It’s been over a hundred and fifty years since the first Sanist refugees came to the Federation from the Amarr Empire. It was the first time they could live in a civilized society without being persecuted for their faith.
For thousands of years in Amarr, Sanists of all kinds, were subject to the harshest penalties, regardless of their specific rituals or practices. Any hint of Sanism, and they would be enslaved or executed, along with their families.
If something is outlawed, regardless of the qualities of the thing in question, it changes the thing. When CONCORD moved to legalize drugs, it changed the nature of the entire business. Before, criminals ran the drug business. As a result, people were murdered, kidnapped, enslaved, and other despicable things, because of the illegal nature of the drugs. Now, with drugs legalized, none of that happens. Someone goes into a store and gets their preferred mind-altering substance and goes on their way, similar to how people buy groceries.
By outlawing Sanism, the Amarr changed the nature of the faith. It drew certain elements to it, pushing away others. In short, the Amarr created the Blood Raiders and other despicable elements that claim to be Sani. Those already disposed to brutality, murder, other sociopathic tendencies adopted the mantle of Sani, because, after all, it was the religion of outlaws. Only extremists became Sanists, and the religion became extreme in nature.
The Blood Raiders encouraged violence in its members as a result of the Amarrian attacks on them. Violence begets violence. The current level of brutality and atrocity present in the Blood Raiders is directly traceable to the Amarr outlawing of the Sanist faith.
In contrast, there’s a reason why the Sani faith in the Federation is flourishing. Because of our freedoms, anyone can practice the faith. And, let’s be honest with ourselves, most people are not into brutally murdering others. Sanism is mainstream, restored to what I believe to be the true purpose of the faith: individual empowerment, self improvement, and spiritual connections with others.
Sanist in the Federation go to work, pay their taxes, and are a contributing pat of society. They are nothing, nothing like the extremists that the Blood Raiders are. We are the truest expression of the Sani faith.