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Why I Don't Join the Church of Satan

To: alt.satanism
From: THOTH 
Subject: Re: Why I Don't Join the Church of Satan
Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2001 15:43:32 GMT

Personally, I would consider joining the COS just to show some support for
the organization that started it all, but I don't because of two words. 
PETER GILMORE.	Every thing I have ever read that he's written makes poorly
hidden references and insults at psudo-Satanic organizations.  Satanists are
the accusers of the right hand path, NOT the accusers of those that have
similar philosophies and ethics as we do.  I have yet to see any significant
thing he has done to help the Satanic movement.  He gives attention to the
psudo-Satanists, which only makes them stronger.  Ol' Doc LaVey never gave
the psudo-Satanists any attention.  If Gilmore and people like him don't stop
these actions, eventually the numbers in the psudo-Satanic organizations will
grow to the point that society will consider the psudo-Satanists the real
Satanists.  And real Satanism will be a dead religion.In article
<93nno6$vec$>, wrote:> Why I Joined
the Church of Satan> > I have occasionally been asked what someone gets when
they join the> Church of Satan.  My typical smart-assed answer is, “Not a
goddamned> thing.”  The stock answer most Church of Satan officials give is
simply> that one’s membership is whatever you make of it.  They are, of
course,> absolutely correct but I would like to expand on it just a bit as
far> as my own experience goes.> > The act of joining the Church of Satan was
a magical act of> significance to me for highly personal reasons as a
deliberate and> willfully symbolic act of transition and commitment.  So,
whatever> I "got out of it" was almost completely internal to me.  It did
not> open any doors.  It did not win me any friends.  It did not get me>
invited to any secret meetings.  I received no certificate "suitable> for
framing" and no membership directory.  Not even a t-shirt.  Just a> small red
card with a place for signature.> > But joining was an explicit act by which
I cast my lot in with the> Devil.  It was for me a necessary expr

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