Adam Campbell of the 9sense podcast interviews High Priest of the Church of Satan Peter H. Gilmore.
Walpurgisnacht XLVII A.S. – Adam conducts a candid, personal conversation with Magus Gilmore about himself, the early days of the Church of Satan, and the future… Ending with a huge announcement for Las Escrituras Satanicas, the Spanish language edition of Gilmore’s 2007 book The Satanic Scriptures.
My “visial editor” and media upload functionality on my blog was down, stopping me from easily making new posts here for a bit. I installed a wordpress plugin “Use Google Libraries” and it seems to now function. I can assume causation, but I don’t really know.
Hey, I haven’t blogged here in a month! Really, traffic here is slow and I get so much more feedback/response on Facebook. I’m not so keen on the idea, but it’s slog around here relatively alone or focus on where the action is. Part of the reason is also that I’ve been engaged with freelance and Underworld Amusements work, so there hasn’t been much “personal” to post.
Anyway, instead of creating a new blog here for episode #2 (when I have done that at the UA site), I figured I’d just tack the new video on here and write this preface.
I hope to do this once a month. I believe that one of the reasons I have had trouble building a larger audience with the podcast is that it just wasn’t consistent enough. That’s how it is with most of what I do. I just don’t conform well to a set schedule. BUT, I’m going to give it a swing and we’ll see if I can do a short every month without wearing out my welcome. I’ll be posting future episodes over at the Underworld Amusement sites, but wanted to repost here to help get the word out.
Thanks for those who’ve shared and “liked” it so far. More and better to come…
I’m on two shows running on RFS at once! Tired of hearing my voice yet? VASCA Radio has just released a new episode featuring an interview I did with the two hosts. We had a hell of a time with technical problems, and this was basically the third attempt, but I think it was the best of the three and worked out for the best. I haven’t listened to how it was edited down yet, but I know we spoke for quite a while.
VASCA Radio is hosted by Citizen Prometheus and Warlock Tier Instinct. VASCA Radio features the artistic endeavors ofthe hosts and welcome guests that use the VASCA in their platforms.VASCA Radio features pranks, practical jokes, current events, music, and brief one on one commentary with guests and friends of the hosts. You are listening to VASCA Radio!
Week of December 26, 2011 | Episode 13
End of the year episode. Prometheus employs the V.A.S.C.A. and targets product starved holiday shoppers who hide behind the veil of religious holiday during the current events segment. VASCA Radio proudly welcomes, Reverend Kevin I. Slaughter. We discuss his current lectures and seek out his opinions on various topics. Musical guest and V.A.S.C.A. Agent combined; making his second appearance on VASCA Radio is, Citizen Slesk. He has a secret to share regarding sermo iii and he does just that during the interview. We play his sermo iii track, Shining Trapezohedron. Pranks, movie review and track selections from your hosts personal material all await inside this full episode that is a download must.
If you use YouTube, subscribe to the new “StayDownHere” channel by Underworld Amusements. Even if you know you’ll see the videos posted elsewhere, your subscription ON YouTube helps them recommend the channel to others. Here’s the description I’ve written up to let you know what it’s all about:
This is a channel to post more casual and behind-the-scenes videos from Underworld Amusements.
The Underworld Amusements channel will feature “finished” and featured promotional videos, whereas “Stay Down Here” will feature some vlogging and pieces that don’t have the polish or importance for the other channel.
We will also shoot some behind-the-scenes clips to show how out production is going on various projects.
The name “Stay Down Here” comes from the Irving Berlin song where Satan tells his son to stay in Hell, rather than go up to the Earth’s surface, because humans are so dumb and violent.
I know the channel is looking awful empty now, but that will be changing soon enough!
If you’ve ever been curious how many (or few) people have listened to episodes of the Variety Hour podcast, I’ve pasted the numbers here. I don’t know how this compares to other podcasts, but considering the few billion people on the planet, I’d say it’s rather low.
This is part of my trying to figure out if it’s “worth it”. I’ve written a long blog on YouTube, but it remains unpublished.
I’m pleased to release the video of a lecture given on March 1st of this year when I was invited to speak on the topic of Satanism for a class at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Filmed in HD and edited to include quite a few graphics not presented in the original lecture, I’m pleased with the outcome and hope that for those already familiar with Satanism there is enough to still keep you interested and possibly entertained.
Embedded below is a playlist of all 9 videos, to play without interruption.
