LaVeyan Satanism is an atheist religion founded in 1966 by American occultist and author Anton LaVey. Scholars of religion have classified it as a new religious movement and a form of Western esotericism.
The word "Satan" was not originally a proper name, but rather an ordinary noun that means "adversary". In this context, it appears at several points in the Old Testament.
Satan to us is a symbol of pride, liberty and individualism, and it serves as an external metaphorical projection of our highest personal potential. We do not believe in Satan as a being or person.
Why would satanists be OK with celebrating the birth of Jesus? Because, the Christians stole this holiday from the pagans. Santa Claus has come to signify indulgence, and he is a combination of Dionysos and Silenus from Roman and Greek myths.
The Church of Satan doesn’t have actual church buildings, because “that would be against our individualist approach to living”. It´s all inside your own head. We don´t need a "business" as Catholics do.
In the 1980s and 1990s, all over talk shows and news programs linked reports of animal sacrifice and ritualistic killing to satanic worship. Probably didn’t help that at the time, many teens were listening to heavy metal bands that intertwined their rebellious music with satanic imagery and songs about the devil.
While satanism may eschew holy sites, gods and other tenets that are sacred to most religions, it places a high value on symbolism and art. “Satanists feel that we should proudly admire this most precious human capacity without the need to use mythological figures as distancing intermediaries.”
Maybe images of pierced, black-clad youths gathering at night, listening to hardcore death metal music and sacrificing animals? Nothing could be more far from truth. Think opposite. Welcome to the Satanic Realm of Anton Lavey.