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No Sympathy for the Devil: Why People Fear Satanism

Domestic Satanism by Thawt Hawthje via Flickr. (CC BY 2.0)

Domestic Satanism by Thawt Hawthje via Flickr. (CC BY 2.0)

Benjamin Radford writes at Live Science:

A public ceremony of Satanists planned in Oklahoma City this month has prompted protests, a lawsuit from the Catholic Church, talk of a “black mass,” and even the airing of laws against bloodletting.  Such public images of fear are not uncommon when it comes to Satanist groups, though they may not be justified.

The ceremony for the Oklahoma City Satanists is slated for Sept. 21 in the city’s civic center and requires a ticket for admission. Officials from the city could not legally bar the group, as doing so would violate their First Amendment rights.

Officials did warn, however, that all laws must be followed, including fire codes and those involving public nudity; a spokeswoman for the parks and recreation department noted: “No bloodletting of any kind will be allowed.” (Though bloodletting and animal sacrifice are popularly associated with Satanism, they have historically been part of many religions, including Christianity, Judaism and Islam.) [Tales of the Top 10 Craziest Cults]

The event has been described in the news media as a “black mass,” which, as James Lewis notes in his book “Satanism Today: An Encyclopedia of Religion, Folklore, and Popular Culture” (ABC-CLIO, 2001), “refers to a blasphemous parody of a conventional [Catholic] Mass that was traditionally thought to be the central rite of Satanism.” This ritual was typically said to involve perverse orgies, a torrent of various bodily fluids, obscene gestures and even “a black candle made from the fat of unbaptized babies,” Lewis wrote.

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How to Become a Living Douche! The Impressively Embarrassing Occultism of EA Koetting

PIC: Lucifuge Rofocale (PD)

PIC: Lucifuge Rofocale (PD)

The thing about me being an Occultist is that I didn’t choose the Occult, the Occult chose me. It’s a long story and one you can hear me talk about in this podcast if you’re curious, but the reason I bring it up is that after being summoned into the practice it’s come to my attention that I have exactly nothing in common with the vast majority of freaks in the “Occult scene”. Because of this reality, I’ve started referring to what I do as Psychedelic Occultism (or Chaos Sorcery, or Transdimensional Psychology, or Enthneogenic Esotericism if you’re so inclined) to differentiate it from what these people are doing. It’s pretty important that I do this because lord, I wouldn’t want ANYONE to think that my practice is in any way similar to hyper-douchebags like say, EA Koetting, who I just stumbled on via the internets.

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Satanist Sues Jailers For Access to Whole Foods

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YOU MUST TRY THE QUINOA.

Whole, organic foods, not the grocery store, although that would be pretty funny. Everyone knows the devil has the best tunes. Must he also have the best foods?

via Satanic Panic! Devilish Dietary Demands In Nevada Prison – Who Forted? Magazine.

Alex C. Snelson, incarcerated in Nevada’s Washoe County Jail after being caught with some crystal, is exercising his rights as a religious minority. According to the pending federal suit, Alex claims he’s been denied access to whole foods, lacking mind-controlling substances like aspertame, and monosodium glutamate. Adding insult to injury, deputies at the facility have been mocking his requests, denying access.

 

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New York’s Satanic Temple Launches Campaign Promoting Freedom Of Prayer To Satan In School

schoolCould offerings to the devil in the classroom help close the test score gap between the United States and other developed nations? From the Satanic Temple’s press release:

The Satanic Temple, a religious organization based in New York City, has declared May 15th as “Protect Children Day” with the mission of putting an end to corporal punishment and the use of isolation rooms in schools for Temple followers as well as for others who share their beliefs.

In addition to making a letter available to students, The Satanic Temple is also providing fact sheets on corporal punishment and solitary confinement, a Satanic-themed activity book, and FAQs so that students can understand their religious rights in school. “We want children to know that they are permitted to pray to Satan in school and that they can even share their religious beliefs with others in accordance with certain guidelines,” Greaves said.

