Hail Satan: the original furry
by Patch O'Furr
Recently, furries are debating about appearing in ads, with fear of commercializing like a devil’s bargain with corporations. They’re saying “Keep furry weird“. Let’s help.
Pride month just passed. Yay, now it’s time for all the other sins!
Hey furries, go Envy some cute costumes. Have Greed for art you don’t need (but you deserve it). Be a Glutton for hugs. Lust for a fursuit crush. Give Wrath for bigots. Enjoy Sloth after a furry con. Why not? Does anyone actually want to go to heaven, the eternally boring place for goodie-two-shoes with no good parties?
Hell is where to find real fun and friends. It’s like a furry convention. If you go there for doing just ONE sin… you might as well go for broke.
Of course those places are fairy tales. Bronze-age sheep herders made invisible friends to herd the masses to serve powerful elites. Superstitious storytelling is only as worthy as the meaning it brings. (Bibles can be good story sources, no argument there). That’s one skeptical opinion, anyways.
That’s why Satanists we’re talking about today don’t worship a deity. They’re just atheists with a grin, and pranksters with a point. Satan isn’t real, but they’re all about owning the power of a symbol.
He stands for rebellion against hypocrisy, nonconformity towards injustice, individual freedom, and Luciferian enlightenment. Religion vilifies disobedience, but it’s healthy to think for yourself. If a serpent gives you an apple, go ahead and take a bite, because you know what they say about an apple a day.
If you think about it, furry fandom is based on symbolism and totemism. You can even say Satan is the original furry.
Hell has a fursuit lounge
The Rebel Angel has rocked a fursona since they wrote the bible. He’s a baaadaaass goat or a ssssweet ssssnake. He was despised in mainstream media of the day (sermons, scriptures and art commissions for royal patrons), but his symbolism grew hairy legs to carry it far and wide. It’s hard to keep the devil down when he has all the fun, fashion, music and sex. Satan is a sexy beast. If you play heavy metal backwards, they don’t say 666, they say Yiff Yiff Yiff.
The furry fandom also thrives against mockery, with freakitude that keeps it independent. Furries are used to being vilified (often a socially-acceptable excuse for bullying). Meanwhile they do lots of fundraising for charity at their conventions. The Satanists I’m talking about are nice to animals too (sacrificing them is against their tenets.)
Fandoms have drama, and it’s no different for Satan’s fans. A little history is in order.
Until recently, “real Satanism” was mostly a fake accusation by overzealous Christians targeting anyone they called enemies. That caused Satanic Panic, a pop-culture influenced literal witch-hunt of the 1980’s. It was a generation after the rise of civil rights for minorities, with growing class division and fear of The Other. “Women’s lib” had both parents at work with new worry about “latchkey kids” and Stranger Danger, while kids discovered Dungeons and Dragons, heavy metal, and mature comics and cartoons (and lots of them turned into furries!)
The panic was a sensationalized distraction from unrest in society and at home. There were no sacrifices to Satan of course. The real victims were scapegoats:
In the 1980s, allegations of ritual abuse at a preschool in Southern California led to the longest, most expensive trial in U.S. history. The McMartin Preschool case — which resulted in zero convictions — became emblematic of a much more widespread phenomenon known as Satanic Panic. – Gizmodo
Fake scandals stoked conservative Think Of The Children fear-mongering. (Furries may sympathize… Yiff Panic? Judgement in a Connecticut town shows it’s still not safe to be openly furry.) Meanwhile, popes protected pedophile priests. The projection, hypocrisy and power abuse inspires protest by modern Satanists.
The Tentacles of Satanic Beliefs
That’s context, and now let’s look inside modern Satanism. It has a split between Theists who actually believe in a spiritual being, and Rationalists who follow tenets popularized by 1960’s counterculture icon Anton LaVey (who wrote the atheistic “Satanic Bible”).
Another split is The Church of Satan vs. The Satanic Temple. The Church gets criticism for being lame, irrelevant supporters of fascist-like misanthropy. (UPDATE: Thanks to Troj for sharing a better informed opinion to say don’t judge so fast.) The Temple eschews that to focus on entertaining, artistic stunts, shows and protests for actually liberal goals. Their Satan isn’t just a symbol for shock value, he stands for positive action.
The Satanic Temple acts for free speech, separation of church and state, and enlightenment. Their After School Satan program uses equal access by law to school facilities, to spread free-thinking against Christian evangelism. They protested a Ten Commandments monument at Oklahoma’ capital as unfair use of public property for one religion. Hilariously, they built an amazing sculpted bronze Baphomet monument to put next to it. The IRS counts them as a tax-exempt religious organization!
