“In addition to Jarry’s belief that Judaism and Satanism can co-exist, there are parallels with how Judaism and Satanism have been branded by their detractors, he said.”
–Times of Israel
The Times of Israel has published an interesting article about Malcom Jarry, a co-founder of the Satanic Temple. The article, seemingly without intending to, offers us perhaps a few insights into why Satanism might be undergoing such a resurgence in America at present.
Jarry is identified in the article as a “secular Jew” and an avid supporter of Israel, and quoted in it are some Jewish residents of Salem, Massachusetts–home to America’s newest Satanic church–who seem to be altogether agreeable to having such a house of worship in their community.
But the main points of interest consist of Jarry’s views on the state of Israel and his view that Judaism and Satanism are mutually compatible. Here’s a bit from the article:
For the 49-year-old Jarry, there is not much conflict between being Jewish and a Satanist. As a matter of fact, the two identities have come to inform each other, he said.
“I see it like Buddhism,” said Jarry. “Satanism is something that can co-exist with being a Jew,” he said.
In addition to Jarry’s belief that Judaism and Satanism can co-exist, there are parallels with how Judaism and Satanism have been branded by their detractors, he said.
“The false accusations that have been thrown at Jews historically are similar to what some people say about Satanism,” said Jarry, mentioning accusations of blood libel and — more recently — fabricated allegations that Israel perpetrates genocide against Palestinian children.
“I do not accept when people delegitimize Israel or use lies to marginalize Israel,” said Jarry. “I am an unwavering supporter of Israel, so long as it remains democratic, pluralistic, and protects human rights.”
So there you have it on the authority of a Jewish Satanist–that the resurgence of Satanism in America has transpired concurrent to the rise of Jews to the pinnacle of political and economic power is no coincidence. The two identities, after all, have “come to inform each other,” as it’s stated.
By the way, you might also go here to watch a commentary on Jarry and the Times of Israel article posted on YouTube, although be advised the video maker seems a tad bit naive on a few points. Jarry’s lionization of the apartheid state has, it seems, caused her to rethink her position on the Satanic Temple–an entity which otherwise she had regarded with a certain amount of “respect.”
I’ll close on another note, and this may seem off the subject, although perhaps not entirely so. Yesterday was Hillary Clinton’s birthday. I found the following cartoon posted today at Sputnik: