I heard someone speaking disparagingly about President Trump, and a question came to mind.
During our last presidential election, how often did you hear anyone ask whether a candidate is a person of good moral character? Someone who is honorable and respectable?
Do you think the candidates we had in America, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, met these criteria? I don’t think it matters.
We as a country don’t focus on selecting leaders with these qualities. I’m not even sure what we focus on, besides whether or not we “like” the candidate in the superficial ways.
Sometimes journalists will interview random people about the presidential candidates. People know who they like but if they’re asked to list the reasons, sometimes they have none!
Some of them literally cannot come up with anything! How do you like (or dislike) Trump or Clinton when you have no idea why?
It’s as if people are just choosing sports teams. I like team Republican or team Democrat so I’m rooting for that team. Go, Trump, boo, Clinton!
Except even in a sports paradigm, we don’t show very good sportsmanship. Look how people talk about the president these days.
It’s way beyond “loyal opposition” criticizing his policies. Maybe people don’t bother to find respectable candidates because they’re not going to respect them anyway?
Compare Times Past
I’ve always enjoyed talking to older relatives. The older, the better. Because they can tell you about their world and make keen observations you don’t often find in books.
They can tell you about the assassination in of President Kennedy in the 1960s, and how the whole country mourned. How it really felt, and not just how it looks on TV. How people accepted Kennedy as their leader collectively, and had some respect for him, for the first family, and for the office of the presidency.
Do we have that now? Did we accept that the American people elected Donald Trump and accept him into their hearts as their leader?
Does that phrase sound strange to you? Accept him into “their hearts?” I don’t hear people saying things like that too much anymore.
Sometime back, I visited Slovenia. When I told some people I’d seen First Lady Melania’s homeland and it was lovely, they glared in disgust. It was as if merely visiting that country scored points for Trump, and they started ranting about our president.
I’m not a fan of Trump and I don’t vote in elections.
But he is our president and Melania is our first lady. How can anyone hate them so much mere mention of the First Lady’s homeland makes them boo, hiss, and rant?
I think this is part of a much bigger problem that goes way beyond elections. What we’re witnessing is a deep spiritual and moral crisis being reflected in politics.
When I was a kid, I remember my parents using phrases like “moral fortitude” and explaining how every person has “inherent worth and dignity.” I know they said things like that because those ideas are relatively difficult to comprehend.
If you tell a kid “that’s a chair” or “that’s a dog,” he or she gets that. We’re extremely good at conceptualizing tangible items, even though we usually take that for granted.
Think about it. Dogs vary a lot in appearance.
Some are small and some are large, some have floppy ears and some have pointy. Some have bob tails and others long.
But if you tell even a small a child what a dog is, he or she will recognize dogs. And surprisingly, not confuse them with cats, even though in many ways cats are similar to dogs.
We can say the same about chairs. There are tons of kinds of chairs. From plastic outdoor dining chairs to cushy reclining lazy boys and kids recognize all of them all as chairs.
Awesome. Abstract ideas are a lot trickier. Even adults sometimes have a hard time agreeing on what words like “fascism” mean.
So it wasn’t easy for me to understand a lot of things my parents said, and yet some of those words and phrases stucks with me and gained deep meaning as I matured. I know what it means now when we talk about the “inherent worth and dignity of every person” and why it’s a really important concept.
I was listening to an old Bob Larson interview with Zeena and Nickolas Schreck. Zeena is the daughter of the late Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan. I was fascinated.
If had to summarize what Satanism, I’d say it’s the lionizing of psychopathy. That’s it in a nutshell.
People argue sometimes about whether or not Satanists literally believe in Satan as a created being. Many Satanists insist they’re atheists and Satan is just a metaphor for rebellion. For my purposes, it really doesn’t matter–the analysis is the same either way.
I don’t know if the Schrecks believe in a literal Satan, but I do appreciate their candor. Especially in the case of Nickolas.
Nickolas said that Satanists want to unleash the beast in man. To free us from the moral constraints imposed by Christianity. He said that politics is theater but what really matters is popular culture.
I’m paraphrasing here, but you can see for yourself exactly what he said by watching the video at the end of this post.
Shreck said they could reach young people through music because that’s what speaks to them. And they are doing that, he said, and have been for some time now.
