The Satanic Safety Net

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Recently, the Sect of the Horned God accepted the membership application of a gentleman:  university educated, professional career, family man, etc. He was exceptionally remarkable in how he perceived and lived the LHP and his list of philosophical influences, and explanation on how each impacted his life, was impressive in length and variation. The only hint of a dark cloud on the horizon was his birth and residence in an Islamic country. In this, my concern was ‘for’ him, and the possible negative ramifications that may arise.  Regardless, his own enthusiasm was unbridled and he sent the personal information needed, such as a mailing address, full name, etc, to process the membership.

It was with very little surprise, though, to receive an email from him a few days later with a subject line that read “Cancel Membership!” The letter content explained that he had taken a phone call from an unrecognized number and to his “horror” (his words) was informed that “they” were aware of his involvement in the Sect of the Horned God. To make a long story short, the Intelligence Agency of his country demanded the cessation of any affiliation with the Sect. Regretfully, and from justifiable fear, he felt he had to comply.

I was saddened to read the letter, but it was soon replaced by a cold anger in that this man faces a “real world” danger that encompasses not only his family and job, but his very life. He cannot fall back on “Rights”, “Privilege”, “The Constitution”, or “Freedom of Speech”.  While he is not the first member of the Sect to reside in an Islamic nation and to have encountered “resistance” because of membership, he has been the first to give it up for that reason.  I can’t blame him for the retraction, nor the others for maintaining membership under the radar.

What the above situation brought to mind initially was an observation on how the word “Adversary” within a Left-Hand Path model in Western Culture seems to be morphing into a pabulum–like slop by many who insist on touting their “Adversarialism” while protected under the safest of conditions and circumstances. Rather than dignifying the actions of it in an arena where there is a real threat to person-hood, it is degenerating into a lesser form that assumes entitlement and respect amid pathetic bravado; A battle front waged in little more than the mire of an abandoned (and often internet) sand-box. To be honest, it reminds me of a LHP version of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Am I adversarial? Of course, but the situation has to be worth the conflict and is one that sits on many personal, community and national platforms.  Any opponent considered less than worthy would otherwise face a wall of apathy.  On the other hand, Adversarialism begs the question of whether you would risk the lives, through death, of those you have chosen to take on: husband, wife, significant other, children, or parents, for the recognition or attainment of your own ideals?
For myself? No. Never.

Considering the country, circumstances, and ideology of the  member,  I have nothing but respect for his decision to leave.  Under the umbrella of the LHP and well knowing the personal code he abides by, he chose to own-up to the responsibility he had taken on “first”, rather than placing it/them in danger. Fear is a great motivator, of course,  but to him it’s not an internet game or a philosophy to be kicked around.  Leaving the Sect  due to the the demands of the reigning religion and politics of his country does not mean  he is not an adversarial man. Quite the contrary.   Conflict resides not only in the external realm, but that of internal also. Where he’ll go with this, who knows, though I dare say he not done testing the boundaries…..

5 Responses to The Satanic Safety Net

  • So, in reading this, am I supposed to suspend my disbelief that this brilliant man living under persecution didn’t know, or didn’t look for and find, TOR?

    Am I also supposed to not notice that if this were true, he’d be dead right now because “THEY” are certainly reading Sect blog posts and let’s face it, what you say in your last paragraph would be a death sentence. Your second sentence alone would put him in prison for decades.

    “it’s not an internet game or a philosophy to be kicked around.”

    I hope that’s all this is, another chance to for you to shuttle your audience off to a foreign country and shame your audience by comparison based on what you think the foreign culture is like.

    Give me a break, Mistress. I might agree with you some things, but putting it in this most likely and hopefully bs context completely destroys your own point.

    In conclusion: if you have a problem with the activities of the Satanic Temple, it would be a example of being ‘adversarial’ if you wrote about that specifically and directly and made a real valid point about it rather than using misdirection and vague implication.

    You know, like I just did.

    Oh and this, in the context you’ve just used it, is the most pretentious thing I have ever read:

    “Any opponent considered less than worthy would otherwise face a wall of apathy.”

