“Talk of the devil and he’s at your elbow.” This discourages talking about the devil…which is defeated by the popularity of the proverb.
As a kid reading Bradbury, I worried my elders might take away my monsters. As an adult, I see that some “monsters” are people—and need us.
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.
Curiosity-seekers sometimes ask: As atheists, how do Satanists cope with death? Which I find a strange question. What makes you think anyone copes?
Conspiracy assholes believe they’re special, but from Procter & Gamble to the Wayfair scare, they’re working off a script from thousands of years ago.