Church of Satan is an organization dedicated to the acceptance of human physical (Man’s carnal self). The Church of Satan was founded in San Francisco, California , on the night of Walpurgis 30 April 1966 by Anton Szandor LaVey .Anton LaVey became the High Priest of this church until his death in 1997.
In the 1950s, Anton LaVey formed a group called The Order of the trapezoid , which later turned into a corporate board of the Church of Satan. People who engage in activities LaVey included Carin de Plessen (who grew up in the Palace of the Kingdom of Denmark), Dr. Cecil Nixon (magician, eccentric, and inventor of the automaton), film director Kenneth Anger, city assessors Russell Wolden, Donald Werby, anthropologist Michael Harner, and writer Shana Alexander. LaVey other colleagues at that time included writers of horror fiction and science fiction Anthony Boucher, August Derleth, Robert Barbour Johnson, Reginald Bretnor, Emil Petaja, Stuart Palmer, Clark Ashton Smith, Forrest J. Ackerman, and Fritz Leiber Jr..
In the first year of its establishment, the Church of Satan Anton LaVey and get great media attention by publicly perform ceremonial Satanic marriage between Judith Case with radical journalist John Raymond. This wedding was photographed by Joe Rosenthal, famous by a photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima during World War II. Another event that also attracted the attention of the members of the Church of Satan funeral, Edward Olson is also a Navy officer by his wife’s request.
Church of Satan was mentioned in many books and is the subject of magazine and newspaper articles during the 1960′s and 1970′s. It is also the main subject of the documentary film Satanist (1970). LaVey also appeared in Kenneth Anger’s film,Invocation of My Demon Brother , and acts as technical advisor in the film The Devil’s Rain (starring Ernest Borgnine, William Shatner, and John Travolta).
In 1975, LaVey created controversy within the Church of Satan itself by eliminating the ”Grotto” of the Church and took out the people who he considers the use of this Church as an achievement in the outside world. At the same time, LaVey became more selective in accepting an interview. Activities that “closed” This then led to rumors that the Church has been closed or LaVey is dead.
In the 1980s, Christians, therapists who specialized in the recovery of memories, and bob up and down mass media conspiracy-related crimes back to the Church of Satan. The members of the Church of Satan such as Peter H. Gilmore, Peggy Nadramia, Boyd Rice, Adam Parfrey, Diabolos Rex, and King Diamond, were active in the mass media to refute the allegations of criminal activity. The FBI then issued an official statement which refutes the theory that a criminal conspiracy. This phenomenon became known as ”The Satanic Panic” .
In the 1980s and 1990s, the Church of Satan and its members are very active in producing films, music, and magazines related to Satanism.
After the death of Anton Szandor LaVey, his place as head of the Church of Satan forwarded by his wife, Blanche Barton . Barton remains involved in the Church; but in 2001 he handed over his position to Peter H. Gilmore and Peggy Nadramia. The head office of the Church of Satan was also moved from San Francisco to New York City. Church of Satan does not recognize other organizations as legitimate holders of Satanism, but admitted that one does not have to be a member of the Church of Satan to become a Satanist.
Many public figures who had publicly become a member of the Church of Satan, including Kenneth Anger, King Diamond, Teresa Hidy, David Vincent, Marilyn Manson , Aaron Joehlin, Boyd Rice, Marc Almond, Alkaline Trio guitarist Matt Skiba and drummer Derek Grant, professional wrestler Balls Mahoney, Sterling James Keenan, journalist Michael Moynihan, pianist Liberace, guitarist Matthew McRaith, and Sammy Davis Jr.. Therefore the Church of Satan was never publicly disclose its membership information, is not known how many members of this Church.