Is Devil Worship A Symptom of Psychosis?

High Priest John Allee, First Church of Satan

Often, I have been criticized for strongly suggesting a solid line of demarcation be drawn between Satanism and what is commonly referred to as "devil worship." I'd like to take this argument one step further and declare that devil worship is often a symptom of psychosis.

Why do I make such a strong statement? Simply put, SEEING IS BELIEVING. As a visible spokesperson for Satanism, I have received emails and letters from people who see the devil as a final refuge in their flee from sanity. This has occured over many years and continues to this day.

Like it or not, most people equate the morals and values inherent in a system to its mainstream religious philosophy. For example, the sociopath living in North America or Britain or Australia will exhibit anti-social behavior and often anti-Christian behavior as well! The devil becomes an icon to which they are inevitably drawn.

The type of individual I am describing would naturally see me as the devil's representative. Therefore, the following ACTUAL MESSAGES I've received should come as no surprise:

[beginning of message]

"MY FAMILY ARE FU@#ING CATHOLIC AND I ATTEMPTED TO MURDER MY FATHER RECENTLY! I KICKED HIM IN THE HEAD UNTIL HE WENT INTO HAVING A FIT!! I DO NOT LIKE MY FAMILY OR THEIR PHEROMONES, ETC AND IF I SUCCESSFULLY BEAT?KICK MY FATHER TO DEATH NEXT TIME JUST REMEMBER!!! People ANNOY ME UNTIL I VIRTUALLY KICK MY FATHER AND REGULARLY BEAT MY MOTHER! LEGALISE CANNABIS BEFORE I KICK MY DAD TO DEATH AGAIN. I WILL NEVER FORGIVE GOD, JESUS, THE WORLD, WHOEVER IT IS FOR:

LEGALISING 'GAY MARRIAGE' BEFORE CANNABIS!!!!
LEGALISING 'GAY CONSENT' BEFORE CANNABIS!!!
LEGALISING 'GAY ADOPTION' BEFORE CANNABIS!!!!
LETTING XTIANS SMAOKE CANNABIS WHEN IT IS SATANIC!!!
LETTING XTIANS HAVE MY SATANMAS PRESENTS LIKE DOOM3 ON X-BOX!
HAVING CANNABIS ILLEGAL RATHER THAN A SATANMAS GIFT JUST FOR SATANISTS!!!

Please just remember I absolutely do not FORGIVE IT!!! CANNABIS IS TOO GOOD FOR XTIANS, JEWS, SIHKS, MORMONS, MUSLIMS AND ATHIESTS!! CANNABIS IS JUST FOR US!

NOW EVERYTIME I THINK HOW LONG IT HAS BEEN ILLEGAL, I JUST THINK HOW LONG THE GAY CUNTS HAVE BEEN MARRIED BEFORE MY SMOKE IS LEGAL, IT DOESN'T JUST GO BACK TO THE '71 'MISUSE OF DRUGS' BY NOW!

DEATH TO POOFS, GAYS, QUEERS AND BENDER CUNTS!!! LEGALISE CANNABIS!! LEGALISE CANNABIS! LEGALISE CANNABIS! Another day of sexual frustration I DID NOT COPE WITH!! I DID NOT ATTEMPT SUICIDE again today, but fu@# me I did not COPE WITH IT! Another day where commiting suicide is the main thought crossing my mind raher than being married!!

Cast a spell so that the next girl i DESIRE asks me out as her boyfriend! DO IT! DONT REGRET IT! DO IT FOR ME! JUST DO IT!! I DONT WANT TO HAVE TO SEND 'Allah Maphomet Mohamed Satan' another donation directlt to hell from you on HOW STINGY LONDON GIRLS ARE WITH SEX TO ME. I HATED SEX THINGS ABOUT LONDON SILENT GIRL. LONDON IS BLOWN UP NOW BECAUSE ITS GIRL IGNORES ME! Cast the spell i wish before my furious MAster Satan destroys Frigid London for ME AGAIN!!!!

Hail Satan! Hail Satanus!

(name witheld)

ps. Where is my membership pack??"

[end of message]

Here's another message I recently received:

"I have had Star Wars, the personal computer and several other things stolen from me back in the 60's. I have been radio wave tortured to the point of severe disfigurement and been on infrasound and government mind reading equipment since I was very little as well as psycho tortured by u.s. government all my life. I am currently being punished by Billy Graham and Chuck Smith intraskull. I have tried all my life to embrace the occult and find an alternative to shortwave christianity. I am currently being tortured for following the Ancient Ones-not yaweh, jesus or the holy spirit. The government is turning me into a lucas physical dpuplicate all the way down to withered skin, plumping by radiowave and hair loss. They have melted my breasts and vaginal and anal tissues. I can no longer defecate without the government moving my bowels. I hope it is better for you than it is for me."

HP Allee's summary:

In closing, I would like to state that REAL SATANISM is not anti-god or anti-religion or anti-government or anti-anything, and it does not lend itself to psychosis. Personal divinity has nothing to do with a diminished ego or fractured psyche. Intolerance is the symptom of a mind that does not fully embrace/exalt the Self. As you begin to love yourself internally, the healing begins and your outward view begins to change as well. The world becomes a more hospitable place.

JDA/lca 2005 First Church of Satan