Woof. I wanted to like The Satanic Temple and Lucien Greaves, but I randomly came across the real scoop on what low-down fash-friendly piles of shit they really are. Representing myself as satanic, I feel the need to address this, and while I’m at it, help fix some of the harm they are doing in the world.
To start with, I need to make clear that I do not believe every member of TST is fascist or a scumbag. Some just haven’t gotten the facts yet, and some who have feel too invested to acknowledge the truth. To those of you who are good people, I hope you work things out.
But I also hope you can realize you don’t need TST and can represent Satan in your own ways. There is absolutely nothing stopping you from walking away from TST en masse and starting your own Satanism. Maybe it starts small, a facebook group or a twitter account, but it can turn into something just as big and certainly better.
Eugenics and Nazi Friendliness
I was ill-informed and had little idea that modern satanists were so cozy with antisemitism and nazism until I fell down this unfortunate rabbit hole. What in the name of Hell is the point of rejecting Christ only to wallow in the shit ideals of his worst fanboys?
Lucien Greaves has made some half-assed apologies for antisemitic comments made on a radio show in 2003 as that came to light recently, and in the narrow context of that clip one could think of his comments as being more antitheist than antisemitic – he was saying jewish religious belief is his problem and jewish blood is not, in disagreement with the hosts of the radio show he was on.
But broaden that context just a little bit more, and things look much worse. Why did he not rebuke the whole proceedings when his pals on the show went full sieg heil? Why didn’t he bail? Because he knew they were nazis going in, and he was OK with that.
The show itself was the “Might Is Right 24-Hour Radio Special” in honor of a new printing of racist / antisemitic book “Might is Right” – and Greaves (as “Doug Mesner”) was invited because he illustrated the book. Whatever terms or qualifiers he’s used for it (he had a site called “dysgenics” as late as 2018), Greaves has wholeheartedly endorsed eugenics on many occasions. As recently as the founding of The Satanic Temple ten years after his appearance on that show, he was willingly associating with and involving the sieg heiling host of that very broadcast.
(Quick aside – the event hosts may or may not have identified as nazis and they didn’t actually say “sieg heil” but I don’t give an earthly shit about distinguishing between flavors of antisemite and the finer points of their ideologies. Another guest on the show was prominent KKK figure Tom Metzger – in a segment of the show Greaves (Doug Misicko in the transcript) happily participated in. Y’all are nazis; eat shit and die at your soonest convenience, thanks.)
(Aside Deux – because this is an atheist blog network and the “thought leaders” of modern atheism seem to think some nice guy version of eugenics, as a concept, can be salvaged for good, I should emphasize that ain’t true. I’m not up to linkspamming support of that point, but feeling tempted to give nazi ideas an inch of your mental bandwidth should give you great pause.)
Anyone who would oppose the hypocrisies and injustices of cultural christianity has to decide for theirself what they will propose in the wake of christianity’s defeat. Because you’re not going to defeat xtianity at large, of course (only they can do that to themselves lol), but you are going to win some hearts and minds away from the pews and pulpits. What are you giving them in exchange for what they’ve given up?
For some opposing xtianity is enough, like dictionary atheists who are iconoclasts without a care. LaVey was in the pitiful thrall of Ayn Rand and his satanic bible owes its soul to her “objectivism.” His Church of Satan and the satanic movement generally from that point on carried those values of cruelty and greed forward. This was the movement from which Greaves emerged, only differing in that he was more fully atheistic than his predecessors. Or maybe just more ableist. From what I’ve seen, ableism was always his biggest hobbyhorse.
OK, greed as a value does seem to oppose the charity spoken of by Jesus, so satanic, right? Wrong. If we were just going to oppose xtianity as described in the bible, maybe. But I don’t give a fuck about that. I want to oppose xtianity as it is practiced in my culture, and all the harm it does – most of which is fueled by greed. If you’re not doing that – fighting for the ability of people to enjoy life, fighting oppression – what’s the fucking point?
In their stances on gay rights and reproductive rights and religious freedom, The Satanic Temple has lured in thousands of progressive people – taken their time and money. But was this truly deserved? The organization is rotten at its core for the same reason the gnu atheist movement was: the founders centered ableism, the ability to feel superior to the “stupid” xtians, which is just about the quickest path to eugenics and nazism.
To this day, there are high ups within TST that have a history of consorting with nazi clowns like Mike Cernovich and Milo Yiannapolis. TST have gone on record as being anti-antifa, and you know what you get when those antis zero out.
Reproductive Rights People Hate Them
Just because anti-abortion scumbags have had a great deal of success lately does not mean that the defenders of reproductive health have been failing at their jobs, only that fascists have been achieving horrific victories across the board. But The Satanic Temple has opted to use that messaging to suck up activist dollars – to claim “We must accept the fact that traditional efforts to protect reproductive rights have failed.”
And what are they doing with the pro-abortion activist dollars? They’re acting like $cientology in the way they veer between saying they’re a religion and denying that depending on what’s most advantageous in a given financial or legal situation, and not being at all transparent about where the money goes.
All these issues and more led some Satanists in my part of the country to rebel, to make public critique of the organization. The law protects criticism of religious organizations, but they’re still suing for business harm – a business when it suits them, a religion when it doesn’t. The apostates are just regular people facing tens of thousands of dollars in legal expenses they can’t afford. It’s a SLAPP suit working as intended, and you can see why I might find that something worth fighting against.
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TST and FtB have both employed the same lawyer in free speech cases, a man who is a strong partisan on that issue, but easy to find very negative articles about. That lawyer is specifically named as one of the reasons for dissenters leaving TST. Due to our prior relationship with him, I will not be addressing that one specific issue here and prefer it not be discussed in this space, except to say I understand and very much sympathize with those concerns.