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The Church of Satan is an organization dedicated to the philosophy of LaVeyan Satanism as codified in The Satanic Bible. The Church of Satan was established at the Black House in San Francisco, California, on Walpurgisnacht, April 30, 1966, by Anton Szandor LaVey, who was the church’s High Priest until his death in 1997.[1] In 2001, Peter H. Gilmore became the high priest, and the church’s headquarters were moved to Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan.

The Church of Satan describes its structural basis as a cabal that is “…maintained as an underground cell-system of individuals who share the basis of [our] philosophy”.[2] Membership to the Church of Satan is available on two levels: registered membership and active membership.[3] Registered members are simply those who choose to affiliate on a formal level by filing out the required information and sending a one time registration fee of two-hundred dollars, wherein an individual will receive an “…embossed crimson card” declaring them a member of the Church of Satan.[4] Active membership is available for those who wish to take a more active role in the organization, and is subject to the completion of a more comprehensive application.[5]

The Church of Satan also provides wedding and funeral services to members if they so choose. Such ceremonies are performed by a member of the church’s priesthood.[6][7]

The Satanic Wedding Ceremony and The Satanic Funeral Rite were first made available to the public when published in The Satanic Scriptures.[8]

The Church of Satan states that there are a number of Satanists around the world, including both members and non-members. It often rejects the legitimacy of any other organizations of Satanists, dubbing them reverse-Christians, pseudo-Satanists or Devil worshipers.[9]Today, the Church of Satan promotes itself as the only authentic representation of Satanism, and it routinely publishes materials underscoring this contention.[10]

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