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Daily Mail: “Devil’s island: growing number of Brits are practicing Satanism”

A masked, hooded figure in the woods.

The Daily Mail made an attempt to cover the rise in British Satanism. Despite a strong start giving a broadly positive overview, they carried on to grossly misrepresent our philosophy by suggesting we sacrifice animals and mutilate their bodies. After an email discussion, they removed our pictures (which they had used without consent and labelled incorrectly), required parts of the article and included an explicit disclaimer that we were not involved in the events depicted.

It shouldn’t need to be said again – Satan doesn’t exist, so cannot be impressed by any amount of wanton animal cruelty. As rational and moral creatures we strive to minimise suffering; the notion of blood sacrifice is as abhorrent as it is ridiculous and absurd. Anybody can draw a pentagram – it doesn’t mean Satanists were involved.

The article can be found here: Daily Mail, 21st January 2023.

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Sunday Telegraph: “Young sacrifice belief in God on altar of Satanism”

Chaplain Leopold in ceremonial garb

Chaplain Leopold, a member of Global Order of Satan in the UK, was interviewed in early 2023 by Gabriella Swerling, social and religious affairs editor for the Sunday Telegraph. This covered a wide range of topics, including the underlying philosophy of the Order.

He explained that many young people are “turning away from what are now incredibly outdated, very obviously stuffy views that are completely not in keeping with modern times”, and described how the literary archetype of Satan – as exemplified by authors such as Milton – serves as both a guide for moral behaviour, and an inspiration to a progressive outlook on issues such as social justice, gender and sexuality. Census results showed a huge increase in the number of Satanists in the UK between the 2011 and 2021 polls, with over 5000 people identifying themselves as Satanist despite social stigma and bigotry still experienced from members of more mainstream religions.

The article can be found here: Sunday Telegraph, 14th January 2023.

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Satanism, the Illuminati and the Faustian pact

The Satanic path is one of individualism and personal growth, and every Satanist will have their own reasons for walking it as well as their own experiences while on the journey. There are a few events that many Satanists all experience. That is, to be approached by an individual or group professing to be the Illuminati, seeking to join the Illuminati, or someone asking you to contact the Dark Lord for riches or fame in return for their soul. The latter of which was made famous by the story of the classic German legend of Faust, and is known as the Faustian Pact.

It is important to state that the Satanism the Global Order of Satan espouses is one of Humanist and Progressive values. We don’t actually believe in the physical manifestation of an evil goat man on a throne scheming to usurp a deity that holds a strange interest in collecting the flesh of male genitals, and instead look to use the mythical concept of the defiant Satan of the works of Milton and the Romantic poets to embody self reliance and a way to speak truth to power.

But who or what are the Illuminati? Historically, they were a society formed in Bavaria when it was technically a separate state during the Enlightenment. They believed in combating superstition, misinformation, and the Church’s power over the state. In this way they can be seen as simply a Humanist organisation that was forced into secrecy due to the heavy Catholic control in the state of Bavaria at the time1. The secretive nature of the organisation made it easy to become scapegoated as the cause for any secular unrest and the radical revolution in France2. The goals of the historical Illuminati share many similarities with those of organisations like the GOS which sadly makes it easy for some more imaginative reactionaries to weave a grand conspiracy theory where they become blended into an evil Chimera-like organisation.

This has continued to this day, though with a slight change. The most common trope is a shadowy cabal that orchestrates global events in the hopes of causing enough chaos to usher in a New World Order, with people injecting their own personal theories into the conspiracy story. However, unlike the enlightenment illuminati, the modern conspiracy instead claims that the organisation gains its powers by worshipping Satan and sacrificing children. These concepts have been supercharged by groups like QAnon, and there has been a recent resurgence in causing moral panic by accusing opponents of belonging to a secretive organisation that eats babies and worships Satan.

On the other hand, there are those who would seek to use these conspiracy theories to prey upon the desperate and uninitiated. The usual lure that is used by the “Illuminati” is to approach an individual on social media with the invitation to gaining a fortune. Who knew that the highly secretive organisation would have members openly declare themselves as part of the organisation or have a multitude of “official illuminati” accounts? In this regard there is little difference between the “Illuminati” offering the Satanist money in return for X and the prosperity gospel “give me a $1000 now and god will do something good for you down the line”.

Much in the same way, there will be those who think that they can approach us as Satanists, and ask that we put them in touch with Satan so they can exchange their “soul” for money or fame, thinking that they can actually conduct the famous Faustian pact, the product of the famous German folklore, in real life. We find this approaches to be both comedic, as we believe that neither a person’s soul, nor Satan, or any of the superstition surrounding them actually exist, and also tragic, because we often find that these requests come from people who live in deprived situations, and they actually think that this nonsense can lift them out of their terrible situations. The one small thing that we can do for them is inform them that they have been lied to, and hopefully persuade them to stop such fallacious thinking.

It should be fairly obvious to people that we lack Satan’s or Lucifer’s phone number as certain people claim, if we did I’m sure we’d be seeing legions of people calling down lightning or being extremely wealthy. Reality shows that it’s a relatively small section of the Human family that holds grotesque levels of wealth, and they have become even wealthier during recent times without otherworldly powers, but instead with exploitation of a lack of market regulations and the workforces3.

Written by Chemosh

1. Dülmen, R. 1992. ‘The society of enlightenment
2. Barruel, A. 1799 ‘Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism
3. Elliot, L. 2022. ‘World’s 10 richest men see their wealth double during Covid pandemic

Read more about the Global Order of Satan here.

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Banning ‘conversion therapy’

Ban Conversion Therapy

So-called “conversion therapy” is the pseudoscientific practice of attempting to “cure” people of their sexuality or gender identity using physical, psychological or spiritual methods. Despite the warnings of medical, scientific, and government institutions around the world that these practices are ineffective, people are still bullied or coerced to take part in these barbaric actions. The result is significant psychological and physical trauma that can ruin people’s lives.

We at the Global Order of Satan stand firmly against the practice of “conversion therapies”, for three principal reasons:

  1. “Conversion therapy” is rooted in the concept, often born of conservative and/or religious viewpoints, that LGBTQ+ people’s sexualities or genders are an illness and can be “cured”.  We find these concepts to be prejudiced and misguided. They violate our second pillar, which states that we “respect the inviolable body, autonomous will, and sovereign right of every individual to guide their own life and being; remembering that enjoyment of these rights is predicated on respect for the same in others”. We proudly state that gay and trans rights are human rights, and everyone should be loved and respected for who they are.
  2. There is a significant weight of scientific proof that “conversion therapy” is ineffectual in achieving its aims and actually only serves to oppress those whom it is inflicted upon, doing significant damage in the process. This stands against our third pillar, which states that “science, evidence, reason, and critical thinking should guide our beliefs about our universe”. We believe that no official body who claims to follow scientific advice should ever tolerate its practice.
  3. Victims of “conversion therapy” cannot claim to have agreed to consenting to such practices, as they are coerced with the impression of their supposed aberration, and threatened with ostracism and shunning from their families and social groups. Therefore, any practice of conversion therapy is impressed without consent and stands against our founding first pillar principle of promoting “self fulfilment and personal understanding”. People will only grow if they are allowed to define their own path and not have it dictated to them by others.

Despite this, only a handful of countries have outlawed the practice of “conversion therapy”; while others, including the United Kingdom, France, and Norway, have promised bans on conversion therapy, but failed to deliver them. We therefore are joining our efforts with people in those countries to raise awareness of “conversion therapies” and push for a more defined set of bans against these barbaric practices in the hope that other countries will follow suit.

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