The Crowley Corollary

The Crowley Corollary to Godwin's Law is “Once a discussion of some topic reaches a comparison between Satanism and Aleister Crowley, its usefulness is over.”

Below are some examples with some commentary. Other examples can be found by following the Crowley Corollary tag on the library blog.

Some people seem to have this disorder where anything different is evil, and will make the weakest correlations to prove it, usually by a simple ritual formula of rhetorically collocating their target with Aleister Crowley and/or Satanism and then concluding by equating Aleister Crowley with Satanism, or visa versa. It's like the Godwin's Law of Occultism.

“But on a more serious note, the fact that you ask that question makes me wonder, do you actually have any knowledge of satanism at all?

Or NLP for that matter”

That meme is just as out of control as the Nazi analogy ever was, don't you think? see So, it's time for the lesser banishing ritual of the analogy: Griogair's Corollary to Godwin's Law is “Once a discussion of some topic reaches a comparison between Satanism and Aleister Crowley, its usefulness is over.”

Originally, I thought of this as “Godwin's Law of Occultism”, but I decided it might be catchier, and therefore totally acceptable, to call this “The Crowley Corollary” instead.

This is a particular form of hysteria I've thought of as something like a Six Degrees of Rhetorical Satanism … that when someone finds some way to connect any given topic to either Satanism or Aleister Crowley, then the other is immediately invoked to signal a end rational thought and therefore the loss of usefulness to continue the conversation.

And, the corollary to the corollary is: “The person guilty of The Crowley Corollary knows nothing interesting or useful about Aleister Crowley or Satanism, if anything at all.”

From The Spoof:

“It could be a large number of people attempting to subvert the Census form in an anarchistic way,” said Crowley. “This doesn't really matter. If you put it down, your soul is His for eternity thereafter.”

The call centre will be fielding calls from people enquiring about the skiing conditions in the Inferno, whether or not Granddad has been taken downstairs and discussing terms with the Horned one Himself.

“We expect that one of the more popular topics of conversation will be the exchange of an immortal soul for some favour,” Crowley admitted. “Our staff are all trained in such bargaining.”

It is not anticipated at this time that the infernal call centre will be used for cold calling people requesting their immortal soul in exchange for fame and fortune.

This is an interesting example of the Crowley Corollary, in that by way of a seemingly lazy invocation of Aleister Crowley immediately after mentioning the idea of an imaginary rhetorical “satanic sex cult”, the author actually manages to make a more meta connection to Aleister Crowley's own esoteric Outsider Art, like that found at Cefalù.

“Very quickly, Schröder-Sonnenstern’s art evolved from sketchy drawings of mysteriously symbolic emblems — mixing disembodied eyes, stars, hearts and lines of radiation — to fully realized allegories rendered in rich colors on poster-size sheets of artist’s paper. Abounding in rotund, improbably buxom nude women; grinning devils; resplendently costumed magi; snakes and other anthropomorphized creatures, and willfully animated by a comical, polymorphous perversity, his images look as if they’d been made by a member of a satanic, Orientalist sex cult. Aleister Crowley surely would have approved.”

Also, this is notably a hat-tip to Thelemapedia's Aleister Crowley biography from a New York Times art review.

Here's a bit of dialog which is an interesting example of the kind of weak thinking which results in and from the Crowley Corollary. In this example, the person tries to link homosexuality to satanism by linking Crowley and satanism. The reasoning throughout this reminds me of nothing less than the horrific anti-intellectual nonsense that comes from the mouths of news anchors trying to ad lib.

Shofarsound: You believe that homosexuality and satanism have a direct link. Tell me about that.

Pastor Joe: In my estimation that would be the most notorious Satanist of the last century, Aleister Crowley (1875-1947). [Crowley died just three years before organized homosexual activism took root in America]. Crowley stated that he had gone over to “Satan’s side” and wanted to become Satan’s chief of staff. Crowley was a bisexual, and his “Abbey of Thelema” or sex temple in Italy was found to have biographical graffiti, depicting orgies that included little children. We document this from is own admirers in our documentary, The Kinsey Syndrome. He influenced the sexual revolutionary thought processes of everyone from Alfred Kinsey to Harry Hay. It is important to know that Crowley’s end goal was the ushering in of the age of Horus and the coming Antichrist, the man of sin. He literally signed his name “The Beast 666.”

Shofarsound: What was Crowley’s purpose in partnering with the agenda of homosexual rights activists?

Pastor Joe: Crowley stated that he was out to “sodomize the boys of England,” and wanted his diabolical teachings to be “circulated among the young.” He later stated that he would target the USA to push his satanic agenda. We document that in our video “They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll” that Crowley’s teachings provided the social architecture for the counter culture revolution of the 60’s. We prove that many of the leading social revolutionaries and academics of that era, as well as a host of top rock stars, have done Crowley’s bidding and were, wittingly or unwittingly, major change agents.

Shofarsound: Crowley’s views certainly mirror those of homosexual activists we see in the spotlight today. How did he view the nuclear family?

Pastor Joe: Crowley not only stated that he had gone over to “Satan’s side” but proclaimed the family to be “public enemy number one.” His licentious motto was “Do What thou Wilt,” and he taught that the word “sin” is “restriction.” This kind of thinking will destroy both family and society, once it is embraced.

Well, there it is. It's enough to make me want to destroy family and society just to get away from morons like those.


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