I'm Not, But Interested
Satanism has many aspects that appeals to me. It is bold, daring, and self-respecting. It challenges modern religious thinking and morals. It is the advocate for thinking for yourself, lack of stupidity, following your beliefs not with blindness but with research, certainty, and your own thoughts and path, and clear-sighted views on morality. It hedges on self-survivalism and self-responsibility. It is a rebellious sword edged with taunting and mockery towards all who would think to cut the person down or attempt to make them conform. It is the religion that teenagers can hold on to. It is the religion that can evolve with the youth to old age. You decorate your own sword as you grow.
I don't really plan to be a Satanist, but that could change. I have that choice. I'm content for now to be an Atheist, with my own set of rules and beliefs and definitions of morality. I just have an ability to paint what each religion looks like to me and that is how Satanists appear to me. I like that it is mildly ironic, for example, that Satanists actually do not believe in the Christian Devil. I find it interesting when Christians are terrified of Satanists, believing they are out to convert them to the 'Dark Side'. In reality, Satanists' 'Dark Side' is nothing more than need for harmony, respect, vengeance, humanity, and acknowledging human inclinations for what they are rather than rebuking them as sinful.
It irks me when I find writings from people that don't do their research or respect other religions quite enough. You see, to me, there are dark, mean-spirited people in each religion that will take certain aspects of religion and twists them to their use. That's the way it goes, they are everywhere. However, one bad apple spoils the whole bunch for many, and this is often the case for the very feared and misunderstood Satanists. Then, because of this, they are painted as, yes, Satanic; goat masks, dark hood, blood sacrifices, cults. Christians have their own history of cults as much as Satanism does, and yet it is the Satanists that is portrayed the ugliest. I suppose it is to be expected. It just irks me on a higher level than is necessary because it shows me that people would rather be afraid than to learn about their own surroundings, about the people, about diversity; hence, learn the real side to Satanism.
In the end, it's alright. This is an age-old struggle for truth amongst the masses. Old struggle against fear. An old struggle for true self-understanding.