The mere mention of Satanism may evoke thoughts of human sacrifice and evil incarnate, but the modern Church of Satan does not actually believe in the devil. Rather, they preach individualism, claiming to be the peaceful adversaries of the religious world. Peter Gilmore, the current high priest of the Church of Satan, said in a 2007 Wikinews interview, "Satanism begins with atheism."
In 1966, Anton LaVey founded the Church of Satan. LaVey, an author and occultist, became a minor celebrity in his own right, using over-indulgence and shock value to attract attention - and major celebrities - to his organization. As a result, many famous individuals have surprising connections to LaVey and the Church of Satan.