So, I’m scoring along on Twitter today and I’m seeing the usual crap about Trump and some stuff about the Yanni vs Laurel thing (Fuck y’all I’m team Lauren) when all of a sudden I see an article about a teacher who decided it would be a good idea to drown two raccoons in front of his freaking students.
YUP! You read that right! Let me give you the full story.
So this teacher, Dewie Brewton, who has been teaching at the school for 34 years, caught two raccoons in traps that had allegedly killed a few of the school’s chickens. So, after he had them trapped, he had students help him fill up a tub with water and assist him in holding the cages in the water as the animals fought to breathe, eventually succumbing to their fate.
This is unacceptable and I hope this teacher is fired as soon as possible. Let me explain a few things. My dad is a hunter and performs predator control where he will trap, hunt, kill, or relocate animals depending on what the situation is. Would he have killed the raccoons? Probably.
Here’s the difference: My Dad is not cruel. He doesn’t want these animals to suffer and is really hard on himself if he doesn’t give an animal a clean, quick death. Also, he doesn’t do It around students! Also, his damn job was to kill the animals who were causing harm to livestock or threatening communities.
Mr. Brewton’s job is to teach. I’m a teacher and I know that the job requires more teaching about life and the way the world works than actual math or science lessons. The teacher should have shown the students that animals are only doing what they are doing to survive. He should have showed them how wild they are and how we have to have compassion for animals.
Here’s what I would have done. I would have brought the students out to see the animals. We would have spoken about what they look like, why they would kill the chickens, what they are acting like, and what they might be doing if they weren’t hanging out with us. Then I would have loaded them up into my car and taken them to a wooded area and set them free.
Maybe that’s just because I’m a Satanist and I value life for all. Maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for those Trash Ninjas. Who knows?
I’ll be posting a video later, my Lovely Devils. Stay tuned.
Well, sorta. Actually that doesn’t make any sense, but I did send over some interview questions to our wonderful Reverend Campbell. He runs the website and YouTube channel called Speak of the Devil where the Ravishing Reverend talks about the Church of Satan and what that means to him. I love the Reverend’s perspective and I am so glad I got him to take some time to answer my silly questions. (Yes, I know there are typos in the questions. Like “Toying” not “Trying”).
I am also really glad that he decided to answer via video because this man is something to behold, let me tell you what.
I really loved the toe analogy because it is spot on, even if you think it doesn’t make sense. Satanism has always been in my life and I was always following the teachings of the Church of Satan, I just didn’t have a name for it. I am not just a Member of the Church of Satan, but I am the Church of Satan. I carry the chapel with me, therefore I don’t need a building.
If you’re confused about what it means to be a Satanist or would like to become more Satan-friendly, I recommend checking out the daily youtube videos he is posting. They’re thought-provoking and give the Satanic perspective on things you might not even realize are Satanic. (Trick! Everything I do is Satanic because I am Satanic).
Not because of my being a Satanist. Actually, the central issue in the argument has nothing to do with it, but how I am reacting has EVERYTHING to do with Satanism.
I would like to draw your attention to rule 4: “If a guys in your lair annoys you, treat him cruelly and without mercy”. This has been popping up a lot in mind because of some drama going on at work with a coworker. Let’s call him Joe.
Joe works as the shop teacher there so is in charge of the Set Design for the school plays. As the Drama Teacher, I am in charge of literally the rest. I am having the students act as the Director so that they get as much experience as they can in each aspect of the theatre.
So, as we get closer to Open, Joe has been coming to rehearsal. I was fine with this until he started telling me what to do. Then, as I was working, he told me to stop and come do what he wanted me to do. After I nicely told him that I was going to continue what I was doing, he put my stuff away so that I had no other choice.
After we finished rehearsal, Joe then decided it was okay to tell the students that they weren’t working hard enough. This shocked me enough but then he continued. Joe then told them (The HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS) that they were going to put on “an amateur show” which was “going to be a disaster”.
Wow. You don’t even say that shit to professional actors, let alone students. This happened Friday. I decided to give him a day or two to apologize to the students since we work in the same school district. He didn’t.
Today was the last straw. Today, Sunday, he decided to yell at the students to tell them to be quiet. This doesn’t work in theatre because the actors think you’re talking to them and they’ll lower their voices. I was hammering on the set, too, because stuff needed to be finished so I was doing it. This is funny because HE is the set designer and yet I was the one doing what needed to be done. I looked at the kids and nicely said “quiet back stage, please” which is the proper why to address the situation. Then I started working again.
