How Can Satanists
I have really enjoyed reading your site. I don't believe in God/Satan, and get pretty annoyed by the people who "need" to "save" me, pity me, or just plain hate. Also it's tough getting it across to people that just because you don't believe in God dosen't make you a Devil worshipper. at least that's been my experience so far.
I was reading the letter, "Let's Go To The Atheist Page Just For Laughs" with Rich Zawadzki, and noted:
Very few Christian bigots will encounter atheists who are happy about encountering a Christian bigot. The only atheists I know who would snicker upon encountering you might be the one or two Satanists who would consider your being a fundamentalist Christian to be an even more fitting curse than even they could conjure! Even if the atheist you meet actually is happy (I had a blast preparing that response last night), the Christian bigot will color his interpretation of the encounter with his preconceptions.
I was thinking a Satanist would not be athiest or agnostic, since you have to believe in God to hate him/her/it? I don't really require an answer here, I am sure you have plenty to do and this is more of a fan mail than anything else.
Just so you know, your efforts are appreciated. Looking forward to reading more in the future,
From: "Positive Atheism Magazine" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: PA-via_Positive_Atheism_Index
Date: Wednesday, December 27, 2000 9:38 PM
Thanks for your letter!
Almost all Satanists, particularly those of the Anton Lavey variety, are flat-out atheists. They don't believe that a personal god or a personal Christian Satan exists. Satan is a metaphor for Self, particularly the self-indulgent Self. When a Satanist says "Hail Satan!" translate that to mean "Hail Me!"
Many Satanists tend to withhold this and other information from Christians.
It is entirely reasonable for a person to hate a concept -- and even hate the fictional object of that concept -- without assenting to the truthfulness of that concept or the existence of that fictional character.
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