Students at North Carolina State University recently launched a satanism club, one of several satanic groups that have formed around the country to ignite controversy on topics of religion and liberalism.
The club, which just completed its inaugural semester, is reportedly intended to agitate Christian students and popularize predefined progressive values.
“Satanic Students at NC State University” hope to encourage their embrace of progressive humanism, which includes an emphasis on empathy, scientific inquiry, and social justice, according to the group’s “get involved” website.
“The mission of Satanic Students at NC State University is to 1) encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, 2) reject tyrannical authority, 3) advocate scientific examination of the universe and our place in it, 4) promote morality and justice based on rational, humanistic values, and 5) be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will,” the website states.
Members of the group at North Carolina State say that their group will serve to counter strong Christian presence on campus.
“Our principles and those of objectivism overlap by a fair amount and believe that objectivists would find value in our group,” Satanic Students told The College Fix. “At future public meetings, we hope to perpetually refine our group’s mission through identifying, and challenging, consensus views among the membership; acting on those views when sufficient support is reached,”
Peter Aker, the president of Satanic Students at NC State and a junior studying chemical engineering, claimed in an interview with Technician that Satanism is not about worshiping Satan, but advancing liberal ideology. The Satanic Temple of Arizona’s “Menstruatin’ With Satan” campaign, he explained, is intended to distribute free feminine health care products to those in need.
“I want to start having more displays of symbology, like having chalkings around campus or putting up posters,” Aker said. “Fitting along the lines of these things like, believing in yourself or loving yourself, talking about individuality. But really it’s all up to the membership and what they want to do.”
Experts of the “spirit world” warned in a 2017 interview that the U.S. entertainment industry is entrenched with devil worshipers who are actively working to promote and normalize satanism in American culture.
Karl Payne, author of “Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization, and Deliverance,” claims the Hollywood is programming the public to not only become more secular and is desensitizing society to evil.
“All you have to do is turn on your television or head over to the movies, and you are going to see something in your home or something on the big screen that glorifies the occult, glorifies Spiritism, glorifies demonism,” said Payne, who is also pastor of Leadership Development and Christian Education at Antioch Bible Church and the former chaplain of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.
“We live in a culture that would make the satanic priest on TV look like a hero, and the Catholic preacher or Protestant preacher, they are always the geek, or they are always the homophobe,” he said. “They are always the serial killer hiding behind their collar.”
According to a 2017 column in Crisis Magazine, satanism is on the rise in America. “After School Satan Clubs” as well as efforts to get Satanic monuments erected on public land are increasingly underway, the publication notes.
“The real issue is all about the mainstreaming of Satanism in America. Much as the same-sex ‘marriage’ debate was about acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle, so also Satanic groups seek social acceptance,” according to the column. “Indeed, this is what the Satanists themselves declare. For them, it has nothing to do with religious practices. Many of them even allege they have none. They simply want to mainstream Satanism so that it will be viewed as normal.”
“… As long as the devil is rejected in the minds of people anywhere, there remains some objective distinction between good and evil.”