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Starbucks Apologizes For Satanic Symbols In Lattes In Louisiana

satanic symbolsWhat is your morning coffee trying to tell you? The Huffington Post reports:

Louisiana schoolteacher Megan K. Pinion was “appalled” after recently being served two Starbucks drinks that were allegedly marked with Satanic symbols. Pinion posted a picture of the drinks on the coffee giant’s Facebook page on Sunday.

Pinion, who acknowledged she is Catholic, accompanied the photo with the following comments: “The star is almost okay because it is in your Starbucks logo, the 666, however, was quite offensive,” she wrote.

Starbucks has since apologized to Pinion. “We’re taking the complaint seriously and have sincerely apologized for her experience,” Tom Kuhn, a Starbucks spokesman, told The Huffington Post. “This obviously is not the type of experience we want to provide any of our customers, and is not representative of the customer service our partners provide to millions of customers every day.”

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Mazes, Monsters, Charlatans, Satan and Suicide: A Short History of the Satanic Panic

PIC: Houghton Mifflin (C) Click to purchase at Amazon.

PIC: Houghton Mifflin (C) Click to purchase at Amazon.

One of my favorite pieces of Satanic Panic-era propaganda has to be Jack  Chick’s “Dark Dungeons” religious tract. One of hundreds of such tracts created by evangelist Chick, “Dark Dungeons” is the story of two young women led astray by the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. One of them, Marcie, commits suicide after her thief character “Black Leaf” dies and the other, Debbie, is initiated into witchcraft after her cleric character Elfstar advances to eighth level. As the diabolical Dungeon Master “Ms. Frost” leads Debbie further from the loving arms of Jesus, her mysterious friend “Mike” pops up to tell her that she’s in grave danger. Following a visit to a mustachioed minister, Debbie repents and burns all of her D&D materials instead of saving them to sell on eBay in twenty years when she needs beer money.… Read the rest

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Satanists Blamed For Theft Of Pope’s Blood

JohannesPaul2-portraitYou may have read of the theft of a reliquary containing the blood of Pope John Paul II, but did you know that satanists are thought to have stolen it ? We’re not making it up – story from the Telegraph:

A religious reliquary containing blood from the late Pope John Paul II has been stolen from a remote mountain church in Italy, with speculation that a Satanic group could be behind the theft.

A team of around 50 Carabinieri police officers with sniffer dogs were on Monday searching for any trace of the reliquary, which was stolen from the Church of St Peter of Ienca in the Abruzzo mountains at the weekend.

The ornate gold object contains a fragment of material, stained with blood, which was purportedly taken from the clothing worn by John Paul II after he was shot during the failed attempt on his life in St Peter’s Square in 1981…

“It’s possible that there could be Satanic sects behind the theft of the reliquary,” said Giovanni Panunzio, the national coordinator of an anti-occult group called Osservatorio Antiplagio.

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Oklahoma’s Satanic Temple Design Unveiled

(C) Satanic Temple

(C) Satanic Temple

The Satanic Temple recently caused a furore by announcing plans to erect a Satanic monument outside the State Capitol. The organization has now unveiled the proposed design (at right). Those wishing to support their goal can help crowd fund the monument via an IndieGoGo campaign that has already raised more than half of the $20,000 target.

Here’s the video made by The Satanic Temple to support the campaign:

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Satanists Fight For Display In Florida State Capitol Alongside Nativity Scene And Festivus Pole

nativityI am normally against displays of religion on public property, but I would be curious to see this come to fruition. The Florida Times-Union reports:

The state Department of Management Services on Wednesday denied an attempt by “Satanists” to put up a display in the Florida Capitol, which currently showcases the Florida Prayer Network’s Christian Nativity scene, a Festivus pole made of beer cans, posters from atheists, and a crudely-made Flying Spaghetti Monster.

“The department’s position is that your proposed display is grossly offensive during the holiday season,” DMS Administrative Assistant Sherrie K. Routt emailed a group calling itself the Satanic Temple. The proposed display that bannered the phrase “Happy holidays from the Satanic Temple” atop a diorama of an angel falling into hell.

Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for the temple, said in an email the group was “surprised and dismayed” by the rejection. However, before possibly challenging the decision, the temple is seeking clarification from DMS.

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