Satanism: The Acid Test

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“Satanism: The Acid Test” – demystifying occult beliefs & practices.

This project comprises many hours of work by volunteers dedicated to the protection of constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of religion, identity, dignity, and freedom of association in South Africa.

Do you know the TRUTH about Satanism? Do you know what it is, and what it isn’t? Do you know that there are other religions and subcultures that are wrongly accused of being “Satanism?” Do you know that even Satanists are falsely accused of criminality based on defamatory material and fear-mongering? Do you know the facts? Do you know how much of what “occult experts” say on TV, on the radio or in the newspapers is true – and how much is really false, based on ignorance and intended to mislead you into believing in some fantastic world-wide multi-generational conspiracy, making “authoritative statements” without the inconvenience of accuracy or burden of proof? Have you ever wondered?

We invite you to find out for yourself – by reading through the detailed academic paper “Satanism: The Acid Test”, investigated and compiled by the Alternative Religions Forum with the active participation of Pagans, Satanists and participants of subcultures and alternative religions and lifestyles often mistakenly accused of being “Satanism”. Know the truth and empower yourself to be in a position to know the facts from the propaganda!


  • Published: July 12, 2013
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  • Pages: (6×9 Paperback)



The following authorities, being respected individuals or groups within their respective religions, communities and/or subcultures, endorse “Satanism: The Acid Test”:

Pagan religion:

    • The South African Pagan Rights Alliance (SAPRA) [South Africa]
    • Morgause Fonteleve – (in her personal capacity) Convener of the SA Pagan Council, CEO of the SA Pagan Rights Alliance, and member of the Warlockian Council.
    • Bronwyn Katzke – Editor, Penton Pagan Magazine [South Africa]

Satanist religion:

    • The Church of Satan (CoS) – Atheistic LaVeyan Satanism [San Francisco, USA]
    • Ordo Luciferi – Luciferianism [USA]

Vampi(y)re subculture:

    • The South African Vampyre Alliance (SAVA) [South Africa]
    • The Atlanta Vampire Alliance (AVA) [Atlanta, GA, USA]
    • Suscitatio Enterprises LLC [Atlanta, GA, USA]
    • Dr D.J. Williams [USA]
    • The Canadian Collaborative Vampire & Otherkin Alliance (CCVOA) [Canada]
    • Coven d’Eir (CdE) [Durban, KZN, South Africa]
    • Manchester Vampire Guild (MVG) [Manchester, England, UK]

Gothic Subculture: (included in v1.04)

    • The South African Gothic Society (SAGS) [South Africa]


    • Dr D.J. Williams, MSW, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Social Work, Sociology & Criminal Justice at Idaho State University. He completed doctorate and post-doctorate studies at the University of Alberta, and has conducted research in Canada and the United States. He is an expert in the areas of forensic social work and deviant leisure.
  • Theological: 

    • John W. Morehead, MA in Intercultural Studies from Salt Lake Theological Seminary, Director of the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy and Director of the Western Institute for Intercultural Studies.
    • Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (Religious [Ontario, Canada] 


  • “1) Excellent paper, well written and organized. 2) Not enough people are made aware of South Africa and SRA   propaganda. . . for this I commend you.” – Etu Malku, Ordo Luciferi (Luciferian)
  • “My friend, let whoever you lecture know that an official media rep from The Church of Satan gave you their support….VERY well done!” – Corvis Nocturnum, occult author, publisher (Atheistic Satanist)
  • “I think this is a fine resource. I appreciate the acknowledgement of my small contribution in the end. I hope it helps with the situation in South Africa and beyond, and I look forward to seeing the final product. I will promote it when that is appropriate.” – John W. Morehead – MA in Intercultural Studies from Salt Lake Theological Seminary, Director of the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy and Director of the Western Institute for Intercultural Studies.
  • “The entire document looks very interesting and informative. Excellent!” – Dr D.J. Williams, MSW, PhD.
  • “As a goth, and as the founding member of the South African Gothic Society, I have been privileged to review this lengthy document produced by the Alternative Religions & Subculture Demystification Project, and more specifically the gothic section. The writer/ editor/ compiler has done a marvelous job in researching, clarifying and providing a deeper look into the culture and lifestyle of gothdom, sharing information which is valuable not only to goths, but to the general outsiders who lack sufficient information about what it is to be a goth. This project provides an in-depth look into the various different styles that exist in the gothic lifestyle/subculture, bringing forward much needed information to the uninformed, the ill-informed, and the misinformed. This project has the full support of the South African Gothic Society.” – MGR, South African Gothic Society (SAGS).
  • “What an amazing document you have written! We look forward to obtaining your book. I am located in Canada where we experienced a lot of anti-Wiccan and SRA panic back in the 1980’s until the mid 1990’s. I started up our web site in early 1995, when the fear and panic was still very strong. Reading some of your essay transported me back to that era.” – Bruce Robinson, Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (Religious
  • “This paper is well written, accurate, and captures the essence of the Vampire Community. It explains the basics in a clear, logical way, demystifying the subculture for those really interested enough to learn about us.” – Davis Campbell, founder, Canadian Co-operative Vampire & Otherkin Alliance.
  • “This is a very informative document and goes straight to the point, very well written.” – Ethereal Dark, Manchester Vampire Guild.

Reader’s Comments: 

  • The Satanic Church of South Africa shared “Satanism: The Acid Test” on their website resource page! (found on July 12, 2020) This is of course, what this book is supposed to do – educate people, demystify the occult, and relieve people of their ignorance!
  • “I saw it cited in a newspaper article and hunted it down. Wow, so well written. Shew you have said this all so well. Exactly what I have covered in my classes. Drawing on anthropology and sociology we explore how symbols are differently interpreted by different communities and how this becomes the source of discrimination and violence. On the humorous side, my students were completely freaked out when I started. I had them explore different meanings behind “Satanism”. They looked at me with big eyes as if I had completely lost it. But they accepted the challenge because they realized that as prospective teachers they could not contribute to the satanic panic. But ‘Satanism: the Acid Test’ is brilliant. The conflation of Paganism and spiritual Satanism is difficult to deal with because people are so quick to label anything they don’t understand as “Satanism”. It’s one thing educating my students but we hit the wall when we go into schools. When I first saw it, my thinking was that this is a long overdue work. So congratulations.” – Dr. Rene Ferguson, Lecturer in Religion, Human Rights and Citizenship Studies at the Wits School of Education.

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