Below are two parts of the Q&A session that followed:
If you enjoyed the lecture and would like to make a voluntary monetary donation, please do so below:
Satanism as Weltanschauung
Ch. 1 “Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself…”
Rev. Kevin I. Slaughter introduces himself and gives a short biographical background to establish his long-held interest in Satanism explicitly, but also the occult or hidden aspects of culture.
Ch. 2 “A Brief Overview of Satanism”
Rev. Slaughter gives a very brief overview of Satanism, what a Satanist is, and how it is viewed by society.
Ch. 3 “The Satanic Bible”
Rev. Slaughter discusses the first High Priest of the Church of Satanâ€™s book â€œThe Satanic Bibleâ€. He reads â€œThe Nine Satanic Statementsâ€ and other pertinent selections from it.
Ch. 4 “The Satanic Scriptures”
Rev. Slaughter discusses the current High Priest of the Church of Satanâ€™s book â€œThe Satanic Scripturesâ€. He reads pertinent selections from it.
The natural world is stratified, the weak, slow and stupid tend to be worse for wear. The smart, quick and strong tend to have a better time of it. In the animal kingdom, the world that we exist in, it is eat or be eaten.
Satanism takes few overtly political positions, and there is absolutely no affiliation between the Church any political party. The Satanic philosophy positions itself as a third side, rejecting the simplistic dichotomies of good vs. evil, republican vs. democrat, liberal and conservative. The one position most clearly associated with politics is Lex Talionis.
Ch. 7 “Magic”
Magic, in the Satanic sense, is not about shooting fireballs or riding on broomsticks, we do not have â€œspellsâ€ that guarantee sex or death – the two things people always seem to want a spell for. When the Satanist performs greater magic, it is an emotional psychodrama, intended to charge the participant with a specific feeling or to put him in a specific emotional state. Itâ€™s made clear in the writings that Greater Magic is an emotional working as opposed to intellectual. Like the power of a masterfully written book or piece of music has, this productive fiction is useful and possibly necessary to the human animal.
Ch. 8 “A Few Unkind Words…”
In this part of the lecture Kevin discusses Christian Child Abuse, a blog that collects stories about pedophile priests. He discusses religiously motivated atrocities committed by Islam and Judaism in the name of their religion and accepted by their communities.
Satanism isn’t merely a reactionary stance, it is about knowing ones self and building real relationships with worthy people. Rev. Slaughter recites a poem titled “Love” that was written by freethinker Robert Greene Ingersoll, to illustrate this and other points in the Satanic worldview.
Excerpt from Jungle Justice by Jim Tully. To be included in the first published collection (heretofore untitled) of short stories and essays by Jim Tully, released by Underworld Amusements early 2011. The scene is a hobo camp, or “jungle”, and the ‘bos have seized a railroad security guard (known as a “bull”) to try him by kangaroo court and execute him. One of the gathered gives a prayer:
“It is a beautiful night, Lord, upon which to die. The stars and the moon and the beautiful river shall sing his threnody. And Lord, if one of us should be shuffled off the gallows to dance with broken arches before Thy throne, it would not be amid such beauty. Rather would the knot be tied behind our left ears, Lord, and as we fell through the trap, dear Lord, the knot would jerk our heads forward and break our immortal necks, dear Lord. We would hang like a cracked scarecrow, All-merciful Lord, while a doctor listened to our hearts pounding their way on the road to Your blessed arms, dear Lord.
“But, Blessed Lord, we are not as those men who do such deeds. We profess no creed, dear Lord. We are but humble servants in Thy name. Ours is a gentler method, Lord. It comes suddenly, Lord. The soul of the departed flies suddenly before You from a hole which a bullet makes. It is more lenient, Lord. There is dignity in death by a bullet. . .”
“Shut up!” snapped Dugan. “Do you think you’re the only one He’s got to listen to?”
Frisco Eddie resumed: “For they who taketh up the Smith and Wesson must die by a Colt, for so it is written, ever and anon, before dinner and after, from now on, Amen.”
The following was a talk prepared for Skepticamp DC, October 3rd, 2010. I made a few on the spot changes, but the talk presented was largely true to the following text.
This was my first time speaking with aÂ PowerPointÂ presentation, and I couldn’t stand the limitations in the program or my ability to use it to get the effect I wanted, so I designed everything in Adobe InDesign and then imported them all as flat .jpg images.
