Your Own Personal Satan
Modern day Satanists don't believe in gods, devils, magic, heaven, or hell. The few "satanists" who do hold onto theistic and/or magical beliefs are remnants from the Church Of Satan, founded by Anton LaVey in the 1960s and moderately active until the 90s. While we have a lot to thank him for, in terms of popularizing Satanic energy and culture, it was built for a different time and for a different reason than The Satanic Temple.
The TST, and it's members, use the name and legacy of Satan as the original rebel, as a metaphor/symbol. The mission of The Satanic Temple (as stolen from their website) is to encourage benevolence & empathy, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical "common sense," oppose injustice, and undertake noble pursuits. This is a huge contrast to what LaVey's CoS stood for, which was largely theatrical and out to offend.
TST's Seven Fundamental Tenets:
- One should strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures in accordance with reason.
- The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
- One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
- The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo one's own.
- Beliefs should conform to one's best scientific understanding of the world. One should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit one's beliefs.
- People are fallible. If one makes a mistake, one should do one's best to rectify it and resolve any harm that might have been caused.
- Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.