Monday, January 8, 2018

Los Angeles Times: Satanism Is Resistance

                Remarkably, the Los Angeles Times has published an article inferring that President Trump is somehow responsible for the increasing national interest and participation in Satanism.* The piece claims that feminists in particular- and other disenfranchised souls, as well- are flocking to Satanism to find empowerment and express their resistance to the president and his policies.
                Did frustrated, marginalized conservatives look to Satanism in the Clinton and Obama years? Of course not. Leftists are pre-disposed to worship the Antichrist, which is why they are typically so opposed to the display of anything Christian.
                The article begins: “It was a great night for a heterodox generation of new self-described Satanists who are upending old ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and ‘Helter Skelter’ stereotypes in service of radical politics, feminist aesthetics and community unity in the divisive time of Trump.” Why, those Lucifer-lovers are really bringing the community together! Unlike that divisive President Trump! It was a magical night!
                It continues: “Given the never-ending chaos in American life, when nuclear war seems to many to be just one juvenile presidential tweet away, a coterie of artists are rediscovering Satanism’s imagery and rituals in a city with a long, rich and weird history of contrarian philosophies. Traditionalists might debate if any of it is properly ‘Satanic’ at all; this new take is much more feminist than nihilist, flexibly self-aware and better versed in internet culture than orthodox theology.” Neo-Satanism! That’s just what the witch-doctor ordered! Who knew Devil-worship had a softer side?
                The article goes on to describe a candlelit basement ritual in Los Angeles, led by Alexandra and Zachary. As spooky organ music plays, the couple preside over an altar topped with “a bleached human skull, teeth locked in eternal rictus.” Alexandra then lifts a sword from the altar and draws points across her husband’s chest, turns to face the group and says: “On this altar we consecrate swords to direct the fire of our unholy will. A human skull, symbol of death. The great mother Lilith created us all, and will destroy us all.” The group chants back as one: “Hail Satan! Hail Satan! Hail Satan!”
                What fun! And how inclusive! Sounds like a great team-building exercise for business groups, too! Hard to understand how these kind of rituals didn’t go mainstream sooner, isn’t it?
                According to numerous reports, gaggles of witches around the globe are casting spells on the president on an almost continual basis. Being Trump, maybe he’s reciprocating. The article actually appears to be encouraging anti-Trumpers to join the occult, if they haven’t already. This shouldn’t be a tough sell in California.
                The media consistently lambast the president for his defense- and embrace- of Christianity, for his traditional views on certain matters, and for his stout, overt support for Israel, as evidenced by his recognition of Jerusalem as that nation’s capital. And now it claims he’s responsible for the surge in Satanism? “Ironic” would be the polite way to define that bit of lunacy.
 The Times’ story almost tenderly characterizes the Satanic sacraments it described as merely a display of “doctrinal disputes, favoring inclusivity, especially for women, often the losers in both traditional religion and radical politics.”
Of this, there can be no dispute: we are losing our minds. And our souls.
(*”A new generation of L.A. Satanists finds community in blasphemous times”-- Sunday, January 7th)

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