Satanism is commonly mis-associated with death, destruction, murder, rape, abduction, human and animal sacrifice, and other such sinister and evil acts thanks to the mass media and ignorant fools who claim their violent acts in the name of Satan. Misinterpretation and misinformation has led a nation blind towards a hatred of something they quite simply do not understand.
The Church of Satan was founded in 1966 in San Francisco on Walpurgis Night, a pagan holiday held on April thirtieth celebrating the arrival of Spring, by Chicago-native Anton Szandor LaVey. Its rules and principles are dictated by LaVey's book The Satanic Bible, first published in 1969, and other such works by LaVey, however, its most basic and essential principle or dogma is quite simple: You Are God. LaVey's Church of Satan promotes the Seven Deadly Sins and encourages members to do whatever they feel like doing, whatever makes them feel good. It does not, however, promote murder, rape, abduction, or the sacrifice o