Happy 6/6/2006! If you ignore the "2000" part of the year, it's 666, the number of The Beast (i.e. the Antichrist). Fun times!
Now let's talk about Satanism. Most people think Satanists worship Satan. A logical assumption, given the name, but not entirely true. Modern Satanists, that is, those in the Church of Satan, only use Satan as a symbolic term for certain values. They don't believe in a magic entity named Satan. Wikipedia has nice entry on the topic.
I've read most of the Satanic Bible. It got repetitive and preachy so I got bored, but what I read actually made a lot of sense. They're not complete psychopaths or anything. Basically, it's all about selfishness. All power is in the self. I could almost get behind a church like that...except then they take it too far. They advocate using weaker people for one's own needs, and performing silly occult rituals. This backs up one of my most cherished beliefs: Being extreme is bad. Nothing should be 100%. Don't be 100% sure of anything, don't be 100% selfish, don't be 100% altruistic, don't put 100% of your faith into any one thing, etc. No matter what you believe about the origin and nature of the universe, be moderate about it, and you'll probably be OK.
I have another post coming up too, because I'm just full of Satany goodness today!