The serpent Satan beguiling Eve is the most famous of all myths about the devil–and it never happened. Here’s the annoying reason people believe it anyway.
“Belief in Satan is a very old conspiracy theory,” folklorist Bill Ellis says. There is no “new Satanic Panic”: The panic was old when religion was young.
Most of our Bay Area Satanists don’t need to hear this. Most of you would get the vaccine this second even if it meant biting into a cactus like an apple.
Many of the tropes we take for granted about Satanism have roots in anti-Jewish bigotry, although like the appeal of George Burns, they can be hard to place.