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Anton LaVey and Satan

To: alt.satanism
Subject: Re: Anton LaVey and Satan
Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2000 01:56:14 GMT

Lupo wrote:

>I think it is appropriate to quote Dr. Lao on this one, for the nth

Thanks to Brother Lupo for posting that. Dr. Lao couldn't have said it
better himself.

Satan as a metaphor was no mystery among early Church of Satan members.
No one expected the Devil to pop out from behind a curtain during
rituals.  There were a few who believed in the literal being but then
every organization has members with "interesting" belief systems. The
whole idea of the Church of Satan was to renounce the gods in all their
forms and to celebrate life and one's personal accomplishments. Anton
LaVey made it quite clear in conversations and lectures that there was
no Satan (or any other supreme beings) outside ourselves -- that we were
our own "gods." The dark force in nature was the dark force in our *own*
nature. He said it best in the Satanic Bible:

"There is no heaven of glory bright, and no hell where sinners roast.
Here and now is our day of torment! Here and now is our day of joy! Here
and now is our opportunity! Choose ye this day, this hour, for no
redeemer liveth!"

Now what part of that can one not understand?

Michael Aquino's interesting inversion: "He (LaVey) just as routinely
tailored his comments down to the "metaphor" level when  dealing with
the public [or with Church members who could not handle anything beyond
that either intellectually or emotionally]" says far more about Michael
Aquino than it does Anton LaVey. But in the end, who really cares? Maybe
the real question should be why Michael Aquino needs to talk about it
for thirty years. Dr. Lao thinks that it is easier for Michael Aquino to
sleep at night believing that Set told him to betray a mentor and friend
rather than take the responsibility personally. In any event, apparently
Michael Aquino's "Set" is no great shakes in the god department. Not
only is Set a horrible writer ( _Coming Forth By Night_ ) but he
certainly hasn't been in Michael Aquino's corner when the going got
rough. In fact, it may be said that Set betrays his followers when they
need him most. That makes him an ideal god for Michael Aquino. As usual,
Dr. Lao is struck still by the irony.

Dr. Lao

The Circus of Dr. Lao

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