What the Hell? Satan worship on rise in America

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ScreenHunter_02 Aug. 29 10.03Satanists are not merely mystical eccentrics wearing black Gothic garb, sacrificing animals and operating in shady and secret societies. They are now ordinary people who call themselves ‘secular’ and praise reason and the individual freedom of thought.

In the US, explicitly satanic groups have begun drawing attention to themselves in the context of public governmental ceremonies.

Just this month, a member of the so-called Satanic Temple was allowed to make an opening prayer to Lucifer at a local council meeting in Alaska.

Assembly members stood around in a circle while the Satanist asked them to “embrace the Luciferian impulse to eat of the tree of knowledge.” She then ended the surreal prayer with the words, “Hail Satan.”

Thoughtfully, meeting attendees were reminded that they did not have to participate in the opening ritual.

The Satanic Temple (TST) is a fairly new organization. Founded in 2013, it fights for political change by pointing out the ostensibly preferential treatment Christianity enjoys in politics. TST has seven chapters in the USA and Europe, and claims a membership of 100,000.

One of the group’s objectives is to embed Lucifer in the public school system by establishing afternoon clubs, adoringly dubbed “After School Satan”, which is TST’s response to a Supreme Court ruling allowing evangelical programs to operate in schools.

Currently nine clubs are listed under the program, including in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Washington DC. The clubs will focus on“rationalism, free inquiry … and fun”, according to a promotional video.

TST itself emphasizes that it seeks to implement “After School Satan”in locations where active Christian children’s clubs operate.

TST said it is “not interested in operating After School Satan clubs in school districts that are not already hosting the Good News Club.”

The Temple is attempting to present a challenge to the Good News Club, an interdenominational Christian program for five to 12-year-olds, operating in over 3,500 public schools across the country.

The Christian club’s curriculum was designed by the Child Evangelism Fellowship and includes Bible studies and workshops.

A spokesperson for TST, Lucien Greaves, said the controversial clubs will give children other alternatives than the Good News Club, which he claimed instills children “with a fear of Hell and God’s wrath.”

TST also aims to place demonic books on the shelves in the libraries of public schools, as well as having satanic prayers recited at high school games. It is, however, somewhat ironic that the Satanists’ intention is currently to get children to stop fearing hell, which runs counter to Christian teaching.

Satanists are of the opinion that Christianity has had too much influence on American society, but this must be because they have not kept up to date on the latest research. Or that they are governed by a different factor than reason.

But it seems that Europe may also be heading in the wrong religious direction. In June, several European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, were present at a bizarre ritual in connection with the opening of the world’s longest tunnel, the new Gotthard tunnel, in Switzerland this past June.

The ceremony is performed by masked men dressed in grass costumes, fallen angels descending from the ceiling and a man with a goat’s head, whom the other performers in the ceremony appear to worship. The opening ritual has subsequently been interpreted as depicting satanic scenes from hell.

More than one publication, and certainly more conspiracy theorists, slammed the dark performance “Satanic.”

A disturbing trend

According to The Pew Research Center, religious “nones”, a category that includes atheists, agnostics, and the “nothing in particular” group, make up 23 per cent of US adults, up from 16 per cent in 2007.

This group is growing as a percentage of the US population. At the same time, they are becoming increasingly secular, Pew reports, “a trend that also makes the US public overall less religious,” according to surveys made as part of the Religious Landscape Study.

But there is more to the story. To begin with, this group is not uniformly nonreligious. Most of them say they believe in God, and about a third says religion is at least somewhat important in their lives.

Seventy percent of those born between 1990 and 1996 with no religious affiliation say religion is not important in their lives. A similar share also report they seldom or never pray and 42 percent say they do not believe in God, according to the Pew study.

Obviously, most of the “nones” do not reject faith in “something”, and this often means that they seek some form of spirituality outside a traditional affiliation. Like Satanists also do. But why would one use Satan, a spiritual entity, as figurehead if the aim of their struggle is rationality and freedom from religion?

The perception of secular society as nonreligious is quite simply a delusion, as Lesslie Newbigin states in his book The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, in which he also points to a revival of ancient heathen religions, in opposition to Christianity.

The paradox is that the religions that have attempted to embrace rationalism perish in modernity, while those that embrace the supernatural elements revive.

Iben Thranholm examines political and social events with focus on their religious aspects, significance and moral implications. She is one of Denmark’s most widely read columnists on such matters. Thranholm is a former editor and radio host at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), at which she created a religious news program that set a new standard for religious analysis in the newsroom. She has traveled extensively in the Middle East, Italy, the United States and Russia to carry out research and interviews. She has been awarded for her investigative research into Danish media coverage of religious issues.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Faith is irrational and stupid, do you also believe in the tooth fairy and the easter bunny? Mankind will not advance until it finally throws off the millstone of religion altogether. In the future, religious ‘faith’ will be treated as a mental illness, a delusion.

