Equal rights for all, not special rights for some.
We are Satanic Australia, a grassroots collective of non-theistic Satanists that believe in individual liberty, human rights and the separation of church and state.
For us, the figure of Satan is a metaphor of resistance to religious tyranny and a Promethean champion of the marginalised and misunderstood. Consequently, we strongly oppose changes to the federal anti-discrimination legislation that would provide exemptions for religious organisations to participate in discriminatory behaviour.
As Satanists, we fully support the right of every person to practice their faith without fear of violence, harassment or unequal treatment. However, we believe that this freedom should not entitle any person or institution to a position of privilege, or to discriminate against or disseminate hate-speech against any other individual or community. We believe that freedom from religion is equally important as freedom of religion.
Satanic Australia is pro-choice, pro-science, anti-racism, and is fully supportive of the LGBTIQA+ community. We can be contacted on Facebook or via our website.
Ave Satanas! Ave Lilith!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you worship the Devil?
A: No. Rather ironically, most Satanists don’t actually believe in a literal Devil! Despite years of rather unflattering depictions of Satanists in horror films and sensationalist media, the vast majority of Satanists are actually atheists or agnostics. While theistic Satanists do exist, Satanic Australia is a secular organisation that holds the figure of Satan/Lucifer Morningstar as a metaphor: a venerated exemplar of independent thought who rebelled against religious tyranny. There is a rich history of scholars, free-thinkers and artists like John Milton, Stanisław Przybyszewski, Anatole France and Helena Blavatsky who have positioned the figure of Lucifer as a misunderstood Promethean figure – a bringer of liberation through knowledge that religious dogmas would seek to keep hidden (the name Lucifer literally translates as “Light Bringer”).
Consequently, as the result of two millennia of evolving Christian doctrine – not to mention the disingenuous appropriation of Pagan imagery – Satan has been transformed into the perfect scapegoat for the Church. As Anton LaVey once quipped, “Satan has been the best friend the church has ever had, for he has kept them in business all these years!”
Q: Do you hate Christians?
A: No. While there may be individual Satanists that have a great resentment for the religious organisations that they were raised in, most Satanists are very much the “live and let live” types. Indeed, as Satanists are fiercely egalitarian: we do not believe that any one person ought to be mistreated or oppressed on account of their faith, ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, disability or age. What we vehemently oppose is fundamentalist religious movements and institutions that believe that the law ought not apply to them because of their religious convictions.
Furthermore, we also observe that there are a small minority of powerful Christian organisations that use their considerable wealth and political influence in order to affect things that we believe are inherently harmful, including the perpetuation of outdated and restrictive gender roles, the restriction of reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy, the dissemination of inaccurate and prejudicial propaganda against the LGBTIQ+ community and the uncritical rejection of climate and evolutionary sciences. While we do not believe it is ethical to censor political or religious expressions, we also believe that the line between free speech and hate-speech is crossed when it perpetuates falsehoods and incites violence.
Our convictions are not anti-Christian, because we know that Christians – like Satanists – are a diverse community of people and ought not be lumped into a monolithic category. We understand that the harmful behaviours listed above are not inherent to Christians – or to any religious group. As Satanists, we believe that it is our obligation to be both compassionate and critical in equal measure.
Q: Do you have specific doctrines?
A: There isn’t a single list of Satanic rules, because there isn’t a single type of Satanism. Anton LaVey’s 1969 Satanic Bible is arguably the most famous collection of Satanic ideas, but there are many others – and not all of them agree. In fact, there have been many different Satanic organisations that have arisen since the founding of the original Church of Satan in San Francisco in 1966 – each with their own particular ideologies, rituals and tenets. Satanic Australia does not have its own particular ‘brand’ of Satanism; rather it is a collective of individuals from a various different Satanic organisations including the Global Order of Satan, the Satanic Temple, the Church of Satan and the United Aspects of Satan. Broadly speaking, Satanic Australia is a left-wing, progressive organisation: our beliefs being aligned most closely with the Seven Tenets of the Satanic Temple. We support gender equality, LGBTQIA+ rights and bodily autonomy. We are pro-choice, pro-science and vehemently oppose racism and xenophobia.
Q: Do you sacrifice animals?
A: Another unfortunate stereotype. Absolutely not. Individual Satanists have varied opinions about the ethics of consuming meat and other animal products, but we are firmly against the harming of animals in any of our ritual practices.
Q: Wait, you guys have rituals?
A: Of course! After all, all humans have rituals of some sort. Have you recently been to a wedding, a funeral or a baptism? Perhaps a graduation ceremony or a bar-mitzvah? These are all rituals: actions imbued with symbolism that convey a particular meaning for the participants and observants. Rituals bond us together and affirm our identities as members of a given community. Many Satanists practice rituals that similarly affirm their beliefs as members of Satanic communities, or simply their individual Satanic convictions. A ritual does not have to be religious or related to any supernatural entity – it can be an elaborate ceremony with whistles, bells and black candles on an altar, or it can be a quiet, personal meditation on a particular intent.
Q: What about depraved orgies?!
A: Only when the wifi’s down.
Q: Can I become a Satanist too?
A: Sure, if you like. Satanic Australia is not in the business of proselytising or recruiting, but we’re always happy to meet new people. Our Facebook page is probably the best way to find people near you, find learning resources and get involved in local Satanic events.