First Satanic Church
|First Satanic Church|
|Classification||Religious organization, magical order|
|Scripture||The Satanic Bible|
|High Priestess||Karla LaVey|
|Headquarters||San Francisco, California|
|Origin||October 31, 1999
San Francisco, California
|Separated from||Church of Satan|
The First Satanic Church is an organization founded by Karla LaVey on October 31, 1999, in San Francisco, California, that is dedicated to LaVeyan Satanism as codified by Anton LaVey in The Satanic Bible. The church's stated mission is to carry on the legacy of Anton LaVey through "the study of Satanism and the occult sciences". The church operates The 600 Club, an internet forum dedicated to discussions of Satanism.
The church's website claims the organization to have been founded in 1966, and the 1999 date to be a "re-establishment" of the Church of Satan, claiming direct continuity with Anton LaVey. Karla asserts that she is re-representing the original teachings of her father from which the current administration of the Church of Satan has departed, and maintains an elitist stance of her fathers original organization. Anton LaVey's book, The Satanic Bible is stated as required reading prior to joining the First Satanic Church.
On Walpurgisnacht, April 30, 1966, Anton LaVey founded the "The Satanic Church" (which he would later rename the "Church of Satan"). On October 29, 1997, Anton LaVey died of pulmonary edema. On November 7, 1997, Karla held a press conference to announce Anton's death. It was at this time that Blanche Barton and Karla LaVey announced that they would run the Church of Satan as co-High Priestesses. Several days later, Barton produced a hand written will claiming that LaVey had left all of his belongings, property, writings, and royalties, including the Church of Satan, to be put in a trust managed by Barton. Karla contested this will, which was later found to be invalid. A settlement was later reached in which Anton’s belongings, writings, and royalties would be split among his three children and that Barton would receive the “corporation known as Church of Satan.”
Blanche Barton, LaVey's partner and confidant, assumed the administrative role of the Church. Shortly thereafter, Barton appointed Peter H. Gilmore and his wife Peggy Nadramia to the positions of High Priest and Priestess, and the Church's headquarters were subsequently moved to New York City. Karla was critical of Barton's administration of the Church, as she felt the Church's move to New York to be a disservice to her father's legacy. Ms. LaVey and Barton's parting of ways was primarily due to legal disputes regarding Anton LaVey's will and inheritance. Consequently, Karla founded the "The First Satanic Church" to carry on the legacy of her father, and continues to run it out of San Francisco, California.
The organization maintains only a modest internet presence. The church held a Walpurgisnacht Show in April 2005 at the 12 Galaxies nightclub in San Francisco, as well as a pre-Halloween benefit show in October 2005 at Edinburgh Castle (also in San Francisco) to help the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Since 1998, the Satanic Church has been presenting its Annual Black X-Mass Show every December. These events are open to the public, although membership is not open to the public.
Karla LaVey hosts a Satanic radio show every week in San Francisco in which she talks and plays the music that she grew up enjoying with her father. Listeners are encouraged to send in their CDs for playing.
- About the Church
- Controversial New Religions & James R. Lewis, Jesper Aagaard Petersen 2005.
- Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America & Eugene V. Gallagher, W. Michael Ashcraft 2006.
- Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices & J. Gordon Melton, Martin Baumann 2010.
- First Satanic Church Answers.com
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