Joe the decided to throw a tantrum. He stood up, shoved his crap into his bag, and left, slamming the door on his way out. The room went silent. So, I decided to send the following email:
“I would like to take a moment to address your behavior over the last few days, as well as remind you, or teach you, a few things about how the theatre functions.
One thing I tell the students is that “There is no room for negativity in creativity”. This means that any issues we are facing should be dealt with in a way that is constructive. Telling these students that they are going to put on a show that is a “disaster” is not acceptable. A lot of the issues they are facing currently are from being nervous. Our job is to dash those concerns, not make them worse.
I would also like to remind you of the age of these students. They are children who are just starting out their acting careers. Telling them they are going to put on an amateur show is hurtful because they are amateurs and expecting any more than amateur work from them is asking too much.
Another issue I’m facing is how you have inserted yourself into rehearsal in a way that I am rather uncomfortable with. Now, I know that nerves are on edge as we get closer to open, but I feel that you are projecting these fears onto the students in an unhelpful way. As the Set Designer, I understand coming in and making sure the set flows well, but that is where your role ends. Stephen is the Director and I am the Producer, so if you have any questions or concerns, they should be directed towards either of us in a private manner.
Our job, in the end, is to guide them and be models for how they should act. The comments you’ve made during rehearsal, as well as the body language I’ve witnessed, has made the students uncomfortable. This means that they are not putting out their best work and not getting the most out of their rehearsal time. Since you have not, I feel as if I should prompt you to apologize to the students, because your words have had a negative impact that is hard for them to move past and I feel they deserve an apology.
All of these things in mind, I feel as if I have to ask you not to come to rehearsal anymore. We are very close to the finish line now and we need to be able to focus and feel comfortable in the theatre as we go into Tech Week.
Thank you very much for your wonderful set designs.
Now, I would like to bring your attention back to the Fourth Satanic Rule of the Earth. I know some of you are thinking that my lair is my house, but that’s not how I see it. Yes, he and I share a school district, but he is the shop teacher. We are in the Theatre. As the Drama teacher, I spend a lot of time in that theatre with those kids and we have ways of doing things that we are used to. More than that, those who are familiar with Theatre will understand that the Set Designer is near the end of the list of people who should be telling actors what to do, let alone stepping on toes.
I would also like to point out that I was very kind as I wrote this, but I did not show any mercy. I am not going to back down from this and if he does try to enter my lair again, I will get more stern. I hate it when people tell me what to do and I hate it when people disrespect those important to me. I hate it.
Joe is about to learn what it means to mess with a Satanist.
I hope you all enjoyed this and I would love to hear how you would have handled the situation. Especially you, Reverend Campbell.
(PS- My car is an extension of my lair. Don’t fuck with shit).
I mean, I’m 24 years old currently, which is still very young, but most people wouldn’t call me a baby anymore. At least outside of the bedroom, that is. But, as a Satanist, I’m still little! Actually I’m pretty confident in saying I’m probably still in First Phase, which means I’m a little dumb still. (Ha). I only received my Membership card back in February of THIS YEAR!That is why I always make sure to emphasize that I don’t speak for the Church of Satan or any of its members.
What I do do (ha) is interviews. I like to get as many perspectives on a position so that mine might become more informed. Always keep learning, children. A few months ago, if somebody asked me to define Satan, I would say “An external, fictional representation of one’s best self”. That has changed a bit. Now I say, “An external, fictional representation of one’s best self, free from Abrahamic laws”. This little additions means so much, at least to me.
All of these things said, I’m going to throw another interview at you! This one is from a lovely Satanist who, like me, is also young. Actually, he’s 20! He has been in the Church of Satan FAR longer than me, though, and is an Active Member. You can check out more from our wonderful friend of the left-hand path on his blog Just A Young Satanist!
Now, sit back, pour yourself a glass of whiskey, and enjoy the latest entry in…
The Infernal Interviews
1) What made you realize you were a Satanist?
It was really a gradual progression. I came across information on Satanism almost by accident while doing research for a high school project. The more I read, the more I found myself agreeing. Even after reading The Satanic Bible I didn’t feel comfortable calling myself a Satanist as I hadn’t tried a ritual yet and I felt that if ritual wasn’t for me, then I probably was not a Satanist. The first ritual I ever did was the one in the Youth Communique on Churchofsatan.com because I was broke and I didn’t need a whole lot to do it. After that ritual, I was kind of like “Yeah, this is right for me” and I’ve called myself a Satanist ever since.
