I have done these in 9 statements as they appeared on the main TST website when i looked and not as the traditional 7 tenets however I’ve tried to break things down enough so that it still fits within the original 7 model.
1.One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason
What a vague statement which can be interpreted in so many ways and used however anyone sees fit on all sides of an argument.
The use of the word ‘strive’ suggests that you are going to fail on many an occasion but it’s ok as long as you tried.
Compassion and empathy are also words that are very open to interpretation and confusion especially when put into different situations. See below link for examples
And finally, “in accordance with reason” – meaning what exactly? If you can justify not acting with compassion and empathy because it fits with your views, then is it fine to do so?
So essentially this sentence says nothing other than be nice when you feel like it or be an arsehole as long as you can justify it. Isn’t that what people generally do anyway, act how they feel justified to do?
2.the struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions
Who gets to define ‘justice’? what if the group as a whole does not reach an agreement on what a just action is? Do you have to follow in toe with what the unelected ‘leaders’ decide is the just action?
The statement “should prevail over laws and institutions” suggests that TST think they are above the law as they are the ones that decide what is just in society. What legitimates their view of justice?
If justice is defined by the leaders of TST, are these leaders elected by vote to speak for the group? If not, how are they accountable? otherwise are these individuals not just dictators telling those beneath them what to do?
3.one’s body alone is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone
This I think is actually a worthy one!
However there are a few instances where we might draw a line in the sand to make exemptions, like mental illness or even stepping in during addictions.
It’s also not the best for anyone outside of any western ideals!
This I feel also take away any form of personal responsibility with regard to society at large, for example, someone who gets a face tattoo and then complains that they are being discriminated against at work.
You could just cry that this tenet has been broken and then that is an injustice against them. You might then be stuck in a loop where the individual is always right as they can always play the victim to get their own way like a spoilt child.
However in my opinion the afore mentioned example does not show any compassion and empathy towards others in my opinion.
4.the freedom of others should be respected including the freedom to offend
How often is the freedom of others to speak and think differently not observed by members of TST? When TST are offended, which often springs them into action with their ‘pursuit for justice’ they do so In a way that will cause the most offence to the other group while hiding behind their tenets and black robes!
Mob mentality is also used just like any other cult or religious group to shut down a conversation or silence way of thinking that isn’t agreed with or puts into question their ‘beliefs’. Once a conversation is shut down, it’s normally met with the attitude that justice has been served. These people’s minds haven’t been changed, they have just gone underground with their ideas.
However the only way to change an opinion is to open a conversation with someone of an opposite stand point, find a common starting point and exchange in a dialogue.
5.to willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedom of others is to forgo your own.
To “unjustly encroach” – again another phrase that leaves things most open to interpretation. Just in the same way as with justice, who defines what is unjust? The individual? The group?
At what point does this tenet not get flipped if another individual feels that TST’s actions are unjustly encroaching on their freedoms.
The major one I see TST encroaching on is others freedom to speak when they disagree with an opinion.
I’d also go so far as to say they encroach on the freedom of every Satanist that is not a member of TST by trying to speak for them even if they do not agree with their views.
6.Beliefs should confirm to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs
How do they define ‘belief’? as I see it there are two different uses of belief in the sentence alone!
The first use of the word belief would suggest one of a spiritual nature that would fit into the subjective and so be outside of scientific understanding anyway. This description would fit with the majority of religious and occult practices. But hang on, don’t TST describe themselves as a religion? Or is that only when it suits in a legal matter!!
However isn’t distorting scientific fact a common occurrence in lots of different institutions especially when it comes to statistics and persuading people to think and act in different ways? This would be the second meaning of belief, what an individual thinks is right. The only way to do this would be to present more than one side of the facts in an argument. Something I’ve never seen TST do!
7.People are fallible. If we make a mistake we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.
I have never seen any evidence of this with TST, does that mean that TST are never wrong?
As far as I’ve experienced it or have been related , errors are generally covered up, deleted or termed unofficial by their leaders.
This also remined me a lot of a few of the AA 12 steps
9. make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so will injure them or others
10.Continue to take personal inventory and when wrong promptly admit it.
It’s the idea of admitting our faults. I agree with this point, however many Satanist, will see it as a sign of weakness and harmful to their own ego.
8. Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought
So now these are just guidelines and don’t really need to be followed or can be ignored whenever you feel like it. Sounds like a good get out clause if you’re hypocritical and don’t follow a short and very brief set of tenets.
Even worse when the meaning of the word tenet is ‘a principle or belief, especially one of the main principles of a religion or philosophy’
I’m not sure what is meant by the phrase “inspire nobility”? Again a very open statement especially the next part about “nobility in thought and action”. what is a noble thought or action?
Would one the performance art pieces where they poured milk on each other dressed in baby masks be classed as a act of nobility? I think not! Manybe the act of nobility comes from the campaigns and not the stunts to get media attention highlighted on the issues? However none of the issues are ever fully discussed even when this attention has been attained by the media
I looked up nobility as well to see if that would help matters but that definition is about as fluffy as the TST tenet it comes from!!
Does the idea of ‘nobility’ suggest that these individuals think they are better than everybody else?
9.the spirit of compassion, wisdom and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.
More fluff again, but as I understand it just a rewording of ‘actions speak louder than words’ or even action is more important than words. My wife however read it more as it’s ok to break the written rules or the given word/promise if it’s in the spirit of compassion, wisdom and justice.
The problem is that the spirit of something is not the thing itself…. me making a courgette cake might be in the spirit of healthy eating but it will seem more like lip-service looking at the chocolate egg collection
Saying you’re doing something in the spirit of this and that is very much a turn of phrase used by traditional churches especially the catholic church – it leaves everything to individual judgement and then a huge grey area when it comes to being accountable
In that case we should take TST only by their actions and not by what they say or write because words are hollow.
In my opinion their actions show them to be childish fools upset and acting out at the more dominant religion in their countries, namely Christianity, as they seem to be very sympathetic towards most others if they mention them at all.
I would also like to make a point here to mention the fact that in not one of these tenets is there a mention of Satan or even the Romantic era of Satanism they claim to be inspired by. There is not even a mention of the Revolt of Angels that they claim to be the inspiration of their thought process.
With no official texts or collaborative work but a group of vague, non-committing sentences we have nothing more than a reactionary cult group of followers who do the deeds of their leaders
Ben Dean, Chairman 2018