I'm not completely sure you all live around as many idiots as I do, but I am sure everyone has met at least someone who seemed to think that Satanism and atheism were pretty much the same thing. Around here, if you don't believe in God, you MUST believe in the devil and worship him. I'm not an atheist nor am I a Satanist, but I feel compelled to make it clear that they are not the same thing.
From what I've gathered, atheism means that you either believe in nothing at all (meaning you don't believe in the afterlife, a Goddess or God, or an organized religion) or you believe that you are your own God, that you have 100% control over your life and what happens in it. Satanism involves worshipping the devil, so you are technically worshipping and believing in something
. (Of course there is Laveyan Satanism and Theistic Satanism, but that's a topic for another time.) Hence, that would be the main difference between atheism and Satanism. Feel free to correct me on anything I may have gotten wrong.
If you live in the south, like me, you know that the majority of people here like to automatically judge every atheist as a Satanist and every Satanist as an animal-sacrificing, Bible burning, blood drinking psychopath. I know quite a few atheists and a few Satanists, and I've never had trouble with either. I personally believe in God and am a Christian (ooh, shocker) but as I've said a few times before, I am not going to jump down your throat if you believe differently.
Your religion is your religion, and your beliefs are your beliefs. So are mine. I, myself, combine pagan spiritual elements with the belief in God and prayer, and I've had my mother give me a few strange looks for that... but I know what's in my heart and so do you. So, I hope this rant clears a couple things up. As I said, feel free to give me your two cents.
Hope you guys are having a great day, night, whatever. <3