What Are Patron Sinners?
A patron sinner is a historical figure who particularly exemplifies Satanic values or ideals. Patron sinners are usually subversives, social critics, revolutionaries, artists, heretics, or criminals, although any person can be a great sinner if they significantly undermine arbitrary authority or bankrupt social norms.
Sinners often also have a certain je ne sais quoi that makes them seem at least a bit edgier or more challenging than superficially similar activists or artists, and many of them are people we believe have not received due fame or attention.
Bay Area Satanists nominate sinners once per year. Final selections are made via secret rite (secret because we’re always changing it…) and inducted at our yearly Walpurgisnacht celebration on or around April 30.
Praising figures from the past always gets sticky, because more likely than not someone whose ideals or actions we admire also held some other belief we find objectionable, and the judgment calls involved with deciding who it’s appropriate to praise are very subjective.
Still, we’re not calling any of these people saints—definitively.
“I’ve built a career out of negative reviews.”
“Disobedience is man’s original virtue.”
“The time is always now.”
“They tell us, these tyrants, that they adore a god of peace.”
“We are all aliens.”
“I have made a full confession and have nothing more to say.”
Margo St James
“We have the right to fuck whoever we want.”
“I’m going to be so bad I’ll always be remembered.”
“Hello Satan; it’s time to go.”
“When I start to fear death, I order a massage and it goes away.”
“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”
Hunter S. Thompson
“Morality is temporary; wisdom is permanent.”
“Movie maven, filmmaker, cult leader.”
“Beautiful, valiant, generous, and supremely unchaste.”
“Lincoln can put them to good use.”
“Satan, take pity on my long misery!”
Marsha P. Johnson
“History happens because of decisions that sometimes are very impulsive.”
“Protest confers dignity.”
“I was never good at organizations. I was always myself.”
“Without deviation, progress is impossible.”
Mary Ellen Pleasant
“A demon from first to last.”
“The Semmelweis Effect: The tendency to reject new evidence if it challenges established norms.”
“To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing.”
Madalyn Murray O’Hair
“Woman, atheist, anarchist: That’s me.”
“United we stand, divided they catch us one by one.”
“The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.”
Stephanie St. Clair
“I’d rather be a lamppost in Harlem than a governor in Georgia.”
“She often restored the dead to life.”
Vine Deloria Jr.
“For this land, god is red.”
“You’ve got to have something to eat and a little love before you can hold still for any damn body’s sermon.”