reply to post by LeSigh
Sure, a Satanic angle can be investigated along with other possibilities like crime (and violent crime isn't exactly uncommon in SA), and I don't
think it's biased at all to speculate that a serial killer or disturbed person may be in the Christian group, or connected to it.
Skeptics however would point out that the kind of criminal Satanic cults described by occult cops and Christian groups have never been proven to exist
over many decades of Satanic-panic.
But who knows, perhaps this time they will surprise the skeptics with proof?
The idea that Satanists infiltrate Christian groups and even run churches has been a feature of Satanic-panic, and this idea originates from Christian
"occult experts" themselves.
I certainly don't think that people who label themselves Satanists are all up to no good.
The LaVeyan Satanists are really atheists and Christianity doesn't feature in their beliefs.
Even those who are at odds with Christianity wouldn't commit crimes on Christians, although like most religions it probably attracts some very
disturbed people, and some disturbed individuals may develop an interest in the occult.
Some Protestant Christians may be "at odds" with Catholicism, but that doesn't mean they still kill each other nowadays.
Some Christians may also be said to be "at odds" with any form of the occult as an essential feature of their world-view.
For now the media could have done more to prevent Satanic-panic, which detracts from the true tragedy of the murders.
Apart from simply repeating the claims of the group, they could have added a brief context on the history of Satanic-panic in SA as a caution not to
jump to conclusions prematurely, or consulted one of the pagan organizations for their view, because in SA many Christians do not distinguish between
various occult religions, which could have been shortly clarified.
Surely practicing occultists could also offer helpful advice when crimes are linked to the occult, although in this case there were no Satanic signs
or other clear links to some form of Satanism on the crime scenes.
The pentagram (not even the inverted pentagram that is emblematic of Satanism) in the initial article was just entirely sensationalist and
edit on 13-10-2012 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)