patrickaa317 wrote: Juan_Bottom wrote: patrickaa317 wrote:
Symmetry wrote:Simply hoping to clarify, just in case you weren't au fait with the Satanism part- to be fair, you seemed a bit confused by it.
Not confused. Just a label that people use. I tend not to argue labels, especially when it is intended to be more of a fear inspired label, rather than an a label of accuracy.
If you're implying that being called a Satanist is a fear-inspiring label; you're completely wrong. In the Huxley - inspired world of scary religions its closer to being called a trekkie.
It's also a pretty accurate label in the instance that I used it.
I view calling someone a Satanist a fear-inspiring label as many people do not fully understand the Church of Satan and what it stands for.
And "pretty" accurate is another way of saying not entirely accurate; or another way of saying there were some similarities but they are not completely similar.
It's a provocative label, but I don't think JB is at fault for provoking you to think about the terms you or I employ a little more critically. Pretty accurate would suggest that he was mostly right, no? Where do you see the dissimilarities? At its core, Satanism is very similar to Rand's philosophy. It's not really enough to say that Ryan said he rejects Rand, or that Ryan doesn't identify himself as Satanic.
His arguments seem largely to be the same at their core. Where do you see a divergence?
the world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it- Albert Einstein