About Satanic San Francisco
Satanic San Francisco is a group of people committed to building the world that we want to live in. We are atheistic, meaning that we believe that science should be employed to determine which decisions are best for humanity. We are progressive, meaning that we believe that humanity should be becoming more bountiful, equal, and accepting. We organize Satanic community-building events and offer a social base for grassroots Satanic activism.
What is atheistic religion?
As a group, we embrace atheistic religion. There are several different interpretations as to precisely what that means. We adhere to scientific skepticism, in keeping with the satanic agenda of the Satanic Temple. While we do not regulate individual beliefs, we do not take on group projects or causes that assume a belief in the supernatural. Well, unless there is a clear undertone of irony or fantasy. After all, understanding how humans work in regard to religion does not preclude its usefulness. Why throw a tool in the trash just because you know how it works? And, let’s be honest: it’s fun to don black cloaks and steal into the woods by moonlight to drink wine and defile Bibles.
The Seven Tenets
Satanic San Francisco adheres to the Seven Tenets of the Satanic Temple. The Seven Tenets were written to be widely applicable without being dogmatic. They are intended as a code of personal conduct for those with enough privilege to employ them. They are not tools for shaming others who may live with restrictions that hinder or completely prevent their total compliance with any or all of the tenets.
The Seven Tenets of the Satanic Temple
- One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.
- The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
- One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
- The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo your own.
- Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.
- People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.
- Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.
What is Satanism not?
We are not devil worshipers. In fact, we don’t worship anything. Satanic San Francisco employs activism and community events in place of worship. Hopefully this will help members to feel socially connected and to improve as individuals. We do not adhere to the philosophy of lex talionis, or “might is right.” We are not an official chapter of the Satanic Temple (TST) or the Church of Satan. Satanic San Francisco is not associated with any specific branch of Satanism. We do not adhere to supernatural beliefs.
What does Satanic SF do?
Satanic San Francisco meets to discuss modern Satanism, to plan potential projects, and to host community building events, such as Satanic rituals. For example, we enacted an envelope stuffing to “curse” the lawmakers who passed HB2, the infamous, transphobic “Bathroom Bill” in North Carolina. We sent each lawmaker a copy of Eliza Gauger’s Hex of Obsolescence. This Problem Glyph was designed specifically to address transphobic policing of public restrooms.
We feel that the Church of Satan did an excellent job of describing why we find Satanic rituals to be useful: “[I]t serves as a means to purge oneself of unwanted emotional baggage that might be hindering a daily pursuit of joy in life. … The pageantry of ritual is a drama meant for emotional stimulation, not a belief in or worship of any power higher than the projected will of the magician.” This sums up what Anton LaVey would have called, “the intellectual decompression chamber.”
Exactly what a ritual entails depends on what is currently needed and which resources are available. Rituals are designed by members, using a variety of background sources, from 16th century accounts of witchcraft to Satanic-themed movies.
How can I get involved with Satanic San Francisco?
We’re a group of do-ers! Connect with us on social media to meet fellow Satanists and be involved in San Francisco’s Satanic community. You can find upcoming events if you like our Facebook page. We host a munch at Wicked Grounds at 289 8th St. in San Francisco on the second Thursday of the month from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.