Of course, many people deny what the Satanists are doing, even when it comes straight from their own mouths.
When Christians try to expose the Satanic agenda in popular culture, many people scoff and ridicule them. Yet if you’re paying attention, you can actually see exactly what they’re talking about!
I agree wholeheartedly with whoever said the greatest trick Satan ever played is convincing people he doesn’t exist. Or that his minions don’t exist because they are the ones acting in the world, manifesting his agenda, whether people believe it or not.
Anyway, Larson was asking Zeena and Nickolas about helping the poor and the weak and they said they have no interest in that. It wasn’t there fault these people were poor or weak, so why should they sacrifice anything for them?
Inherent Worth and Dignity
I work near a place that helps people with various disabilities. When I’m walking by, I often see them out and think, “wow that would be hard, working with those people.”
Some of the people are deaf or blind but otherwise are okay. Others have severe developmental disabilities, often coupled with physical disabilities.
You will see someone in a wheelchair, blank through the eyes, tongue perhaps sticking out, and he or she may be making animal-like noises. Sometimes they really give the attendants a hard time too, and I think, “bless you for helping these people.”
I’m no saint. I’m not devoting my days to helping these people. Not for pay and certainly not for free. How am I really different from Zeena and Nickolas?
Remember that phrase about the “inherent worth and dignity of every person”? I see the value in helping these people because they are fellow human beings, and I don’t need any more reason than that.
I’m happy to subsidize their care through my taxes and sometimes support their events. I definitely respect and admire those who work with them, and deeply appreciate their efforts.
Every person means every person. We recognize the inherent worth and dignity of a person who is homeless or a drug addict or sitting in a prison cell. Everyone who has a disability, no matter how severe, or who is old or young or of any race, creed, or color.
That’s a really important idea. An idea that shapes the character of a person and a society, and one I fear is eroding in our society.
Zeena and Nikolas
One of the reasons we see this erosion, I believe, is that the Satanists are succeeding in uprooting Christian morality. I can’t understand why anyone would want to “unleash the beast” in people, but that is what Schreck said the Satanists aim to do.
Who wants to live among beast-like humans, who are actually worse than beasts? Because they are more clever and can use their malice aforethought to do really awful things. They might do some of those awful things to you, Zeena and Schreck!
I do believe most people are hardwired to be moral. That’s a gift God gives to each of us as a birthright. When a person is either born or socialized so that they don’t express any moral understanding, we identify them as a psychopath or sociopath.
Usually, the idea I’ve heard is that a true psychopath is born and a sociopath is made. I think a person’s moral makeup is a mix of both “nature and nurture,” but whatever the origins, in the past people used to use the term “moral imbeciles” to describe psychopaths.
The interesting thing about most psychopaths is that they think they’re just fine. They don’t even have the moral understanding to evaluate their moral state and realize it’s lacking!
Whatever someone’s hardwired moral makeup is, we can and should build upon that, and that’s where religion comes in. That seems so obvious to me, and yet I don’t know how many people in America agree anymore.
My parents were nominal Christians, and they didn’t talk so much about religion once I was an adult. But when I was a kid, they thought it was important to teach me Christin morals and I think they were right.
My parents read to me often out of an illustrated children’s Bible. The stories were sanitized and simplified so that I could easily absorb the moral messages.
During my childhood, my parents (and sometimes my uncle) took me to church. The older I got, the less I wanted to go to church, though as a small child, I loved it.
I had Sunday school, summer church camp, and Bible Study over the years. Though I did start to question Christianity even as a child, and by the time I reached college, I had abandoned the faith in favor of agnosticism.
I myself had begun to wonder about the need for religion. It was only much later after I converted to Islam, that realized we do need religion. Yes, religion! Not just generic moral teachings.
In Islam, we have the same basic moral ideas as Christianity, though we use different language. Still, the language of Christianity resonates with me and probably always will because of that early exposure.
Getting back to the people who are severely disabled, our pastor would have said in church that they are children of God, created in His image and beloved to Him. He would have reminded us that Jesus said the way we treat the least among us is the way that we treat him.
So we would never say that these people should be abandoned or that they aren’t “our problem.” That’s not a Christian idea.