2) Do your friends and family know?
I live in a very small, religious town. I remember getting pulled aside by my vice principal because he was getting calls from concerned parents. I think most of my graduating class at least heard I was reading the Satanic Bible in school. All of the friends I kept from high school know and my closest friends in college know, but I don’t make a big deal about it. As far as family, I try to keep it private but that doesn’t always work out.
3) You can only use one condiment forever, which one do you choose?
Ranch is a condiment because I say, and it wins hands down.
4) What have you done in your life thus far that you are most proud of?
Well I’m really just starting to change focus from my achievements to my goals as an adult. The things I was once proud of don’t mean a whole lot to me anymore. I’m working hard on getting my associate’s degree without going into debt, and I plan to have that goal accomplished by August. After that, I’ve got sights on bigger and better things. I’ve got a few other personal projects in the works, but they’re too far out to make any kind of announcement. I’m proud of the hard work I’m putting in now more than anything.
5) Where do you see yourself at 60 years old?
In a comfortable chair in my home library. I’d like to have a couple of novels published, to have traveled, and to have a good group of friends. Life isn’t over at retirement, and I’m sure I’ll be pretty active in it.
6) If a wizard told you he would give you three powers, which would you choose?
If the wizard has the ability to give me any power I want, I would probably want the power of the wizard. If that isn’t an option, I would definitely go with mind reading, shape shifting, and whatever you would call the powers of Aang from Avatar.
7) Do you have any pets?
I do! Skunkie is my 16-year-old mutt of a cat named for the coloration of her face, Cookie is my 10-year-old tuxedo cat, and I have a 7-year-old black lab named Ranger. Some people count our poultry as pets, so at any one time we could have 20-30 chickens, 10-20 turkeys, or no farm animals whatsoever.
8) If you couldn’t live in the USA, what other country would you move to?
Germany. I love the food, landscape, architecture, and language. It also puts me in a position to easily travel to most of the other countries I considered, like Italy, France, Norway, and the UK.
9) What is your stance on Pineapple on pizza?
Generally speaking I think pizza is gross. Keep it off my pineapple and everything will be okay.
10) Describe your ideal home.
My ideal home would be approached by a long drive that winds its way through the dense forest. Once deep enough into the wood that privacy is guaranteed, the woods open to a clearing revealing Victorian style home. My attitudes on how it would look inside vary, but two things never change. Firstly, I want a secret room. Second, I want a large personal library. Overall, I want it to be a place of quiet appreciation of the natural world, a reflection of my interests, and a refuge for those friends who need to escape the outside world from time to time.
I hope you young kids out there who are now discovering Satanism take these answers, as well as the rest of his blog, to heart. We have all been exactly where you are now and we want to answer any questions you have. Now, I want to make it clear that I’m not telling you that you are a Satanist. Honestly, you’re probably not. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take some of the teachings of Satanism and apply them to your life.
I know it may seem like it would be really easy for my family to find out I’m a Satanist, they apparently don’t care enough or don’t google me very often. That’s just fine with me. There are some people in my family who would never be able to wrap their heads around being a Satanist and not believing in Satan.
I also try to keep it on the down-low in professional settings. I work with children, so it’s not my job to try to convince them to be Satanists. I’m sure a few of them are, but not all of them. If they ask me questions about any religion, I’ll answer them, but that’s just because I feel they have a right to information. I’ll also point them to just google stuff, but make sure the information is accurate.
Now, since I’ve been interviewing a lot of out and proud Satanists, I’m going to bring on a person who calls himself a “Closeted Satanist’.
Buckle up for the latest installment of:
THE INFERNAL INTERVIEWS
1) What made you decide to join the Church of Satan?
Joining The Church of Satan was my way of making a pact with The Devil, so to speak. It was my way of saying to myself, “You are one serious mofo” concerning my commitment to the religion/philosophy that has proven to be a most useful guide through life.
2) What is your response when people ask you if you’re religious?
I usually just tell the curious that I’m non-religious. If I think they’re being pushy, I’ll confirm my atheistic stance to let them know I’m not buying what they’re selling. On the rare occasion when I feel I’m talking to a kindred soul, I might divulge that I’m a Diabolist.
3) Do you have any Satanic Paraphernalia in your house? Hidden?