I was holding out to publish this until I had audio from the event (why I decided not record it myself is a mystery), but I can always post that later anyway.
Thanks to JD for posting the video online and adding (most) of the slides!
Satan as Rebel Hero:
Henry M. Tichenor and the Radical Anti-Religious
My name is Kevin I. Slaughter. Iâ€™m the publisher of a book just released on the 122nd Anniversary of the publication of Nietzscheâ€™s â€œThe Anti-Christâ€, and what is referred to as International Blasphemy Rights Day, September 30th.. This is the day the cartoons of Mohammad were published in a Dutch newspaper, triggering a wave of violence and mayhem by Muslims who have found their most precious beliefs rocked by… editorial cartoons. The book is titled The Sorceries and Scandals of Satan, and the author was Henry M. Tichenor. â†»
I caution you now, if youâ€™re offended by strong words, take an early break. We will be pushing our time limit here and ask that you reserve any questions or comments for the end. If you have a question that isnâ€™t answered, please feel free to approach either of us during the break.
Now, I would like to present the author of the forward to â€œThe Sorceries and Scandals of Satanâ€, Robert Merciless, to discuss this unique book and itâ€™s forgotten author.â†»
Pt.1 – Henry M. Tichenor: Progressive Era Skeptic and Muckracker
(ROBERT MERCILESS SPEAKS, HIS TALK HAS NOT BEEN TRANSCRIBED)
Pt.2 – A Brief History of Blasphemers
What short memories we humans have, our collective view of the world likes to create visions of the past free from harm or hate, except when explicitly advantageous. Because of this, our newspapers, blogs and television news report stories as if America is a tabula rasa, swept clean every night, to be shocked anew every evening by the days events. When people bemoan the brusqueness of the â€œNew Atheistsâ€, they do so out of some seemingly willfull ignorance of the Old Atheists – and Iâ€™m not talking about James Randi, though he is pretty old.
I hope, in this short time to provide a sort of intellectual and poetic framework for understanding that Tichenor and his book are not an anomaly of the early 20th century, but part of a larger current of Western radical philosophers and muckrackers who openly took the fight to Christianity and the superstitions of the day.
Evolution may or may not have planted the seed of faith – or believing in something even contrary to evidence otherwise, but the here is the story of our most obvious target, one youâ€™re probably familiar with, Iâ€™m sure, so I wonâ€™t belabor the obvious too much. â†»
â€œIn the beginning, there was…â€
…well, Iâ€™m not sure, and nobody really knows, but everyone has always wanted to know, because thatâ€™s a frustrating predicament, and our minds like answers over unknowns, folks decided to make a story up. Itâ€™s been done thousands of times, but only occasionally does the story stick, or the people prosper enough. The short and simple explanation was that there was an invisible thing, awesome in power and timeless. Why are we here? â†»
â€œHe did itâ€.
Because it was people, who made this creation story up, they needed to add to the story how, after everything else, the invisible all powerful uncreated creator then finished the job by making people. In the Judeo-Christian version of the story, the one weâ€™re dealing with here, there were two perfect people.
Now, everything was perfect, just as long as those two folks stayed dumb. They had but one rule to follow – donâ€™t eat the magic fruit.
That magic fruit was from the tree of knowledge – one bite and youâ€™d no longer be the pollyannas and milksops that the all-powerful wanted to perform as sexless and stupid pets in his garden of perfection.
No, the two listened instead to the talking snake, and the talking snake said this: â†»
â€œFor God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.â€
Now this story, as accurate to reality and history as a Garfield strip in the Sunday paper, has permeated Western Civilization for thousands of years- much of it at the end of a sword, or threat of the fire – a central story coming from the religion of Jews to the splinter-sects that cover the globe. From the Mohammedians of the middle east and Africa to Mormons of the middle US, Adam and Eve have varying importance, but are always present.
And of course, they bite, and of course, the invisible baby in the sky threw a tantrum, because man has strayed from his law, his vision of paradise made real…
In short, the philosophy espoused by the invisible god-baby in his official handbook is as follows – and I’m paraphrasing this a bit: â†»
â€œThe natural world is wicked, the flesh is evil, thinking is really bad..â€
But this story from the official handbook is old and has been told time and again, and has been changed and misrepresented, and misunderstood. But that it is only a story, and a fantastic one at that, has not stopped those millions and now billions of one-book lovers from using it as an excuse to do what comes naturally to all animals without excuse – to prey upon their fellow man, to help their own above others – and often at the expense of others – all the while congratulating themselves as being righteous and self-less, on the path of goodness and love.
