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I think the Hail Satan? documentary is scheduled to be in UK movie theaters in August 2019. Not sure if/when this film will be shown in Continental Europe (& which specific countries). I think this documentary also starts online streaming in August 2019 too.
Additional information can probably be found at the official Twitter account:
https://twitter.com/hailsatanfilm?ref_src=twsrc^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^author
 

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A rather nastier type of Satanist, wouldn't be at home in the Satanic Temple. The new docuseries about him sounds "interesting".

“The Devil You Know,” a new docuseries premiering Aug. 27 on Viceland, explores the horrifying life of Pazuzu Algarad, a disturbed Satanist who ran a house of horrors.

Pazuzu Algarad (real name: John Lawson) was a self-proclaimed Satanist who reveled in extremeness. With a moniker borrowed from The Exorcist, a face covered in tattoos and his teeth sharpened to fine points, Pazuzu spent his days and nights in his Clemmons, North Carolina, home cutting himself and his buddies, drinking the blood of birds, doing copious drugs, performing ritual sacrifices of rabbits, staging nude orgies, and letting people do whatever they pleased to his abode—including popping a squat in the corner of a room, and then leaving the mess to be eaten by one of his many dogs.

“You know, all around having a good time,” as one former friend puts it.

Pazuzu was, it’s safe to say, an unhinged lunatic. But when he began boasting that he had committed murders, and had stored a body in his basement, covered in cat litter and bleach to hide the stench—a tactic that didn’t work, as most attest to the house reeking of filth and death—no one initially took him seriously. Including the cops.

That turned out to be a terrible mistake, as recounted by The Devil You Know, a five-part true-crime series premiering on Viceland Aug. 27. Its story is an inherently sensationalistic one filled with gory tales about Pazuzu’s heavy metal-scored psychosis, which drove him to recruit willing acolytes (including female lovers he donned “fiancées”) into his “fake Charles Manson” cult, and compelled him, post-9/11, to wear Islamic garb and claim Iraqi descent. “He wanted to be the bad guy,” says a former high school classmate, and in that regard, he succeeded, transforming himself from a miserable kid into a nightmarish adult who constructed a mini kingdom of anything-goes mayhem at 2749 Knob Hill Drive, with him as its charismatic king.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-manson-familys-youngest-member-tells-all-if-he-could-kill-strangers-he-could-kill-me
https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-d...nimal-sacrifices-orgies-and-murder?ref=scroll
 

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Satanism: A Social History
By Massimo Introvigne

A 17th-century French haberdasher invented the Black Mass. An 18th-century English Cabinet Minister administered the Eucharist to a baboon. High-ranking Catholic authorities in the 19th century believed that Satan appeared in Masonic lodges in the shape of a crocodile and played the piano there. A well-known scientist from the 20th century established a cult of the Antichrist and exploded in a laboratory experiment. Three Italian girls in 2000 sacrificed a nun to the Devil. A Black Metal band honored Satan in Krakow, Poland, in 2004 by exhibiting on stage 120 decapitated sheep heads. Some of these stories, as absurd as they might sound, were real. Others, which might appear to be equally well reported, are false. But even false stories have generated real societal reactions. For the first time, Massimo Introvigne proposes a general social history of Satanism and anti-Satanism, from the French Court of Louis XIV to the Satanic scares of the late 20th century, satanic themes in Black Metal music, the Church of Satan, and beyond.

https://books.google.com/books?id=nt8zDwAAQBAJ&lpg=PR5&pg=PR5#v=onepage&q&f=false
 

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Yes. I got a bit confused when I read J Steinbeck's Travels With Charlie, but it makes sense. He was in Texas at Christmas. Belly joy.
 

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Activists with The Satanic Temple say a now-former therapist in Canada has been pushing conspiracies about globe-spanning, mind-controlling cults for years. And after they exposed some of her professional talks to her licensing board, she voluntarily gave up her psychology license.

In June, a representative of The Satanic Temple sent a complaint about retired therapist Alison Miller to the College of Psychologists of British Columbia, the organization responsible for licensing psychologists in the province. Though Miller retired from practicing therapy in 2018, the complaint accused her of causing harm by spreading “the dangerous notion that satanic cults engage in ritual abuse of children” in her public speeches and published books.


https://gizmodo.com/canadian-therapist-gives-up-license-after-satanists-exp-1839605239
 

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Activists with The Satanic Temple say a now-former therapist in Canada has been pushing conspiracies about globe-spanning, mind-controlling cults for years. And after they exposed some of her professional talks to her licensing board, she voluntarily gave up her psychology license.
So it isn't only Russian troll farms involved in these absurd rumors? Good to know.
 

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“He wanted to be the bad guy,” says a former high school classmate, and in that regard, he succeeded, transforming himself from a miserable kid into a nightmarish adult who constructed a mini kingdom of anything-goes mayhem at 2749 Knob Hill Drive, with him as its charismatic king.
Knob Hill Drive... seems a fitting address.
 

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Hail Satan? is now on Netflix. Despite saying "Hail Satan!" a lot, it seemed to me they were actually atheists. Interesting how they are not officially being classified as a religion but as satirists. Some of the film is really funny, and it does make you think, but it is very America-centric.
 

