Seeking Truth in Numbers

Originally posted on on August 20, 2017.

Note: related documents available online.

 Sisters on a Sunshine (Re)Quest

On July 18th of this year (2017), the Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae created and later sent Sunshine Requests to four Missouri government agencies, including: Custodians of Records – Missouri Senate, House, Auditor, and the Office of Administration.

We did so without legal representation, exercising our legal rights as citizens to demand information under Missouri’s Sunshine Law. We specifically requested documentation of detailed cost expenditures associated with Missouri Governor Eric Greitens “Special 2nd [Extraordinary] Session,” which ended on July 26, 2017. This session was used to determine the expanse of our reproductive rights in Missouri, along with legalizing the ability to use one’s religious beliefs to discriminate against others based on their legal reproductive choices.

During this 2nd Special Session, the lack of transparency within the Missouri General Assembly and the Office of Governor Eric Greitens, [with regard to the] failure of Missouri Government to produce an updated “Special 2nd Session” cost report, led Governor Greitens to accusing the media of cost speculating, fabrications, and spreading misinformation.

Weare not the media. We are The People. As Sacrament to Personal Honor, whereby we as Sisters, Brothers, & They, are Beholden to Investigate wherever truths have been hidden, to research, and to reveal for the Good of All. The possibility of exorbitant “Special 2nd Session” costs (with the Missouri budget currently under duress, funds meant for children in need being cut, or as in TANF, nefariously misappropriated to faux “Crisis Pregnancy Centers”) is a subject of contention that must be better understood. What the state does with our budget is our business. Albeit an undertaking, in such duplicitous circumstances, only careful examination will reveal the truth.

The Ordo has received USPS confirmation receipts and responses from all agencies requested. In brief:

– From the Missouri Senate Office, Adriane D. Crouse responded with a figure of $31,678.10 to date, with final records being available August 4th.

– From the Missouri Office of Administration, Kristen Paulsmeyer is “unable to distinguish open records responsive to your request.” They did offer to send a “report of payments made from June 12, 2017 through July 26, 2017 that would be all inclusive of every expense paid by the House and Senate during that time period.” However, they denied our request as a religious entity to waive costs associated with this record request, which would be billed at $15.00 per hour.

– From the Missouri House, David Welch responded by first announcing the House would be “unable to waive the costs associated with your sunshine request, the cost will be; $10 per hour or fraction they’re up for clerical time, actual cost for professional time, and $.10 per page for copying.” He goes on to get tangled in the idea this was a form letter addressing several agencies in one, stating we must make the request specific to the agency.

– From the Missouri Auditor’s Office, Barbara Wood stated they “have no documents responsive to your request.”

Our Ordo will respond in kind, clarifying matters to those agencies requesting such, and will keep our brethren and comrades informed of our progress. The best outcome is one where these government agencies choose to honor our request with an applied ethics befitting of their elected offices; thereby producing the ever elusive transparency in government we seek. Our seeking is guided by the principles of science, data, and evidence, and through these acts of discovery we endeavor to fulfill our religious adherences.

May the Truth shed Light…
May the Reality set you Free.

Ave Lilitu!
Dame Sisters, Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae

On Satanism and Enabling Fascists

The Burden of Satanic Truth, and The Fight Against Fascism

Originally posted on on August 20, 2017.

Addendum added: September 2, 2017

At the time of this article’s original publication, it was not entirely clear the degree to which privilege and cowardice have informed certain “leaders” in the Satanic community’s preferred methods of response to violent fascists who advocate for the murder and subjugation of all those not like them.

It is therefore necessary to offer an addendum to this piece, which calls specific attention to the lofty places of privilege from whence these persons have the gall to insist that trusting in the legal system, and meeting fascism with exaggerated stereotypes as a form of ridicule, are utterly tone-deaf. Those institutions of law, which one prominent LHP personality would like to see as the best recourse to combat fascism, tend to favor the white, straight males of our society.

Let us also extend this privilege only so far as it goes toward judicial vindication, and exempt all women from access to anything which could be defined as true justice. To prove this, I need only point to the many tens of thousands of rape-kits degrading and rotting in warehouses across this nation. My point being, white males are the only group consistently heard, or favored by the legal system.

It also seems retrograde of any leader in the LHP community to insist that hitting a bully is never the answer; that it only feeds a bully to have such attention paid to them. Only those who have never consistently suffered subjugation or oppression would tell those who have had such experiences, not to speak out… nor act out against it. The unoppressed are blessed that they can offer such flippant, throw-away solutions, when they do not truly understand what it is to be either persecuted or hunted by nearly an entire populace. If one were to approach and menace me with Nazi symbols emblazoned on homemade riot shield and club, I will not be pausing to deliver a zinger. That is the moment to fight, or to flee. And while I agree that to engage in battle with a smile upon one’s face is a powerful psychological weapon, the fact remains: it will be a brute battle, not a witty war of barbs and references to the film “Deliverence”.