There are people who are so calloused today that I’ve heard them literally say we should get rid of people who are “not productive.” What does that even mean?
This is why I often see a relationship between secularism and Satanism. Because in a purely secular model, the almighty dollar tends to replace the Almighty God. Greed becomes the operating principle and highest (im)moral value.
Think about this for yourself. How do we evaluate other people and even whole countries? By how productive and rich they are. I don’t think I need to expand on this too much. Just watch with this in mind and see for yourself.
In a society where greed is the highest principle, people are “not productive” are useless eaters. That’s stark terminology and people don’t often say such things, but we as a society increasingly behave that way.
Our leaders cater to wealthy elites and bomb other countries with impunity, for causes that trace back to greed and the lust for power.
You can’t find an exception. Bush or Clinton, Obama or Trump. They all do it. And why not? As I said at the beginning, who is even evaluating them based on moral character?
I like the term “moral calculus” because it’s something we do all the time whether we realize it or not. And the moral calculus our society promotes today is cold and hard, largely devoid of anything truly “moral.”
Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of videos by Mark Passio, who’s a former Satanist. He was not a mere rank and file practitioner, but a priest in the Church of Satan for many years.
I don’t agree with Passio on some things, but I still think what he has to say is really valuable and illuminating. He says that Satanism has four basic tenets
(2) Moral relativism
(3) Social Darwinism
To be clear, self-preservation is a good and necessary thing in due measure. But with Satanists, the idea is I get mine, and who cares about everyone else.
Going back to the interviews (I’ve watched more than one) with Schreck and Zeena, I see all four tenets in play.
Oddly enough, I’m a grudging fan of Nickolas Schreck simply because he’s forthright and unapologetic. I can respect that, even though I dislike and disagree with most of his ideas.
He and Zeena were saying that no one can decide what’s moral.
Is a lion who eats its prey “immoral”? In nature, when a beehive is facing lean times, some of the bees pick up drones and just dump them out. Is that “immoral?”
Who decides what’s moral and what isn’t, they asked? In both Satanism and secularism, you do. And I do because it’s up to each individual.
Contrast that with religion, which says that God decides. And that we are not animals who lack our level of consciousness and free will, so we should not behave like them.
Which ideas do you think dominate our society today?
How often do you hear people talk about human dignity? Look around and ask yourself if words like respect, honor, and good moral character apply to most of what you see in popular culture.
What I see is the first three tenets of Satanism in play, all around, every day.
Few people are going to come right out and endorse eugenics–to suggest they should determine who lives or dies. But if you accept that first three ideas, the fourth logically follows.
The Subtle Deceiver
My point is that you don’t have to watch “satanic panic” videos or even believe Satan exists to see America is in a deep moral and spiritual crisis.
To see that Christianity, the religion that used to practically define Europeans, is now relentlessly mocked, ridiculed, and shoved off of the public stage.
Why can’t we just teach secular morals? People think we can, but do you see that actually happening?
Today in my city, who do you think voluntarily takes care of the poor? We have a food pantry and a free clinic, as well as free English courses for immigrants, and all of them are run by churches!
If you go into the bigger nearby city, you will find that the same thing, only in addition to the Christians, you will see Jews and Muslims providing similar services–and no one else! Why is that?
Given that’s the reality of the situation today, why do so many people seem to think religion is a useless relic that’s holding us back?
Satanism and Christianity are both operatives, with Satanism steadily gaining ground. Do you really think that’s going to make things better? I certainly don’t!
Reflections in Media
If you mention morality, a lot of people will think of sex. Of accepting promiscuity and homosexuality and whatever else is “between consenting adults.” Because since the sexual revolution, unmooring us from sexual morals imposed by Christianity has been a focal point of the secularists and Satanists.
But morality is much more than that. Once you remove the tether, everything goes.
Someone not too long ago sent me a clip from the popular show Desperate Housewives where for whatever reason, a woman’s husband is temporarily (I assume) blind. Instead of taking care of him, she is doing things like opening the oven door in front of him so he trips, and this is supposed to be funny. People were laughing, and I was thinking how evil, sick and disgusting this behavior was.
My mom (strangely) was watching Tosh 2.0 or some such thing and in passing, I saw a man sustain a horrible injury where his leg bones were sticking out from his flesh. The audience was laughing as if this horrific injury is incredibly funny. I asked her to turn it off! What is wrong with people?
