Remember that while 4 of his victims were men, THREE of those men were Asian. That is not a coincidence.
[Also: I’ve redacted the shooter’s name here. There is research to suggest that the more a shooter’s name and photo are shown, the higher the risk of copycat killers are. So, yeah.]
Sorry to keep reblogging about this but there’s been some A+ commentary, and this is a new angle on the story to me. My first boyfriend was Thai. He was sweet and smart, and it makes me deeply sad to think of him having to live his life wading through this bullshit, or even dying because of it.
This is pretty incredible.
Art as resistance to Christian privilege?
Popular Satanism is just Ayn Rand’s Objectivism.
Which is what almost literally what Anton LaVey and his followers have said:
"Since the Satanist understands that all Gods are fiction, instead of bending a knee in worship to—or seeking friendship or unity with—such mythical entities, he places himself at the center of his own subjective universe as his own highest value." (x)
THIS, on the other hand, is just secular humanism claiming the name of Satan in order to be ironic (?):
"There are seven fundamental tenets.
1. One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.
2. The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
3. One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
4. The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forego your own.
5. Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.
6. People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.
7. 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.” (x)
I try to remain open minded about religions (and usually succeed because they’re so freaking interesting) but, man, LaVey’s bullshit always rubbed me the wrong way. I identified as Pagan at a young age so people would occasionally hassle me about being a Satanist and it made me so. mad. because it was like… the opposite of everything I believe and everything I’d read about Wicca, Hellenic Paganism and pretty every other Neo-Pagan sect. Aaaand now that you say it’s basically a repackaged Randian philosophy that makes so much sense. Epiphany!
I will always love The Fountainhead as a piece of literature though.
This article is pretty interesting, as one would expect/hope from Vice.