To be honest, this all used to strike me as “edgy” as heck. I’m not an edgelord (shhh, don’t tell anyone about the shirt I wore in the 90’s that said “Smoke Crack and Worship Satan”.) Then I saw the absolutely delightful documentary about The Satanic Temple that came out in 2019.
When I saw it, my one criticism was wishing for more in-depth looking at the 1980’s Satanic Panic, perhaps by interviewing victims — but of course that would take more time and budget than just a small glance in a very well made movie.
Go see the movie. It inspired me to chat with a Satanic Furry who is actually at the Temple in Salem, MA. Come back tomorrow for that. Or else.
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For future (and current, I suppose) cases of “selling out” to The Mainstream, how about an IMVUxFA-style compromise? And by “compromise”, I mean “few-if-any strings attached” financial support. I certainly haven’t seen any decrease at all in the level of sinful debauchery on FA since the IMVU acquisition… 😛
Remember how it was “the sky is falling” and everyone predicted disaster for the fandom… and… nothing changed
Perhaps interview some furry CoS members before just going with the “lame, irrelevant fascists” handwave—after all, the Church just made the news for publishing an official essay in unambiguous support of the trans community.
The CoS is cautious about taking strong political stances unless they directly relate to the core philosophy, because it wants its members to be able exercise freedom of conscience. That there some extremely squeaky wheels in the CoS has led to the misconception that the organization itself is fascist or right-leaning, when that is absolutely not the case.
If you look deeper, and don’t just zero in on the loudest or most famous people, you see great political diversity within the organization itself.
So, just some food for thought.
Grr, awkward wording, sorry, tired.
They published an essay stating their unambiguous support of the trans community, rather. You know what I mean. 🙂
Point being, it absolutely behooves misunderstood and maligned people to do their homework before just repeating talking points, misconceptions, or myths about other misunderstood and maligned people, IMHO. Underdogs, outsiders, and fringe-dwellers need to stick together at least in that respect!
Should I take this seriously or Its just a troll or metaphor/comparision ? Becouse I’m a Christian, I have strong Interest in anthropomorphic animals, I would like to join a furry fandom, I know that there are some Christians in the fandom, but this makes me feel really uncomfortable. Please reply it means to me a lot. (I know that you did also a chat/interview with a satanic furry, but it was just a interview) btw sorry for posting it twice or triple times, I’m using this website for first time.
It’s not serious, not here anyways. Basically, any organization has bad behavior and taking power for granted. If ones like the Catholic Church didn’t abuse power, there would be no need for counterpunching like with the TOS putting a bronze Baphomet next to a Ten Commandments on government property. (There’s free speech, but the government isn’t supposed to put any religion over others.)
So, this article is just about culture and its discontented side, and stories and symbolism. Not to cause a problem to you. It’s totally fine to be a christian and a furry. If there’s no anti-gay stuff (or other hate) coming in with it, nobody should bug you about it, and you can surely find some good groups with like minded friends. I would share stories from them too. Can’t say I’ve had great experiences with churches but I can definitely appreciate the power of stories, like CS Lewis did some great writing.
Alright thanks! 😁. Btw what symbolism/totemism, culture and discontented side do you mean ? You thought satanism or the fandom ? Becouse this article was probably based to more explain satanism, then connection with furry fandom right ? (Just need to be sure). Becouse technically we can say that the Baphomet is a furry but not really – he is half human, half goat and furries are anthropomorphic animals. And Satan as a snake in the bible was just a snake not a furry. But to that, that I’m a Christian and I wanna join the fandom. First I’m not racist. I don’t judge anyone and I personally have nothing against LGBTQIA+ community, till they don’t do anything to me. And also you explained that satanism in this article (if it was point) in kinda edgy way, but now I understand almost everything you wrote. I also read some articles about satanism and to be honest I was more pleasantly surprised then freaked out. Members seems to me as a pretty nice people (not all although) but they aren’t that bad as I expected. But anyways to me is a bad religion from that point that Satan is a enemy of God (hope you know what I mean). I don’t judge them, every person has it own personal beleifs, but technically Christianity can be considered as a (no ofense I’ll explain) kinda better religion then Satanism becouse Satan is a fallen angel that was working for god firstly (hope I doesn’t offend anyone) Its just my oppinion. So thats it
My shallow understanding is from one movie, wikipedia, and a casual chat hahaha
So thanks, good comment and happy to hear from someone who knows better 🙂