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Hail Satan? is now on Netflix. Despite saying "Hail Satan!" a lot, it seemed to me they were actually atheists. Interesting how they are not officially being classified as a religion but as satirists. Some of the film is really funny, and it does make you think, but it is very America-centric.
I understand that the members of the Satanic Temple are actually atheists. And earlier this year, the Satanic Temple was offically recognized in the USA, by the IRS, as a "house of worship" (for tax purposes): https://www.bloomberg.com/news/arti...ple-gets-irs-nod-as-official-house-of-worship.
 

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Yes they are politically active, edgy atheists as I understand it.

They do quite a lot of good in the separation of church and state and that sort of thing.
There is not a whole lot of difference between the members of the Satanic Temple, American Atheists, and the Center for Inquiry supporters (among other smaller groups) in valuing science and reason above religious fundamentalism. If these groups worked together to do effective lobbying, they actually might accomplish something. Well, maybe not, since the US population is generally so ill-informed on religious matters, and half our politicians are so beholden to Christian conservativism and Biblical literalism that it's incredibly easy to make a mockery out of it all.

What I noticed from this movie is that the ST tactics are actually too intellectual to be understood by the majority of the American public.
 

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That's a damning conclusion, @Sharon Hill ! Certainly the ST seemed to face opposition from lots of people who did not understand that church and state were legally supposed to be separate, and that was enshrined in their Constitution. A lot of the confusion appeared to stem from the 1950s, where the USA pitted itself against Godless Communists, and a movie publicity campaign could seem like an official endorsement (those cheesy Ten Commandments monuments).

What bothered me more were those who persecuted innocent people in Satanic Panics with entirely invented accusations - but were never even arrested for their hate campaigns. The point the ST leaders made about Christian churches projecting their own abuses onto other, blameless groups and individuals really landed.
 

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That at least puts them on a level with Scientologists. Only, you know, with more morality.
I think that is a little unfair. I see them as less of a cult, and more of a political movement, that is using the USA's ridiculous laws that protect cults to undermine the cults, by pretending to be a religion like them.
 

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I think that is a little unfair. I see them as less of a cult, and more of a political movement, that is using the USA's ridiculous laws that protect cults to undermine the cults, by pretending to be a religion like them.
Well, I was kind of being facetious, but I'm not sure how religious the ST is, no matter how many ceremonies they stage.
 

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There is not a whole lot of difference between the members of the Satanic Temple, American Atheists, and the Center for Inquiry supporters (among other smaller groups) in valuing science and reason above religious fundamentalism. If these groups worked together to do effective lobbying, they actually might accomplish something. Well, maybe not, since the US population is generally so ill-informed on religious matters, and half our politicians are so beholden to Christian conservativism and Biblical literalism that it's incredibly easy to make a mockery out of it all.

What I noticed from this movie is that the ST tactics are actually too intellectual to be understood by the majority of the American public.
Quite right.
I am a long-time supporter of the CFI (both CFIs in fact! I believe the Charles Fort Institute had it first though).
 

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I've been travelling down the rabbit hole of the 60's music scene in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles this evening when I came across this interesting blog post on Satanic porn magazines of days gone by. Many of the covers featuring our old friend Anton La Vey. Who knew such a thing existed?
For a relatively demure NSFW adventure into naughty Nick's bedroom escapades click the link after the image. I like the copy... A nooner for Nina. Catchy!

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https://dangerousminds.net/comments/satan_is_back_with_boobs_pubes_and_rock_and_roll
 

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Beastly behaviour.

Satanists desecrate Grade I-listed village church by breaking in to carry out occult ceremonies and rituals
  • St Botolph’s Church in Lincolnshire is considered a 'demon' church by locals
  • Martin Chapman, 72, said witches slit the throats of animals inside the church
  • The Church of England said previous prayers will stop the site becoming evil
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...s-desecrated-Grade-listed-village-church.html
 

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Beastly behaviour.

Satanists desecrate Grade I-listed village church by breaking in to carry out occult ceremonies and rituals
  • St Botolph’s Church in Lincolnshire is considered a 'demon' church by locals
  • Martin Chapman, 72, said witches slit the throats of animals inside the church
  • The Church of England said previous prayers will stop the site becoming evil
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...s-desecrated-Grade-listed-village-church.html
There's more than 1 St Botolph's church in Lincolnshire. That useless article doesn't mention the name of the village.
By my powers of deduction, I worked out that it's Skidbrooke.
https://www.google.com/maps/@53.416...4!1s3Ete4oOemQg5n1y4tA6lXg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
 

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FFS did some kids break in with a home-made ouija board and now everyone's in a Satanic panic? Good detective work btw Myth.
I know, right? Hardly qualifies as a hotbed of Satanism.
 

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There's more than 1 St Botolph's church in Lincolnshire. That useless article doesn't mention the name of the village.
By my powers of deduction, I worked out that it's Skidbrooke.
https://www.google.com/maps/@53.416...4!1s3Ete4oOemQg5n1y4tA6lXg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
Stories like this about Skidbrooke Church have reared their heads with monotonous regularity for at least 30 years. Kids from our school would go out there for a laugh and when they got bored it would all quieten down again until the next generation came along and someone mentioned it to them. There really isn't much to do on the marshes.
 
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