Finally, portraying one’s opponents in caricature is only effective in a polite society which agrees upon lines of social conduct. When an entire movement calls for the massacre of other groups it has deemed inferior to them is met with mockery and ridicule, be not surprised when their madness escalates to violence. They rarely shrink back to the shadows in a climate which emboldens them not merely to speak hate, but to act upon it. One has angered an already dangerous beast, and a fight is guaranteed.

Among the general aspects of what constitutes most branches of Satanism at their most basic level, strength of character I would say, features prominently. Above this level, we engage in such fierce debate over what is important to our individual identities, that beyond the other agreement of our refusal to be subjugated by others, we frequently diverge… and that is a beautiful thing.

But that refusal to be yoked and suffer nonsensical, cruel, and arbitrary authority; do we wait to oppose it until it is institutionalized and accepted as the norm? Or should we not admit when we recognize the seeds which grow into its systems, and prevent them a purchase where they might take root?

As a Dame-Sister of the Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae, it is my duty to perform the sacrament we term in my Order as: The Three Great Acts. The first of these is to Witness; that is, simply to observe the conditions of this world and the players within it. And lately, I have witnessed much that I find dismaying and disappointing among some of the other Satanists out there.

In a reductionist solution to the problem of white supremacists and First Amendment rights, it seems that quite a few Satanists believe that allowing white supremacists to speak without reproach or counter-protests will reveal their ugliness to the degree that the people will simply turn away in disgust.

It may be in Topeka Kansas for instance, that few people constitute the congregation of Westboro Baptist Church. But they still receive converts, for all their ugliness. And while worship at their church may be limited, that doesn’t mean there aren’t others in town who believe some of the same, horrible things. An uncontested platform for hate, is a prime place for growth.

But of late, the strength of character from some Satanists has been lacking. They speak now of slippery slopes and a belief that counter-protest is somehow oppressive toward white supremacist and racist nationalist’s free speech. In general, what this handful of self-avowed adherents of the Left Hand Path are failing to realize, is that while one is free to speak their mind in this country, freedom such as this does not inherently mean it is also free of consequence.

On Saturday, 40,000 people descended on Boston Common to show how deeply they disagree with those who hate, and those who by their own insistence on inaction, would facilitate that hate toward a greater legacy. The perhaps few hundred who came in support of fascism were overwhelmed by the non-violent counter protesters. Hate was made ashamed of itself by the ratio that marched in opposition. No one prevented the white supremacists from speaking. The fact that they simply couldn’t hear themselves vomiting forth their usual venom… well, it is a public place. They could always adjourn to elsewhere.

Forty thousand people agreed that fascism had no place in their city or their world. Yet a number of Satanists are chatting-up the idea that actively defying fascism is somehow in itself, fascist. I’ve even seen them employing the rightwing language of the day as they tear at each other with terms like “lib-tard” and “cuck”, for every misinterpreted little sleight.

One thing I can say with certainty is that fascism should sit as antithetical to any philosophy of the Satanic. Why? Because fascism is uniform, grey, requires a compliance which demands the obliteration of individuality in favor of national identity. A loss that no Satanist would willingly suffer. It deserves condemnation for its goal of snuffing out diversity. It deserves derision for its baseless assertions of superior breeding and genetics. It requires being refuted and trashed for its junk science. This means actively resisting its positions vocally, publicly, and perpetually. For it has ever been that philosophies of oppression only flourish when those who should be dedicatedly fighting against them, instead decide that their official position, is that they have no position.

It is to them, the Order speaks:

Get out of the way. Absolute, unconditional pacifism cannot lead on this. Fence sitting is no longer possible in this world. There are those for whom condemnation is deserved; and it may be pronounced in wisdom, once thoroughly measured. But even after such judicious weighing, condemned none the less.

These tepid responses and deflections with sarcasm must end. The edge-lords are snide, but lack the conviction to disavow milquetoast policies that avoid calling attention to shameful hatred. Hate is a delinquency that tends toward the horrors of murder, slavery, and oppression… and it must be challenged, not ignored. Else it will be to the detriment of us all, if allowed to fester and seethe beneath a blanket of silent acquiescence; bursting forth with a boldness that can only be cultivated by the denials of the cowardly bystander.

I am Dame-Sister Gwendolyn, of The Ordo Sororitatis Satanicae; also called the “Lady of Gehenna”.

“May all people awaken to the World, and to reason. Ave, Lilitu!”