Now this philosophy, to any eyes not distorted by the contradictory clap-trap espoused by the invisible oneâ€™s book, is absurd and often gastly. Some of them have had such a strong response theyâ€™ve decided that not only are they appalled by such human-hating philosophy, but they are angered. In the pious posturing of the religious potentates, they express scorn and ridicule. In the laws put into the mouth of the all powerful invisible monster, they have proudly snarled: â†»
â€œI question all things. As I stand before the festering and varnished facades of your haughtiest moral dogmas, I write thereon in letters of blazing scorn: Lo and behold; all this is fraud!â€
Weâ€™re talking about skepticism born of resentment, a feeling that a confidence game has been perpetrated on humanity, and the skeptic and those he loves have been taken for more than just money – theyâ€™ve been taken for their dignity and the very urges that make them human animals.
These are skeptics that not only take a step back to inspect – coldy, sternly, objectively, – but to accuse – boldly, mockingly, and with derision reserved for all those things that are thoroughly hateful to the world and the ego.â†»
They are Satan.
They will not wait idly because theyâ€™ve been offered some sham paradise once theyâ€™ve died, but will reside in the world, eyes open, in search of knowledge. They have seen Satan not as some pure evil as the followers of Christ would paint him, but as something more dashing, challenging, and often… dare I say, romantic. â†»
Certainly, kind hearted humanists and literalistic secularists will bristle at using this mythological figure to oppose another mythological figure, however symbolic it might be used- but for me, for some of histories most creative and challenging artists and thinkers, and certainly for the author of the book that my partner will elucidate on, it is a poetic tribute to the individual, the rebel, the world as it is, man as an animal — life as finite, fallible and real. â†»
These are men who have bitten the fruit, symbolically, they have opened their eyes intellectually, and they have set about learning what god knows, and that is the secrets of the world and life itself.
In 1676, in Surrey, Enlgland yeoman John Taylor offended the ears of the ruling class by speaking aloud the following words in a fit of hedonistic rebellion: â†»
â€œChrist is a whore-master, and religion is a cheat, and profession is a cloak, and they are both cheats, and all the earth is mine, and I am a kingâ€™s son, my father sent me hither, and made me a fisherman to take vipers and I neither fear God, devil, nor man, and I am a younger brother to Christ, an angel of God and no man fears God but an hypocrite, Christ is a bastard, God damn and confound all your Gods, Christ is the whoreâ€™s master.â€
These blasphemies were punished by a mere hour in the pillory, and Leonard Levy claims that the townsfolk afterword carried Mr. Taylor on their shoulders to the local tavern to celebrate. However joyous the immediate celebrations may have been, the case, known as Rex v. Taylor, have had long reaching implications. Lord Chief Justice Haleâ€™s brief opinion on the case was reported secondhand, but it reads: â†»
â€œ…such kind of wicked blasphemous words were not only an offence to God and religion, but a crime against the laws, State and Government, and therefore punishable in this court. For, to say religion is a cheat, is to dissolve all those obligations whereby the civil societies are preserved, and that Christianity is parcel of the laws of England; and therefore to reproach the Christian religion is to speak in subversion of the law.â€
These words by Hale have served as the foundation for dragging blasphemers into court in England and later the United States. Even today, that the phrase â€œChristianity is parcel of the laws of Englandâ€ has given the Religious Right precedent to claim, however wrongly, that the Bible is the source of our common law here in the United States.
Most of the morality tales weâ€™ve been told have been tales woven by the advocates of the invisible one in the sky though, stories to scare the children and the elderly. â†»
â€œAn apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.â€
Samuel Butler wasnâ€™t the first to note that it is mainly the Christians who have written slanderous stories of Satan, and wondered who has told the other side of the story. But it was also Twain, in his â€œLetters From the Earthâ€, who puts the following words into the mouth of Olâ€™ Scratch himself: â†»
â€œ(The Bible) is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.â€
By aligning oneself with the rebel hero, it is a rebuke to those mired in a childish dualism, of good vs. evil, a morality bereft of subtlety or circumstance. If we are to build a philosophy in the devils spirit, would not the enemy of dualism advocate non-dualistic thinking? It isnâ€™t those who are ignorant of a God that demand this dualism, it is the proponents of God: â†»
â€œFor the doers of sin there is another leader; they choose another patron and pattern : â€˜He that commits sin is of the Devil.â€™ …Sin is Satan’s domain, his sphere, his work ; and every sinner is his ally and instrument. The committer of sin makes himself of the Devil’s partyâ€
If the Bible is the document of Godâ€™s will, it is the job of any reasonable and sane man to reject not only him, but this disjointed book. It is the joy of an even fewer number of men that they do so by picking the other team, at least symbolically.
