Growing up Setian was rough because Western culture conditions us all to think Pagan gods are just “false idols” or even “the devil in disguise.” In my case, even other Pagans (usually self-proclaimed “white witches”) found me too “satanic” for their liking. But while our current culture is quick to conflate Set with Lucifer, things were very different 2,000 years ago, long before “Satanism” was even a daydream. Back then, Set was conflated by Greeks and Egyptians with the Hebrew god, Yahweh; and there are even certain areas where He seems to overlap with Jesus Christ.
I used to worship the ground Marilyn Manson walked on. I’ve long since outgrown such teenage sycophantism, and I talk about what it was like to go through this process in my sermon, What Are You Afraid Of? It’s Only Rock & Roll! But no matter what, Manson’s fictional persona of the “Antichrist Superstar” continues to fill my soul with Setian thunder. Happy Sabbat, and Set bless!
From John Carpenter’s They Live (1988), in which homeless guy Roddy Piper (my favorite pro-wrestler) finds a pair of magic glasses that let him see what the rest of us are hypnotized into not seeing. One of these days I’ll get around to discussing this one in more depth. “They Live, We Sleep.”
Minutes after Pence promised congregants at the Holy City Church of God in Christ in Memphis, Tennessee, that he would “stand strong for the values that you hold dear,” Bishop Jerry Wayne Taylor launched into a diatribe about the “demonic” nature of homosexuality.
“We have to encourage young men and women to get married,” Taylor said from the pulpit. “It’s a demonic spirit that causes a woman to want to lie with another woman. It’s a demonic spirit that causes a man to be attracted to another man.”
Any love that is shared between consenting adults is HOLY, regardless of whether it is shared between a man and woman or people of the same sex. If you want to discuss demons, Jerry, then let’s discuss the one that’s speaking through YOU right this very minute. The Serpent has shoved its ugly old head right up your pampered little cakehole, and you’ve become one of its ass puppets. I pray you will break free of this spell and realize just how much you are really harming your neighbors, your siblings, your parents and children by vomiting such toxic lies.
Later, Taylor called homosexuality “unnatural,” justifying his characterization by falsely claiming that same-sex attraction is unique to humans.
“You never see two male animals coming together,” he said. “We’ve got to expose what the devil is doing.”
Try again, Mr. Scientist.
- BBC.com: Are There Any Homosexual Animals?
- DW.com: 10 Animal Species That Show How Being Gay is Natural
- ZooPortraits.com: Animal Homosexuality
- Huffington Post: Hooray For Gay Animals
Earlier in the service, Bishop Vincent Matthews Jr. dubbed Pence “one of the most persecuted Christians in America” and praised his faith.
The only persecuted Christians I see in this country are all the brown people whose babies are being stuffed in cages by our white-owned and white-operated government. Do you have anything to say about THAT, Bishop Matthews? Christians in China and Indonesia know what persecution is. Christians who are detained in American concentration camps know what persecution is. But Mike Pence has never been “persecuted” by anyone in his life; and even if it is eventually proven that he and President Trump belong in prison, he will probably get off scotch free. So don’t fucking sit there and cry about how “persecuted” Pence is when there are actual Christians in cages RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN DAMN COUNTRY, Christians who’ve been torn away from their families and who may never see their loved ones again!
Charlotte Clymer, a Christian and a spokesperson for national LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign, said Pence’s appearance at Sunday’s event is another example of the vice president using his “perception of faith as a cudgel against vulnerable communities.”
Clymer also said the event’s anti-gay sermon feeds a popular misconception that all faith groups are anti-LGBTQ, adding, “Christ clearly taught us to love one another.”
I appreciate the fact that there are now Christians who are pro-LGBTQ. However, the reason people think all Christians are anti-LGBTQ is because they have been demonizing LGBTQ people for thousands of years. This is not some aberration or new development; it’s been the norm for TWO MILLENNIA. I love seeing churches in my neighborhood that proudly display the rainbow flag; but even just 10 years ago, this was not a thing. It’s been less than a decade since Christians started re-evaluating their positions on the LGBTQ community en masse, and while it’s commendable that they are now doing so, they have not done enough for us to say, “Well that stuff is all behind us now.” If you really wanted to impress the rest of us, you’d have seen the light decades ago, and we would not still be arguing with asscrackers like Bishop Jerry Wayne Taylor here.
I can’t just sit here and listen to these people throw fake religion and fake science around without saying something back. So here’s a nice little prayer to Set I’ve prepared. The text of this spell is included below, in case the graphic is not legible enough.
IAO SETH TYPHOEUS
O You who rule the darkest heavens!
Open wide the gates to Your Desert,
And come forth from beyond the Great Bear!
Hear us, O Lord, as we cry out for vindication!
Reach down with Your mighty red hand,
And SMASH all those who would defy
The presence of our Creator in others!
Remove their eyes,
That they may no longer see!
Remove their mouths,
That they may no longer speak!
Remove their hands,
That they may no longer touch!
Remove their legs,
That they may no longer stand!
Lay waste to their temples!
Disabuse them of their gods!
Fetter their jaws with the strongest iron,
And throw these enemies of Truth
To Your enemy, the Serpent!
May they wither and crawl
And mourn and fade away
For all time beyond death!
All honor and praise unto You,
O MIGHTY ABLANATHANALBA!
IO TYPHON ABERAMENTHO!
IO SABAOTH SETH CHREPS!
I was listening to some Mercyful Fate the other day, and when I heard “The Oath” from their 1984 album, Don’t Break the Oath, it reminded me of all the times the Tonester and I ever thrashed to this song together out in the woods back in the 2000s. The lyrics of this song are partially adapted from Dennis Wheatley‘s 1960 novel, The Satanist, which features a so-called “black mass.”
I’ve always had a confusing relationship with “the satanic.” I am often accused of “worshiping the devil” by Christians, but even other Pagans have reacted to me in similar ways, because they fear and misunderstand Set. I have also met Satanists who consider me a comrade because they think Satan and Set are the same dude. So from the very start of my journey, being conceptualized as a “Satanist” has always been an issue I’ve had to deal with in one way or another. I’ve mellowed out on this subject over the years, especially since learning of Set’s associations with Yahweh and Jesus Christ in Gnostic and Hermetic literature. But thanks to how I grew up, I still have a tendency to translate “Satan” into “Set” in my brain sometimes when I see or hear it, and listening to Mercyful Fate the other day was no exception. As I headbanged to “The Oath,” I found myself “fixing” the lyrics in my head like this:
And here is the original Mercyful Fate song that started all of this, in case anyone might like to hear it.