Message from the Clergy

I have encountered questions and misconceptions about Satanic clergy that I feel the need to address. This message is for members of the United Aspects of Satan and the greater Atheistic Satanism community. Thank you for your time and consideration.

The United Aspects of Satan is a religious organization that promotes a particular variation of atheistic Satanism. We use various mythological beings as metaphorical representations of different parts of our religious philosophy and values. These beings, which have been incorporated into the character of Satan as he is generally understood by Western scholars, provide a basis for the ideas that we incorporate into a religious framework. They also embody ideas that go beyond mere atheism and humanism, which helps to answer the often-asked question, “Why do you call yourselves Satanists in the first place?”

The clergy of the United Aspects of Satan help to promote this variation of atheistic Satanism through our philosophical writings and community support. Our reach goes beyond the official members of the United Aspects of Satan and to Satanists who identify with other Satanic organizations, or those who choose to remain independent of organized groups for personal reasons.

We do not, nor have we ever, advocated the idea that our variation of Satanism is the “right” or “only” possible variation. The concept of dictating an “official” version of Satanism within an organization that claims to promote individuality and freedom of thought is laughable, at best. We have no respect for foolishness, so we would not promote such foolish ideas.

The clergy of the UAoS work to facilitate this variation of atheistic Satanism, to answer the questions of those who would like to know more about our philosophy, and to attend to the needs of our members, should they wish to discuss personal problems or need assistance with goals or accountability coaching. This offer extends beyond official membership, however. We offer our support to atheistic Satanists of any stripe who would turn to us for help.

The notion that asking for help is a sign of weakness is incorrect and ultimately self-defeating. Having the insight to recognize one’s shortcomings and to be motivated to do something about them is a sign of intelligence and strength.

As clergy, we do not presume to be all-knowing, but we would like for you to think of us as trusted allies. I know I don’t have the knowledge to address every problem or issue that arises, but I might know how to connect you to the people who do. In that sense, Satanic clergy can act as the social glue that binds together the Leviathan.

One of the most common objections to the idea of Satanic clergy is the idea that we are trying to claim some kind of authority over our members. The best response that I can give to that idea is that one should talk to our members and ask them how much “authority” we presume over their lives. We certainly hope to aid in their personal development–personal development being the basis of Left Hand Path religion–but the goals towards which our members strive are ultimately their own.

Hail Satan!

John Buer

John Buer is the first ordained priest of the United Aspects of Satan and the community organizer for Atheistic Satanists of the Bible Belt.