan.

Download the album & liner notes for free:
https://www.churchofsatan.com/music-by-anton-szandor-lavey/

Hymn of the Satanic Empire (includes sheet music & tablature):
https://www.churchofsatan.com/hymn-of-satanic-empire/

Satanic Mass essay:
https://www.churchofsatan.com/the-satanic-mass/

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Satansplain #037 – Anton LaVey and the FBI in 1980, listener mail

In 1980, Anton LaVey was brought to the FBI’s attention on completely fabricated accusations against him. Some idiots today still make a big to-do out of this obscure absurdity. Bill addresses this and answers listener mail, with some questions on pseudo-satanism, comments on some of the more recent episodes, a crazy Satanic anecdote, and more.

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Satansplain #036 – Colored Sigils and other early 1970s oddities from the Church of Satan

Back in the early 1970s, the Church of Satan experimented with different hierarchy standards, from color-coded medallions to multiple ceremonial titles, eventually scrapping what didn’t work and keeping what did. Internal newsletters from the day share some insight into what that was like.

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Satansplain #035 – Marilyn Manson, Marijuana, and Satanism

Answering listener mail about Marilyn Manson, marijuana, and other topics. Also, Bill gives his thoughts on his recent appearance on Comedy Central’s “Tooning Out The News”.

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Satansplain #034 РA Medicine for Melancholy (1992, 2023)

We’re living in some crazy times. What is a Satanist to make of it? A look back at Anton LaVey’s 1992 essay, “A Medicine for Melancholy”, and some surprising insight it offers for today.

00:00 – Intro

01:16 – Relevant Re-reading

03:36 – Religion during hard times

05:40 – Recap: Yes, Satanism is a religion. Really.

07:26 – Don’t be afraid of the “d” word

09:12 – Clown World, subjective jadedness

15:13 – “Demoralization Process”

16:45 – “A Medicine for Melancholy, or How to Avoid the D.P.s”

20:35 – LaVey’s 3 suggestions

27:18 – Comments on the essay, Nostalgia, ‘Member Berries

32:05 – Being a hipster vs. avoiding the D.P.s

33:05 – Bill’s argument for physical media

40:15 – Choices vs. indulgence

41:46 – Dangers of impulsion & compulsion

44:27 – “Instant gratification” and long-term indulgence

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Satansplain #033 – Satanism and “journalists”

Gabriella Swerling of the Telegraph contacts the Church of Satan for an article on the “rise of Satanism”, only to completely ignore what we said and print bullshit instead. A look at Satanism vs. the world of incompetent clickbait journalists (including Vice, of course). Also, The Satanic Temple rightfully and expectedly loses another frivolous lawsuit against its ex-members.

00:00 – Intro
01:28 – Review of Satansplain basics
05:34 – Why yes, I am a gatekeeper, thank you.
08:01 – Once again, no: it’s not a No True Scotsman fallacy.
09:22 – Why I’m looking at the Telegraph
12:05 – Why Vice sucks
13:42 – Vice’s “Guest Pass” message and our reply
19:33 – Satanacdote: Lamb of God hat / Bad Religion sticker
24:32 – I may make an appearance on Comedy Central. We’ll see.
25:13 – Gabriella’s message to the COS
27:41 – The COS replies back to Gabriella
35:28 – What the Telegraph wrote
51:48 – Recap on journalists
52:32 – Satanic Temple loses another SLAPP suit against Queersatanic (including Bill’s description of what a SLAPP suit is)
56:12 – SLAPP suit article, continued

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Satansplain #030 – Logic & Fallacies, part 1

Presenting a 2-part special on the topic of logic and fallacies. Here in part 1, we’ll be going over what logic is and isn’t, why Satanists should care about this topic, and finally an introduction to logical fallacies.

Suggested sites:
https://infidels.org/library/modern/constructing-a-logical-argument/
https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com

00:00 – Intro / Why cover this?
06:05 – Why Logic?
08:51 – Logic intro, what logic isn’t, relevance to Satanists
15:40 – What logic is
16:58 – Inductive Reasoning
18:32 – No, it’s not faith
21:38 – Inductive Reasoning, continued
26:31 – Deductive reasoning: propositions & premises
32:27 – Deductive reasoning: Inference & conclusion
32:46 – Deductive reasoning: summary / example / set theory & circles
40:55 – Deductive reasoning: result types
44:03 – Fallacies: Intro
50:33 – Fallacies: Straw Man
52:58 – Fallacies: Personal Incredulity
53:38 – Fallacies: Black & White / Hoyle’s / Argument from Ignorance
59:06 – Fallacies: Shifting the Burden of Proof

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Satansplain #028 – Joining non-Satanic organizations, Church of Satan policy on crime, why Satanic Temple sucks

Bill reads some listener mail, covering topics such as Satanists joining non-Satanic organizations, the Church of Satan’s policy regarding illegal activity, and oh yeah, why The Satanic Temple sucks.

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Satansplain #027 – The 2015 Starbucks Red Cup and 2022 Ye (Kanye West) Controversies

With Christmas approaching, Bill reflects back on the 2015 Starbucks “red cup” controversy, which may offer a Satanic lesson on the zeitgeist, including the recent media hoopla on “Ye” Kanye West.