Though not mutually exclusive, there has always been a strong correlation between Satanism and Heavy Metal, mostly due to its dark roots in aggressive fearlessness and rebellion. For centuries, the monotheist majority has seeped its influence into politics, which instigated the more extreme, Black Metal, to the point of violence.
However, here is an example where defiance takes a peaceful turn.
Under the United States Constitution, “church” and “state” must remain separate. However this rule has been bent and distorted to the point of passing legislation. Still, by federal law, the line cannot be crossed. So, the Portland, Oregon chapter of The Satanic Temple found a way to call out this elementary school, who hosts an Evangelical after-school program, on its double standard — and succeeded.
A major Pagan webzine, The Wild Hunt, reports:
The After School Satan clubs are the creation of The Satanic Temple (TST), which recently established a new headquarters in “America’s Witch City,” Salem, Massachusetts. The clubs were launched in reaction to the proliferation of Christian-based, evangelical after-school programming, more specifically CEF’s Good News Clubs.
In a press release, TST co-founder and spokesperson Lucien Greaves said:
“It’s important that children be given an opportunity to realize that the evangelical materials now creeping into their schools are representative of but one religious opinion amongst many.”
Greaves goes on to say that the “After School Satan Clubs will focus on free inquiry and rationalism, the scientific basis for which we know what we know about the world around us.
We prefer to give children an appreciation of the natural wonders surrounding them, not a fear of everlasting other-worldly horrors.”
This chapter is not to be confused with the Church of Satan, founded by Marilyn Manson‘s “surrogate father,” Anton Szandor LaVey, which feels very strongly about allowing their individual members to make their own political statements, rather than act as a group.
From the Official Church of Satan website:
“As has been said many times before, one’s politics are up to each individual member, and most of our members are political pragmatists. They support political candidates and movements whose goals reflect their own practical needs and desires.”
Revolver Magazine listed Metal’s roster in the Church of Satan as of 2014, but most Satanic theists, such as Gaahl, Erik Danielsson, and Varg, are independent of organized affiliations.