We can find New York journalist and author, Benjamin De Casseres, in the very same year of 1904 writing in The Metropolitan an essay on cynicism in the theater titled â€œThe Dramatic Devilâ€™s Advocateâ€. In it he opines on one of the supposed mortal sins: â†»
â€œEnvy is not moral, but it’s right. The difference between moral and right is the difference between doing what you ought to do and what you want to do. Morality was invented in deference to the policeman. Right is might and springs from nature. Morality is polite. Right is brusque. Morality says by “your leave.” Right says “Up and at you.” A mere difference in breeding. One is urban; the other is not even urbane. Well, envy is right. It gives us pleasure; it is stimulating. It promotes health and induces pleasant dreams. The beggar envies the king, and the king envies the beggar. The wise man envies the fool, and the fool envies the wise man. Envy is the basis of that divine discontent praised by the delegate who walks. Envy is ennui on a strike. To pine for what your neighbor has got shows taste. If his wife is beautiful, it would show a total lack of aesthetic appreciation did we not pine for her. Envy is the sincerest flattery.â€
DeCasseres came out swinging even harder 24 years later in the literary journal The American Mercury with a piece entitled â€œHymn to Satanâ€: â†»
â€œThe grandeur of America today is satanic, materialistic, irreligious, unethical… The settlement of America was the birth of a New Reality. It began the dethronement of the mystical God and the rejuvination of the Prince of This World — prince of this world not in the Old World theological sense, but as the spirit of the Will to Material Power.â€
As proof of this idea of America as a new Satanic empire, he states: â†»
â€œRead the preamble. There is not an ounce of imagination, religion, metaphysics or poetry in it… the Constitution came into this world like a prolonged cynicism in the mouth of an atheistic lawyer… The Constitution is the cold sun of Reason.â€
The publisher and editor of that magazine, HL Mencken deserves to be mentioned as well. In his memoirs from his youth he posited the following: â†»
â€œI made up my mind at once that my true and natural allegiance was to the Devilâ€™s party, and it has been my firm belief ever since that all persons who devote themselves to forcing virtue on their fellow men deserve nothing better than kicks in the pants.â€
Eventually our journey from the rabble-rousing blasphemer in the 17th century, through novelists and journalists in the 19th and early 20th centuries – entirely skipping the decadent poets and erotic writers, Carducci, Voltaire, Byron, DeSade – bringing us to 1966, when a man took this idea of the earthy and rebellious Satan to another level.
Anton Szandor LaVey shaved his head and founded a religion in the spirit of Twainâ€™s Satan, Tichenorâ€™s Satan, Menckenâ€™s Satan. He founded, of course, the Church of Satan, an anti-religious religion, an anti-church church. Instead of a revelatory text of divine inspiration, two years later he published a collection of writings that celebrated the ego, the flesh and pursuit of knowledge. He promoted the occult in the true sense of the word- the things that are hidden by the platitudes of the politicians, the hypocritical piety of the Christians and social uplifters, and the shallow respectability sought by any means necessary by the booboisie. Those who, in Menckenâ€™s words, devote themselves to forcing virtue on their fellow men.
It was bombastic, sarcastic, and spoke of a hard-nosed philosophy of pragmatism and Epicurean delight mingled with a carnival barkers knack for the dramatic.
He couldnâ€™t have expressed it more clearly in his Satanic Bible: â†»
â€œAll religions of a spiritual nature are inventions of man. He has created an entire system of gods with nothing more than his carnal brain.â€
LaVeyâ€™s successor, Peter H. Gilmore, has been just as, if not more more explicit and outspoken in his own collection of essays, titled The Satanic Scriptures. A book I was also proud to design and publish in 2007.
Five years after the media frenzy surrounding the founding of an organization dedicated in name to the Lord of this Earth, another figure among the counterculture penned a guidebook for political activists. Saul D. Alinsky released â€œRules for Radicalsâ€, subtitled â€œA Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicalsâ€.