I keep my ritual items and books displayed in my bedroom, along with a badass painting of Magus LaVey created by Rev. Eric Vernor. One might find a book I’m reading st any given time lying on a table in another room – I like to flirt with danger.
4) Would you rather go to space or ride a T-Rex?
That depends. Are we talking riding the T-Rex in the Jurassic era or are we talking modern-day? Because I would totally dig going on a rampage through a busy part of town on the back of a dinosaur. Otherwise, I’d choose space.
5) Does anybody close to you know you’re a Satanist?
When I was much younger (I’ve been a self-identifying Satanist for about 23 years), I was much more open about my interest in Satanism, so a lot of people knew. As I grew older and learned that subtlety can be my friend, I wore it on my sleeve less and less. There are probably still some who suspect that my involvement with Satanism was more than just a passing interest but I only talk about it with close confidants these days.
6) What is your Membership Status within the Church of Satan?
I’m a Satanist (First Degree member). Basically, that just denotes active membership within CoS.
7) How do you weave Satanism into your daily life?
My main source of income is my job in the steel structure manufacturing business. I work in an environment saturated with a lot of “good ole boys” – the “God, Guns and Government” types. I use Lesser Magic skills on a daily basis, like diplomacy, flattery and empathy (the latter two aren’t always genuine). I also live in a small town 30 miles outside of Nashville, TN, so those skills come in handy pretty much everywhere around here.
8) Do you have anything you’re working on currently you’d like to talk about?
I’m currently writing songs for an acoustic project I plan to record with my wife’s assistance on vocals. I’ve also recently been inspired to take up painting. I’ve always been an above-average sketch artist but never seriously tried my hand at mediums involving color. I’ve got a long way to go but I’m steadily improving.
9) What made you decide to stay in the closet about being a Satanist.
I have young children whom I don’t desire to see suffer on account of my interests and affiliations.
However, I’m not a total closet-Satanist. I just choose to keep that part of my life out of the spotlight. I’ll still talk about Satanism with open-minded folks and I do wear a Baphomet sigil ring often, so those in-the-know can identify my interest.
10) Define Magic.
Magic is a hunk of blackberry cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream.
Ladies and Gents, and every flavor in between, I found this entry to be particularly interesting since I find myself hiding it in some social circles and being really open about it in others. You can be a Satanist and be Satanic without wearing Satan on your forehead. I hope this gets you all thinking and let me know if you have any questions for me or my guest.
So this interview is really exciting for me because I really love the Raising Hell Podcast. I’ve been listening to Milton and his guests for a little over a year now and it has helped me so much. This Podcast is amazing because it will talk about anything from Magic to Sex to Parenting to Disabilities and beyond.
One of my favorite people Milton brings on is Witch Troj. She is wonderful to listen to and she always has a way to articulate her opinions in ways that allow the listeners to absorb the information while drawing their own conclusions. He also has wonderful segments such as The Grownup Grotto, What Would Josephine Do, What the Wild Things Think, and more. I find each of these segments offers different information that pertains to both Satanism and Parenting.
To be clear, I am not a parent, I just want to be one day and I figure it’s probably best to start learning now so that I can be the very best like no one ever was.
And on that note, allow me to give the floor to my future friend (Oh yeah) Warlock Milton Cruver!
1) What Satanic qualities do you inject into your parenting? – Satanists have always had the innate privilege of representing our religion through the simple act of living, unlike other religions in which people are expected to follow a particular set of mandates. Satanism is not a religion one practices through an ideology which must be adhered to but which one identifies with as naturally defining of how one has always lived their life. This is what is meant by the dictum of, “Born, not made.” and we present ourselves accordingly. It is for this reason there could never be any indoctrination or proselytizing into or within our religion. Any attempts to do so are always met with the most resounding of objections from those who “get it”. The mentorship of our young ones, as I see Satanic parenting to be, comes from a curriculum of pragmatism and realism which exults in the magic of allegory, theatrical expression and symbolism. We are here to assist our youth in navigating the world unfettered by the chains of unreasonable expectations and assertively engage in showing them how to think instead of simply what to think. In tandem with this is our dictum of Responsibility to the Responsible. Rather than supporting an environment which extols a victim mentality of blaming others and making excuses, we champion the ego building lesson of being responsible for ones actions and holding others accountable for the same. Submitting to peer pressure is not a valid excuse for poor choices and we do not condone association with groups that undermine an individuals self-worth. In all things, we set the example for our children through living a life unashamed of who we are. If the first step in life is coming to a realization of what you represent, the completion of that circle in all its Satanic glory is being proud of what that is. You don’t have to be perfect. You just have to be you.
