"I would like to commend Kristen Lombardi on her sober treatment of Satanism and express appreciation for her distinguishing true Satanists from the fringe ["Sympathy for the Devil," March 16-22]. Though I have moved on and have been engaged in a new career in the 20 years since leaving Anton LaVey, when I read this I felt that old sense of outrage.
For many years after Anton and I founded the Church of Satan in 1966, I "rode shotgun" against the neighborhood shit-disturbers who thought it was great sport to vandalize our building on California Street with everything from paint and eggs to rocks and rods shot from a crossbow, the latter of which missed going through my head by inches as I sat at my desk near the upstairs front window. Many of the perps were teenage boys from the local Catholic schools, whose daddies actually encouraged such "playful pranks." It is disappointing that anyone would try to pass off attacking Daniel Romano with an ice scraper and a metal pipe as boyish roughhousing. It appears the social climate has backslid into the stultifying psychological state of the '50s and early '60s. Whether I or any Satanist believes there should be a "hate crime" category is beside the point. There is such a designation, and if it's applied to one social, ethnic, or religious group, then a Satanist is entitled to the same redress.
Romano sounds like a level-headed young man and I wish him the gods' speed in his philosophical and artistic pursuits. He may find himself and his band with a spot on my grandson Stanton LaVey's late-night TV show pilot."
Founding High Priestess,
Church of Satan
San Francisco, California