He writes, “On Saturday night I would see men lusting after half-naked girls dancing at the carnival, and on Sunday morning when I was playing the organ for tent-show evangelists at the other end of the carnival lot, I would see these same men sitting in the pews with their wives and children, asking God to forgive them and purge them of carnal desires. And the next Saturday night they’d be back at The carnival or some other place of indulgence.
“I knew then that the Christian Church thrives on hypocrisy, and that man’s carnal nature will out!”
Before this, he had already gotten involved in occultic things at the early age of 16 years old.
Reportedly, he also used to host night lectures on occult subjects, “witches workshops” and other classes for the “Magic Circle” in his black Victorian house during the late 1950s.
The “Magic Circle” was made of authors, artists, doctors, policemen, and more that were taught “various aspects of Satanism,” according to sociologist and early group affiliate, Randall Alfred.
Eventually, these classes combined with the hypocrisy LaVey saw in Christians led the establishment of The Church Of Satan on April 30, 1966.
On that night, known as Walpurgisnacht, the most important festival of the believers in witchcraft, a shaven head LaVey announced the formation of the church with these words, “Since worship of fleshly things produces pleasure,” he said, “there would then be a temple of glorious indulgence . . .”
He also proclaimed that night as the beginning of “the Year One”, Anno Satanas — the first year of the “Age of Satan”.
The establishment was followed by weekly Satanic rituals, a publicized Satanic marriage of Judith Case and journalist John Raymond, and the first publicly recorded Satanic baptism for his youngest daughter Zeena.