Obama quoted Nelson Mandela’s favorite poem, Invictus, by William Ernest Henley, in his speech at Mandela’s funeral. It is interesting to note that The Church of Satan also uses Invictus to illustrate its own ideals. “Invictus” was chosen as the title of the famous biographical film about Mandela.
The Church of Satan: A History of the World’s Most Notorious Religion by Hell’s Kitchen Productions is a book by Blanche Barton and Invictus is used in the book as the opening epigraph.
This does not mean that Obama and Mandela were members of the Church of Satan, just that their philosophies share some basic principles of self-worship. Satanism/Luciferian-ism is fundamentally about self-worship, whether Satan is worshiped as a being, or not. This poem exalts man, while questioning the existence of God, and that is why it can be used effectively by the Church of Satan to illustrate its belief. Obama often provides such subtle clues about his own fundamental beliefs in his speeches.
Invictus by William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.