  2. Still pushing the bible as fact… about time you gave up on that one, people aren’t stupid or ill-informed enough to believe that lie anymore.

  3. Franklin S&L Scandal, anyone?

    It all begins at the University of Wisconsin (aka House of Rothschild), which sends out rabbis to INTENTIONALLY chop-off baby boys’ glanses, so they can bring them to Wisconsin and use them as Temple Harlots in the Synagogue of Satan.

    These Rothschild Luciferians are NOT real Jews–a woman named Hilda Morgan, JP Morgan’s granddaughter, told me so. These victims are called ‘angels.’ The University of Wisconsin rents them out to billionaires and powerful politicians–like Dick Cheney and Antonin Scalia.

    Cheney and Scalia both raped another ‘angel’ named Karen Abel, a childhood friend of mine. Ever heard of “Abel Danger?”

    Yeah, I have THE DIRT!

    I am The Boy Who Stared at the Sun. The rabbi who broke my neck on June 9, 1967 lied about having killed me. I laughed at him; I was three years old.

    The University of Wisconsin rabbis chopped-off Karen’s glans because they thought she was me. They murdered her dad in a car wreck, the same as they murdered mine. They murdered my cousin Brucie’s wife and child just a few years ago. The Obama Justice Dept. is in on it–just like the rest of the gov’t.

  4. Alright children, calm down and chill out. There is not a thing new about worshipping the devil. OK? Nothing new. Nor is it a “growing trend.” Every time someone does something evil, they are in fact worshipping an evil deity. Screw what they say – look at what they do. The very commission of an act of evil is the ultimate worship of a devil deity. Thus, no matter how dearly you clutch your Bible as you press the buttons of death that rain down upon the heads of innocent people, you are, in fact, committing an act of worship to the devil. I’m tens times more upset about that than some dancers dancing around some stupid statue.

  5. Steve K: The A-Brahamics refuse to look in the mirror and take responsibility for their own actions (crimes against humanity in the name of their god) and so they invented a scape goat to blame. Perhaps the church should be charged with nuclear terrorism (among other things) and from now on proselytizing should be considered nuclear proliferation.

    Yes, the sword (like the Truth) is double edged. The Truth can hurt and it can set you free [religion/religare: “to bind”]. The same could be said about “the word” especially when spoken with a forked tongue. You speak of spiritual warfare yet you do not even know that you are at war with yourselves nor do you understand who or better yet, what you worship. Your kind prayed for a “messiah” to save you from yourselves and look at what you have created. More death and destruction. The sad part is you project it on to every one/thing else and you are determined to drag the planet and the rest of humanity along with you in your ignorance and arrogance. No wonder the Georgia Guidestones were created.
    Forgive them, for they know not what they do? Ore, let them eat (yellow)cake.

  6. Steve K wrote: Jesus noted: ”Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand…” “Some of us have been in the presence of Messiah Jesus and in the presence of Lucifer / Satan to discern radical difference between these two spiritual personalities.”

    Jesus said: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” To split Adams/Atoms. Nuclear fission.

    A house divided? “From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” 54 Then Jesus said to the crowds, “As soon as you see a [mushroom] cloud rising in the west, you say, ‘A shower is coming [black rain or nuclear fallout],’ and that is what happens.”

    Next time your are in the presence of your mushroom cloud messiah [preferably in the desert with the rest of the A-Brahamics and far away from the rest of humanity] , please take a group photo so VT can publish it. Congratulations, this is why some people consider you fanatics a danger to the rest of the planet.

  7. “Imagine there’s no heaven
    It’s easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us only sky.
    Nothing to kill or die for, and
    no religion too.”

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  8. Wow, VT contributors are right on top of things!!
    This is old news.
    Then again, Saturn(Judaism) worshipers tend to bend truth to deceive.

  9. those trying to influence impressionable minds into devil worship just might get what they deserve, without any witnesses, too bad so sad. imagine a parents reaction when timmy tells them that an ASS told him sacrificing the kitten was just good clean holy fun.
    I’m glad they’re coming out of the closet, bank on it they’ll be teaching sodomy too.

  10. It’s even worse. They are not ordinary people nowadays. There’re in great demand by present government and its “alphabet” agencies (guess what it says about them all). I don’t know about all the tasks these creeps are utilized for, but about their usage in gang-stalking I can write a book. Observing on a daily basis for several years an about 30-heads strong unit of inverted filth, ruled by those “who can open any door, install any device, and justify any activity” due to granted to them by the clueless society rights and money, I can openly laugh at anybody’s face who’d try to tell me that these people (even more their “respectable” bosses) are not a threat to NORMAL society

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