Appropriation of Satanism and lawsuits
There has been a lot of bitching and complaining by various so-called Satanists as of late in regards to the appropriation and “misuse” of Satan/Satanism in the media as of late.
The biggest complaint that I have seen is from the Satanic temple a group of performance artist liberal arts “activists” complaining about how a Tv show stole the image of their particular rendering of Baphomet on a tv show featured on netflix.
But is the Baphomet even a traditional Satanic symbol?
Levi himself described the meaning of the symbol thusly in “Dogme et Rituel:”
“The goat on the frontispiece carries the sign of the pentagram on the forehead, with one point at the top, a symbol of light, his two hands forming the sign of hermetism, the one pointing up to the white moon of Chesed, the other pointing down to the black one of Geburah. This sign expresses the perfect harmony of mercy with justice. His one arm is female, the other male like the ones of the androgyn of Khunrath, the attributes of which we had to unite with those of our goat because he is one and the same symbol. The flame of intelligence shining between his horns is the magic light of the universal balance, the image of the soul elevated above matter, as the flame, whilst being tied to matter, shines above it. The beast’s head expresses the horror of the sinner, whose materially acting, solely responsible part has to bear the punishment exclusively; because the soul is insensitive according to its nature and can only suffer when it materializes. The rod standing instead of genitals symbolizes eternal life, the body covered with scales the water, the semi-circle above it the atmosphere, the feathers following above the volatile. Humanity is represented by the two breasts and the androgyn arms of this sphinx of the occult sciences.”
Originally this symbol had very little to nothing in connection with actual Satanism.
It only became popular among Satanists when Anton Lavey appropriated the symbol for the church of Satan.
The Satanic temple has even rendered their own version appropriating it from occultists and from “modern satanists” to fit their own agenda and narrative.
Lucien Greaves leader and spokesperson of the Satanic Temple Wishes to sue netflix and the creators of “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” claiming they stole design for a demonic statue of the occult deity Baphomet, the group’s spokesperson Lucien Greaves wrote on Twitter.
Greaves further goes on with a conspiracy theory that netflix is somehow promoting a satanic panic with the way the show portrays satanists/satan.
In my opinion The Satanic temples version of the Baphomet triggers the narrative of Satanic conspiracy theorists in regards to child sex trafficking and pedophilia through their appropriation and rendering of the Baphomet adding children to the image almost confirms this theory and propaganda.
The Satanic Temple does have a legitimate legal complaint when it comes to their copyright and trademark of their image of Baphomet since it is unique and exclusive.
However you must question the real reason why the group would be so defensive of a religion and “deity” that they do not represent or recognize.
Money talks and seems to be the motivation behind this complaint.
Recently The Tv series American Horror story fictionalized Anton lavey from the church of Satan changing him into some sort of Theistic devil worshiper who performed human sacrifices. The show also has shown Satanists to gather in basements sacrificing people for the antichrist.
As an ordained Reverend Of the religion Theistic Satanism I have no concern for such theatrics and fiction the show entertains me and I have no fear that it somehow will cause a “satanic panic”
Let me ask you Brothers and Sisters do you wish Satanism to constantly be portrayed as a fluffy religion such as wicca?
We are Satanists and Satan is the great adversary we are warriors and should not be concerned about how the outside world views us.
This white washing of Satanism by liberal performance artists has somehow given many of you the idea that we are some sort of new age salvation army.
It is that appropriation of satanism that you should be concerned about because it has actually affected those with in the religion to lose sight of who we are.
Hail Satan/Hail Thy self
Reverend Robert Fraize
Traditional church of satan