I noted some arguments in some of the discussions relating to Satanists and I know I have added my two-cents on this topic a few times over the years but I guess it's time to restate and add to some things. If I had the time today I would gladly jump into a couple of topics but I don't want to do a hit and run in the discussions, so a blog is likely the better route...lol :)
Anyway, it seems that some are taken aback at Satanists calling themselves Pagan or Satanists being on the site...Yada, Yada, Yada and such but here's my response to the anti-satanist thoughts and basically the use of the KJV of the Bible as an arguing point ~ that Satanist' worship the devil etc and are not Pagan etc.
Here's my thoughts, however ignorant they may seem to some...lol
I believe that what some fail to note is that whether they like it or not, many Christians (not by far all, things are changing) and the Bible basically relates those who fall outside of the Christian faith are following > Satan. (ie: Basically, either you are a Christian or you are not). Now, before that is taken out of context; not all Christians follow this thinking but if someone is going to lay merit on terminology and wording found in the King James Version of the Bible then you should look at all and not just the portion which fits the argument. In other words, to many Christians Pagans are and will always be Satanists whether Pagans etc. believe in the concept of Satan as an entity or as The Adversary or not (see my above ie:)
I have no qualms with Satanist's or Christians or any other belief form being on this site and in truth, if that decision bothers anyone to the point of aggravation, anger or whatever negative form it may bring > then always remember that people are on this site by choice and not because they are required to be.
On another note, Witch is also a word portrayed negatively by the Bible (KJV) but yet, that does not mean that we are worshiping or in league with the Christian devil just because it infers that; so if we are to assume that we should throw out certain terms or disassociate terms which could make us sound bad because of Biblical arguments then that standard should be held all the way - which unfortunately would squash out most terms we all use to describe our beliefs.
To sum this up, Satan as a title (The Adversary) or an entity is only a word, a word which carries differing meanings Dependant on who you ask or what you reference. To denounce Satanists, Heathens or any other belief system that some may feel is not socially acceptable enough for the word Paganism (don't get me started on the debate about the meaning of that word...lol) is IMO absurd because in using the Bible as a source reference it appears they are basically laying claim to the validity of the existence of Satan but also that the Pagan Gods were also devils, as they & their followers (Pagans) & any other belief system outside of Christianity were considered by many the Adversary of the Christian Church - IE: Satanist.
OK I'm done; I just thought I should blog my thoughts, however confusing they may sound...lol