The Head of a Satanic Temple Explains Satanism


We do not sacrifice children. The foundation of Satanism
is built upon the self and carrying out
the devil’s work. Hail Satan! Hail Satan! Hail Satan! Hail Satan! Hi! My name is Zeke Apollyon
and I am the chapter head for the Satanic Temple,
London and UK. I think what attracted me most
to Satanism, I think how preposterous a lot of stuff that was coming from
people who call themselves Christians. These people are extremists,
they’re religious extremists. That use Christianity to
kind of further their extremism. Some of these people have
blood on their hands, and so I figured if they could do horrible
things in the name of Jesus then I could do wonderful things
in the name of Satan. It’s so liberating. It is so liberating. I don’t think I’ve ever felt as in
my own skin as I do as a Satanist because, I mean part of it is looking
at like ugly sides of yourself and being able to sort of
reconcile that and looking at
ugly sides of humanity. No. No. I don’t want to catch anything and I’m pretty sure
other people don’t either. People get in touch with us
and we just have a conversation. A lot of times what people want
is community, a lot of people feel like outsiders and so they come to us
because they’re looking for people
that are accepting. They do not come around anymore. They don’t come around anymore. They came over one time when we
were having a big ritual and they must have seen it
on my face or something ’cause I opened the door
to come out to get something and they were walking up the path and I was just like, no! And they just
turned around and left. And I haven’t seen them since. We still live in a time
when people who are satanists have to live incognito? But I think in terms of
misconceptions about Satanists I think people think that we
sacrifice babies, that we are engaged
in some kind of like underground sex trafficking. I’ve definitely met some babies
that I haven’t really gotten on with very well, but I’ve never
actually killed one. There’s a little girl
in the window right there. Satanism, it’s been a philosophy or a way of life for people
for a very long time. For me, Satanism is really about
not letting myself off the hook. And I believe for me that being a
Satanist is about trying to continually advocate for people
especially people who aren’t able to advocate for themselves. You could definitely go much worse
than to use those things as your way to
kind of move forward. Every day! In fact somebody is
probably right now, asking us to put them
in touch with the devil. People ask for riches,
they ask if we can allow them access to the Illuminati. Some of the weirdest interactions are people who like
send us satanic prayers. People will sometimes ask us to
pass on messages to the devil. And I’m like, we’re not the
devils answering service. I wish! Satanism is a love affair
with the self. Actually, I think one of the things
that the Satanic Temple wants to do is actually sponsor an orgy. We do, but like we would be there as
people who would fold the towels and we would make sure that there
was enough condoms and lube. And we would provide sex education. A lot of us are trained. Some of us are medics. And what we would do is facilitate what would be like a safe, consensual, group sex practice for people
and it would benefit something. I think it would be great if
Satanists went on Love Island. That would be amazing. I totally would. I would turn that party out.

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