Following the dedication page are three quotes, the first by the super-Jew Rabbi Hillel, the second from our Godless founding father Thomas Paine, advocate of reason, and the third was penned by the author himself: â†»
â€œLest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins â€” or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom â€” Lucifer.”
Olâ€™ Saul has seen quite a resurgence in popularity in the past few years, being linked to the rise of our current President, and the Religious Right has been absolutely delighted to find this homage to the dark one, so they can predictably use it to scare the pious Christians into believing Barack Obama is in league with the Devil… you know, when heâ€™s not bowing to Mecca five times a day.
But lest you think that only poets, novelists, journalists, political activists and cynical outsiders tend to tip the hat to the Dark Oneâ€™s rule of this world, you may be familiar with the quote from Charles Darwin: â†»
“What a book a devil’s chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering low and horridly cruel works of nature!”
And this, at least from the big picture view, is the advocacy of a genuine Satanic worldview. In a nutshell, there is no god who loves you and looks out for your best interest. There is no heaven or hell waiting for you when you die. The earth doesnâ€™t love you nor does it need your love. At the end of the day, we are left with the greatest offense that one can give to the invisible monster baby…
… that we humans must love ourselves, and when we look outside of ourselves, it is into the eyes of another animal, and not bent over gazing at the feet of wooden idols. â†»
Henry M. TichenorÂ was a writer and magazine editor prominent in the socialist and freethinking movements during theÂ Progressive Era of American history. His writings frequently condemned organized religion, Christianity in particular, as a tool used by the upper classes to maintain control over the working class. In the realm of opposition to religion, he has been ranked besideÂ Clarence Darrow andÂ Madalyn Murray Oâ€™Hair as a leading American freethinker of the twentieth century.
In “The Sorceries and Scandals of Satan”, Tichenor employs the figure of Satan as a literary symbolic character to represent rebellion against tyranny — a symbolism with a robust tradition in literature and political works.Â In his book, the character symbol of Satan is employed as a foil against which to compare the horrors of organized religion, especially Christianity. Â More importantly, however, Tichenor reminds us all that there was a time in American history that open skepticism and opposition to religion was a major facet of social political discourse so Americans certainly should not shy away from it today. Vocal opposition to religion is not novel or new.
What is new is the Underworld Amusements republication of this important work. Â This edition uniquely includes a valuable and critically acclaimed foreword by Robert Merciless which details Tichenor’s biography as well as the times and trends which shaped his penetrating writing.
“Some “Debsians” who think of Eugene Debs only as a pioneer labor and Socialist Party leader may not be aware of some of his more radical associates. Marx expressed the role of religion in justifying structered inequality by referring to it as the “opiate of the masses”.Â Tichenor chooses, in the “Sorceries and Scandals of Satan”, to develop the fictional struggle of “good” and “evil” from the vantage point of a “Good-seeking” personna called Satan.The books by Tichenor are a challenge worth undertaking, and we are fortunate to have this lesser known of his books re-released.Â It is fortunate also to have included the highly informative 21 page Foreword by Robert Merciless.Â Don’t dig into the text without first reading the Merciless essay which locates Tichenor’s work in the late 19th and early 20th century progressive movement.”
“Tichenor’s “The Sorceries and Scandals of Satan” is a withering and ironic indictment of Christianity wrought with passion and wry humor. Slaughter’s handsome re-publication resurrects an almost forgotten monument of diabolical rhetoric. Exposing the lunacy inherent in twisted tales of Christian saints and surreal biblical fables, Tichenor climaxes the book by detailing the horrors of European persecution of heretics and the murderous madness of the New England witch trials. He extols anti-Christian writing from Milton to Ingersoll with deft quotations, and even champions the pagan Greek deities over the foul phantasms enshrined by Christ-lovers. The informative forward by R. Merciless places this classic of free-thought in a historical context, listing predecessors and descendants, offering a pithy guide to literate thinkers who have embraced Satan as an image inspiring joy in life and liberty of mind.”
“In the forward to the new edition of SaSoS, Merciless discusses the author, Henry M. Tichenor, known today only to a few scholars, mostly in the study of Socialism. Meticulous research into Tichenorâ€™s life and works is presented in the forward of this “lost” work, and Merciless puts the book into the context of Tichenorâ€™s lifetime, and into today. Those who research the areas of freethought, atheism, non-theism and works controversial to organized religion should read this work.”