    This is much less pretentious:

    “Any opponent [I consider] less than worthy would otherwise face a wall of apathy.”

    It’s still fairly pretentious, just sayin’

  • Something else I have to say, just because it really bugs me. Reading this, and other things, I get the idea you weren’t born on the wrong side of the tracks, hit rock bottom, or ever had to fight for your survival — be that physical or mental.

    If you had, you’d be able to talk about your own experiences. You’d know that you didn’t have to go to another country to find “a real threat to your person-hood.” But that’s not what the LHP is about anyway, at least not for me. It’s about being your own person, owning yourself. Otherwise it’s “degenerating into a lesser form that assumes entitlement and respect amid pathetic bravado; A battle front waged in little more than the mire of an abandoned (and often internet) sand-box”

    Bonus points: see “projection, ego defense mechanism”

  • You’re all over the map here, Shawn. Let’s untangle a few of your misconceptions.

    SH “Am I also supposed to not notice that if this were true, he’d be dead right now because “THEY” are certainly reading Sect blog posts and let’s face it, what you say in your last paragraph would be a death sentence. Your second sentence alone would put him in prison for decades.”

    Are you sure that I didn’t run this blog by him first, re: permission?
    Are you sure that there was no alteration to the details of the story to protect him?
    Did you miss the part that said there is more than one Sect member living in a Muslim nation?

    SH “..if you have a problem with the Satanic Temple…..”

    The Satanic Temple didn’t come to mind when I wrote the piece.

    SH “…a chance to shuttle your audience to a foreign country…”

    Foreign in meaning “not American”? I’m not American, though I find the freedom and rights, as outlined in the Constitution, outstanding. It’s not something I had ever experienced, but at the same time, abuse of it is prevalent through groups and individuals via mindless and predictable “adversarial” positions. That said, Sect members are all over the world and their personal issues, from time to time, will be addressed. Are you assuming through your statement, that the Sect is confined to American soil?

    SH “Any opponent considered less than worthy would otherwise face a wall of apathy.”
    This is much less pretentious:
    “Any opponent [I consider] less than worthy would otherwise face a wall of apathy.”
    It’s still fairly pretentious, just sayin”

    Did you forget who was writing it while you were reading it? It might be an idea to examine the idea of “pretentious”. Spell check is another one you should consider.

    SH ” I get the idea you weren’t born on the wrong side of the tracks, hit rock bottom, or ever had to fight for your survival — be that physical or mental”

    Wrong, but unlike many, who feel the need to tell the world their hardship, I “use mine” privately for forward momentum and change. If you’re considering a career in profiling, though, it might be best to rethink that decision. The assumptions are cute, none-the-less.


    That you missed the entire point of the blog is glaringly obvious with your prattling about pretension, along with wildly inaccurate assumptions. At the same time you unknowingly validated the point of the post. Well done.

    Regarding Adversarialism and keeping in mind content, my question was: Would you risk the lives of those you loved, through death, for the recognition or attainment of your own ideals?

  • I’m not buyin’ it. You provided no additional infermashun to clarify your point, just more pretensshun.

    Let’s assume that you do, in fact, have a few members from the Middle East, I used to have some good friends from Saudi and Kuwait. Given what we talked about, at least in those two countries, I call bullshit. I’ll call bullshit on several other Middle Eastern countries as well. Egypt, UAE.. actually, I can’t think of any offhand where there would be such a restrictive ‘intelligence agency’ and where someone would also be able to connect to this website in the first place. Maybe Syria. Who knows? Oh wait, there’s all those convenient news stories around this time. I’m especially not buying it now.

    If this were even remotely real, all the ‘intelligence agency’ would have to do is ask themselves, ” Hey, who did we harass recently about the Sect? Oh yeah, I remember that guy! Kill him!”

    If you didn’t want to risk someone’s life, you shouldn’t have posted about it at all.

    You fall in love easy. Just sayin’.

    Thanks for responding.

  • By foreign, I meant some place you would expect your audience to know nothing about.

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