I watched a movie about drug-addled grifters who squat in people’s empty houses. Not only did they break in and take whatever they wanted while people were out on vacation, they needlessly wrecked the place before leaving. Shattering the windows with golf clubs and trashing people’s cars.
Many movies today have revenge themes, which is something young people actually pointed out to me themselves. In one movie, a man taking revenge on another severed his spine and taunted him before killing him by exploding his head!
How many shows now are about magic, witchcraft, and the devil? If we supposedly don’t believe these things even exist, why do they appear constantly?
Christians in The Mist
My efforts to find decent movies are often thwarted by innocuous descriptions. One day I decided to watch a movie about space bugs. How immoral can such a movie be? It’s a neutral theme…or not!
The movie takes place in a grocery store, where customers were when the space bugs began their attack. One of the customers is a Christian who proposes a biblical explanation for the strange occurrences.
Most of the people in the film are extremely hostile to the Christian woman. They glare at her and insult her, and at one point, an old woman throws a can of beans at her head! And everyone responds approvingly.
As the movie progresses, the Christian gains a small cult-like following but also gets more and more extreme and wonky until finally, the other customers shoot her!
Is that the proper way to disagree with people? To glare and jeer and throw canned vegetables at their heads? I guess so because that’s the message.
And we see it playing out in real life.
Do you remember when one of the Antifa punched a Nazi in the face and many people cheered? Sure we dislike Nazis, but the difference between us and them is moral principles, right? Or maybe not.
The Beast Unleashed
It’s nearly impossible for me to watch anything that doesn’t contain the same kinds of themes. Be self-indulgent, cruel, and vengeful. Take what you want. Be promiscuous and use drugs. Religion is stupid and you are your own “god” so there’s no need to respect Him (if they acknowledge He exists at all).
If you think about how things are, then it isn’t at all surprising that being a person of good moral character is not a pre-requisite to leading America.
American is not a country of good moral character. If you think it is, feel free to make your argument in comments. I look forward to what you might say.
You may not agree with me that Satanists are making a concerted effort to “unleash the beast in man.” But Mark Passio said when he left Satanism and told the other Satanists he was going to expose them, they said go right ahead!
They said the people would not believe Mark and in fact, if the Satanists themselves told us of their agenda, even they couldn’t get us to believe. I believe they’re right. All but a few deny their presence, and that makes spiritual warfare an uphill battle.
But you don’t have to be religious to see some of this for yourself. And really I think there is a broader point we can make, quite aside from religion, about consciousness.
How conscious are you of the things I’ve mentioned? How much thought does the average person really give to what’s going on all around? To what themes are being planted in our minds through popular culture, day in and day out?
I think religion is an excellent guide for people but even without it, consciousness can take you a long way. Which is precisely why those in power dim your consciousness all the time, and you probably don’t even notice.
I’m a Muslim and I think it would benefit everyone to learn and accept Islam. I think by doing so, people would gain a greater appreciation for the Christian religion they’ve mostly left behind.
But I also realize that a lot of people would never even consider learning about Islam, never mind converting. So I have some less ambitious goals as well.
I would like for people to raise their consciousness. To look up from their smartphones, take notice of what’s happening, and weigh it all in your hearts and minds.
Realize first and foremost how zombie-like many of us are these days. Stumbling through life, letting other people organize society and propagate their values (or lack thereof).
Imagine if I suggested you should not drive your own car. Instead, you should start the car, get in the passenger’s seat, close your eyes, and let whoever gets in the driver’s seat drive you around.
What a crazy idea, right? And yet how different is that from what people do with their consciousness?
If you’re thinking today about Kim Kardashian or think smashing “terrorists” in Afghanistan is a top priority, who put that in your head? Who’s setting your values and priorities?
Do you believe in the inherent dignity and worth of every person? Why or why not?
Should America care if the person they elect as president is a person of good moral character? Once elected, does he or she deserve some modicum of respect from the people?
I think people should think about these things. A lot more than they apparently are.
Because if people were really thinking things over, I don’t think our “popular culture” would be popular for very long.
Church of Satan – Bob Larson Interviews Zeena Lavey And Nikolas Schreck