Church of Satan Booms in Popularity Following Celebrity Endorsements
Following a recent surge in celebrities publicly acknowledging their Satanic beliefs, the Church of Satan has seen a giant boom in popularity as fans become inspired by their heroes.Some of the biggest names among the pop music elite have opened up about their love for the Devil over the last year including Jay-z, Lady Gaga, and Miley Cyrus.
Just this week, the only daughter of a former president, Chelsea Clinton publicly wished the Church of Satan a “Happy New Year,” following years speculation as to the meaning behind the upturned crucifix necklace she’s often seen wearing.
During public outbursts, last year, both Jay-z and Miley Cyrus confessed that the secret to their success lay within their love for Lucifer.Jay-z slammed Christian fans by declaring that “only idiots pray to Jesus,” adding that “Satan is our true Lord.”
These comments from major celebrities may seem accidental, but perhaps it’s more of a push towards the mainstream for Satanism by attempting to influence and recruit impressionable young minds.
Satanists were once thought of as mystical eccentrics wearing black Gothic garb, sacrificing animals and operating in shady and secret societies, but now, they are coming forward as some of the most influential people on the planet.Ordinary people are now switching to Satanism and calling themselves “secular,” claiming to praise reason and the individual freedom of thought.
According to RT, in the US, Satanic groups have begun drawing attention to themselves in the context of public governmental ceremonies.Last year, a member of the so-called Satanic Temple was allowed to make an opening prayer to Lucifer at a local council meeting in Alaska.
Assembly members stood around in a circle while the Satanist asked them to “embrace the Luciferian impulse to eat of the tree of knowledge.” She then ended the surreal prayer with the words, “Hail Satan.”Thoughtfully, meeting attendees were reminded that they did not have to participate in the opening ritual.
The Satanic Temple (TST) is a fairly new organization.Founded in 2013, it fights for political change by pointing out the ostensibly preferential treatment Christianity enjoys in politics. TST has seven chapters in the USA and Europe and claims a membership of 100,000.
One of the group’s objectives is to embed Lucifer in the public school system by establishing afternoon clubs, adoringly dubbed “After School Satan”, which is TST’s response to a Supreme Court ruling allowing evangelical programs to operate in schools.
Currently, nine clubs are listed under the program, including in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Washington DC. The clubs will focus on “rationalism, free inquiry … and fun”, according to a promotional video.TST itself emphasizes that it seeks to implement “After School Satan” in locations where active Christian children’s clubs operate.TST said it is “not interested in operating After School Satan clubs in school districts that are not already hosting the Good News Club.”The Temple is attempting to present a challenge to the Good News Club, an interdenominational Christian program for five to 12-year-olds, operating in over 3,500 public schools across the country.
The Christian club’s curriculum was designed by the Child Evangelism Fellowship and includes Bible studies and workshops.A spokesperson for TST, Lucien Greaves, said the controversial clubs will give children other alternatives than the Good News Club, which he claimed instills children “with a fear of Hell and God’s wrath.”
TST also aims to place demonic books on the shelves in the libraries of public schools, as well as having satanic prayers recited at high school games.It is, however, somewhat ironic that the Satanists’ intention is currently to get children to stop fearing hell, which runs counter to Christian teaching.Satanists are of the opinion that Christianity has had too much influence on American society, but this must be because they have not kept up to date with the latest research. Or that they are governed by a different factor than reason.But it seems that Europe may also be heading in the wrong religious direction.
In June 2016, several European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former French President Francois Hollande, and ex-Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, were present at a bizarre ritual in connection with the opening of the world’s longest tunnel, the new Gotthard tunnel, in Switzerland this past June.
The ceremony is performed by masked men dressed in grass costumes, fallen angels descending from the ceiling and a man with a goat’s head, whom the other performers in the ceremony appear to worship. The opening ritual has subsequently been interpreted as depicting satanic scenes from hell.More than one publication, and certainly more conspiracy theorists, slammed the dark performance “Satanic.”
A disturbing trend
According to The Pew Research Center, religious “nones”, a category that includes atheists, agnostics, and the “nothing in particular” group, make up 23 percent of US adults, up from 16 percent in 2007.This group is growing as a percentage of the US population.
At the same time, they are becoming increasingly secular, Pew reports, “a trend that also makes the US public overall less religious,” according to surveys made as part of the Religious Landscape Study.But there is more to the story.
To begin with, this group is not uniformly nonreligious. Most of them say they believe in God, and about a third says religion is at least somewhat important in their lives. Seventy percent of those born between 1990 and 1996 with no religious affiliation say religion is not important in their lives. A similar share also reports they seldom or never pray and 42 percent say they do not believe in God, according to the Pew study.
Obviously, most of the “nones” do not reject faith in “something”, and this often means that they seek some form of spirituality outside a traditional affiliation.Like Satanists also do.But why would one use Satan, a spiritual entity, as a figurehead if the aim of their struggle is rationality and freedom from religion?The perception of secular society as nonreligious is quite simply a delusion, as Lesslie Newbigin states in his book The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, in which he also points to a revival of ancient heathen religions, in opposition to Christianity.
The paradox is that the religions that have attempted to embrace rationalism perish in modernity, while those that embrace the supernatural elements revive.