First Stones

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by Jake Block

“So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”
— The Bible, John 8:7
Sorry to go all Biblical on you, but it’s to make a point.  I am sometimes amazed at how quickly we as Satanists can jump from a stance that “there are no laws” to implacable morality and condemnation when someone… anyone… does something that we don’t like.  Our go-to position on the issue of morality is that there is no universal morality, and that a Satanist is not bound by the morality of a culture of a religion.  This would lead those outside the fold to think that we have no morals, and that we live in some “red hour” world where anything goes and we can condone any action by anyone at any time, from murder to child molestation to rape to putting ketchup on a fine steak.  The reality is that when the focus is taken from that 10,000 ft vision of society as a whole to a much more personal microcosmic vision of life as it applies to ourselves and those in our immediate sphere, we have structure and morality on an individual or “consensual core” basis that can be every bit as binding and restrictive as any imposed by cultural or societal tenets.
For example, we tout a Satanic “weltanschuung,” wherein man is simply another animal, “sometimes better, and more often worse that those who walk on all fours.”  In The Satanic Bible, we read the words, “I live as the beasts of the field, rejoicing in the fleshly life.”  We declare that we live and uplift man’s carnal nature.  All well and good, as we take a “whatever floats your boat” stance of sensuality, sexuality and the freedom to live your life as you will, regarding sex, so long as no one is involved that doesn’t wish to be.  Men and women are there for your pleasure… enjoy.   Well… wait a minute.  That’s all well and good until you decide that you want to have sex with MY woman, and whether or not you perceive her as sending out a mating signal to you, you’re crossing MY line in the sand.  Here, personal morality comes into play that coincidentally meshes with cultural morality.  While we might pay lip service to the concept of living without restrictions, when it comes down to personal rights and expectations, we often find ourselves at odds with our own stated philosophy.
I have seen Satanists advocate everything from rape to child molestation as being ok, because nothing is forbidden.  However, when pressed, I have yet to see one Satanist say, “Sure.  Rape my wife.  Molest my kid.  It’s all good.”  They will usually “cop out” with a statement like, “You will have to get past me first.”  This is to say… well, it’s ok for everyone else, but not me and mine.  Personal morals and protection of one’s sphere based on that code that very often coincides with the societal and cultural taboos kicks in.  Most won’t admit it, because to do so would show that one actually does function in a societally acceptable fashion, even when fashionable to dismiss it as antiquated and archaic.  That doesn’t stop us (the editorial us) from loudly condemning those whose lifestyles we find distasteful, all the while standing on that high ground of personal moral conviction.
I’ve considered opening up a shop.  It would be a place with nothing in it but big ass rocks, and I’d call it FIRST STONES.  They would be the perfect size for those who need to cast stones at others they feel superior to.  The prices would be high, because if honesty is an indicator of sales, I have a feeling that those sales would be few and far between.
“So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
After a moment, a woman staggered forth from the crowd, a huge rock held high over her head, grunting from the strain as she ran toward the woman and slammed the rock down on her head, killing her instantly.
And Jesus said, “Mom, you’re really starting to piss me off.”

 

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