The group that is trying to erect a statue of Baphomet next to the Ten Commandments at the Oklahoma state capitol represents a new strain of Satanism. It isn’t just about black masses, occultism, and deliberate acts of evil. The new Satanism is allying itself with atheism in an attempt to destroy traditional religions. And yet just as the atheists are having a schism, so are the Satanists, with orthodox devil worshipers complaining that the new groups are not real Satanists. So reports Joseph Laycock at Religion Dispatches, excerpted after the jump.
Think of it as an atheist Reformation, with a greater emphasis on spreading the bad news, replacing ritualism with a personal faithlessness, and de-emphasizing damnation by works.