2) How often do you have to tell your children not to put things in their mouth? – Not as many times as perhaps I should. If it’s not going to poison them and it’s not a choking hazard, they can figure it out for themselves. Why deprive them of the adolescent joy of finding out that Mama’s fruity smelling soap does not indeed taste like mango lemon sherbet? And the humorously betrayed faces when that toy they’ve managed to cram into their mouth sticks out at all odd angles? Kids are far too often not allowed to test the world, even within the relative safety of the home. I think todays kids could do with a healthy dose of getting back to basics, and making a few more mistakes before they find themselves in the much less forgiving world of societal expectations and personal faux pas.
3) Describe your relationship to Satanism and The Church of Satan. – First and foremost I’d like to state that this relationship, as all should truly be, was consensual. Satanists live our religion. We are Satanism. There has never been a need for a brick and mortar Church as we carry our churches with us. In our hearts and minds and upon our bodies, the temple in which Satanism resides comes ready-made in the form of our fleshy vessel and quite appropriately returns to the earth when we leave this mortal coil. Those few who have opened their own personal lairs (the late Anton Szandor LaVey included) to worthy individuals of our cabal do so with a discerning eye and do not suffer the majority to partake in the comradery and ritual which takes place behind closed doors. As a Warlock in the Church of Satan I am active within the organization and the membership which it comprises.
4) Do other parents ever give you shit for being a Satanist? – There have been instances where those whom I associate with on a professional level uncover my association and involvement with what have been labeled, “the dark powers”, and approach me with venomous concern over how they think I must comport myself as a parent. With few exceptions, I have been able to not only allay those concerns but find common ground and now enjoy very supportive and enjoyable friendships with some of them. Parenting is one of those hot button topics which, rightfully so, people tend to take personal and concern themselves over greatly. It is more important to me that a guardian support the individual child through an open and honest relationship, than what they personally choose to believe or to what faith they ascribe themselves to. I’ve found myself agreeing most wholeheartedly with devout believers on some topics, while some of my atheistically inclined fellows hold opposing views.
5) What is your favorite salt-water creature? – I’m a sucker for the octopus. (HAHA)
6) Are you working on any projects currently? – As host of the Raising Hell podcast, I’ve been presenting the Satanic Perspective on Parenting for over three years now. I’ve colluded on a number of projects, some public and others more behind the scenes both within the organization and outside from media representatives and independent artists. There are several endeavors underway which will be released either towards the end of the year or in early 2019 which I’ve had a hand in and I look forward to seeing them come to fruition. Stay tuned!
7) What do you think your greatest accomplishment is? – In my young adult life, I take great pride in having successfully pursued a career in public service as a Fire Fighter while continuing my day job and supporting my family. Working through the required curriculum and academy time throughout the week and attending classes and events on the weekend makes for a busy schedule, but working towards a goal and setting an example for my children with a healthy work ethic and drive to succeed is immensely gratifying.
8) What’s your favorite scary movie? – This is incredibly difficult to answer, as there are a number of incredibly worthy movies. But if there was one I would recommend to people, it would have to be Dog Soldiers (2002). The basic synopsis is that a British Special Forces team is set to do war games against another special forces team, finds them dead in the woods and ends up battling werewolves. For anyone who despises movies where the protagonists don’t fight back and make terrible choices, this one is a refreshing change of pace.
9) If you could tell your young self one thing, what would it be? – Stay the course. At times it will be tough, but you’ll be tougher.
10) Define Magic. – While I could recite the clinical definition of Magic as it applies to Satanism, I prefer to explain it as I would to a child. Magic is what captivates you and in turn, what allows you to hold the world captive. The most mundane of things can hold the greatest of power. The ability of a flame to capture ones attention. The rapture one feels when an infant laughs with joy. The serene peace one can find in the morning sunrise. Whether through you exerting your will to change the hearts and minds of those around you or by ritualistic expression overcoming your own personal tribulations, magic has the ability to change not only the world around you, but that the one in which you choose to move through. (This was beautifully put)
Thank you thank you thank you so much Milton for taking the time to answer my questions. I continue to learn through your words and I can’t wait for the next episode of Raising Hell to come out. Seriously, guys, you have to listen to the show, even if you’re not a parent or not a Satanist.
Stay tuned for even more interviews from our wonderful friends of the Left-Hand Path.