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20120925 Exposing the Lies – Inside Servamus’ ‘Drugs & Occult-Related Crime’

On my desk sits a most chilling tome. An anthology of misinformation; filled with confusing images, twisted words and blatant lies. Servamus’ Drugs and Occult-Related Crime: The Facts, The Answers is the Malleus Maleficarum of our generation. This propaganda publication has been, and still is, used as a witches’ hammer against constitutionally protected minority religions.

And with the resurrection of SAPS’ Occult-Related Crime Unit in 2012, Pagans, Witches, Occultists, Satanists and Vampyres are facing a possible new wave of propaganda and persecution at the hands of the next-generation of witch-hunters; each trained under the old master of SA’s own ‘satanic panic’- Kobus Jonker.

It is more important than ever that we stand together as a community united against the lies that Kobus Jonker and his ilk that have, and undoubtedly will continue to spread about our community. What this series of articles will ultimately aim to do is dispel the lies and expose the propaganda for what it really is. Now is the time to show the general public that Kobus Jonker, and those who falsely portray themselves as ‘occult experts’, are nothing more than Christian fundamentalists lost in their own deluded occult fantasies.

Each week in the Doing a Dis-service series an article from Servamus’ Drugs and Occult-Related Crime: The Facts, The Answers will be dissected and shown for the religious propaganda that it is. This week we start with the first article: Warriors against Evil.

As I open the magazine to page 70 where this article lies, I am greeted with a spread of images from Jonker’s own personal collection of ‘occult paraphernalia’: steak knives, cheap Halloween décor, a homemade Ouija board, a melted mannequin head, skulls and doll heads covered in simulated blood (red paint), heavy metal posters, animal skulls, and even a packet of Dracula Sherbet and a promotional paper cup from the Ghostbusters movie.

In all my years exploring the occult and Paganism I have never read or encountered a call for any of the above to be essential, or even suggested, in the practice of any occult, or Pagan ritual. Even my research of Satanism has turned up zero evidence that any of the above is required in the spiritual practices of Satanism. What Jonker terms as ‘occult paraphernalia’ may in fact just be everyday items used by confused teenagers playing into the very fantasies that he propagates.

The introduction of this article lists purported ‘occult crimes’ committed since 1989 until the first publication of the ‘special edition’ in 1998. Unfortunately these alleged crimes would need to be referenced against SAPS case files, which would be no easy feat; so I cannot verify these ‘facts’. However the next paragraph proves to be most interesting:

“First there is no or very little knowledge about the occult or spirit world with specific reference to Satanism. Investigation officers and the legal profession are skeptical about occult rituals. Not all Satanist activities necessarily constitute crime. Victims often point out scenes where no evidence can be found to correlate with the atrocities supposed to have taken place…Crime scenes are difficult to find or are sometimes not found at all.”

What becomes abundantly clear from the above excerpt is just how deluded the prior ORCU and its leader Kobus Jonker were (and potentially how deluded the new ORCU will be). There is plenty of information on Satanism and occult practices and beliefs, however that factual information contradicts the ORCU fantasy of Satanism and the occult; hence the statement that no information exists.

Not all Satanist activities necessarily constitute crime,” is the bare truth, but the same can be said for any other belief held by its adherent. Substitute ‘Satanist’ with Christian, Muslim or Jewish and it becomes clear that the belief of a criminal rarely, if at all, has anything to do with the crime committed.

In logical and unbiased investigative work if there is no evidence, then there is no provable crime. And in today’s technologically advanced age, there is no crime that leaves zero evidence. If a ‘victim’ of ‘occult atrocities’ takes an investigator to a scene and claims illegal activities took place there, and a crime scene investigation unit can find zero evidence, odds are the ‘victim’ is lying.

And when it is stated that, “crime scenes are difficult to find or are sometimes not found at all,” it only goes to prove the depth of the occult delusion that Jonker swims in. The fact that they have to actively seek to prove something as an ‘occult crime’ from their warped fundamentalist perspective only further shows their desperation in proving the satanic panic myths true.

In the fourth paragraph the reader is then hit with the ‘big sell’ of the previous ORCU in reference to the occult: “The only way to get out is through the power of Jesus Christ”. A statement based on the testimony of alleged former witch Elaine who claims to have served Satan for 17 years. This paragraph is followed by more testimony from an alleged former ‘Satan worshipper’ who turned to Christianity and at the time of publication, was working as a pastor. But this section ends with a gem of a quote:

Occult-related crimes are difficult to prevent and to investigate, because the majority of people don’t even know what occult means.”

The absolute irony is that Jonker and his then ORCU did not (and still do not) even know or understand the definition of the occult and the beliefs and practices it encompasses. And once again, it only shows that they are lost in an occult fantasy of their own design- God’s own warriors on a spiritual mission from the Creator Himself to stamp out the non-believers and practitioners of anything that fits the satanic panic lie.

What follows next is a point by point list of the ways in which “the occult is expressed during rituals”:

“Spiritism: Messages from spirits to humans (seven ways of expression)”

It should be spiritualism which is the practice of communication between what is believed to be spirits of the dead and the living. The fact that an alleged ‘occult expert’ can’t even get the terminology correct only further shows them for the fraud they are.

“Magic: A person who uses supernatural powers to influence another person or situation (14 ways of expression)”

Like Christian prayer? My understanding of the concept of prayer is that a supernatural power is petitioned to influence a person (Lord, I pray that Joe Soap repents from his life of occultic worship to follow Jesus Christ) or a situation (Lord, please let me get a new job so I can pay the bills).

Within general magickal practices a higher power/deity is not necessarily invoked or petitioned, but the practitioner relies on their own personal energy to influence the outcome of a situation, and very rarely a person. In the instance of, for example, a Wiccan performing a ritual, they do so under the ethics of the Wiccan rede (An it harm none, do as thy will) and the threefold law (the belief that whatever is ‘sent out’ is returned to the sender threefold). Your average Wiccan would therefore not intentionally perform magick against another person to bring them harm, and very rarely would any other magickal practitioner for that matter.

Mystic: An intense longing of the soul to make contact with a godhead, by means of withdrawal from the physical world (15 ways of expression).”

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a mystic as being, “a person who seeks to know God through contemplation or prayer.” Within that definition, it is anyone who is deeply spiritual or religious and seeks to know their creator through prayer and contemplating sacred texts or philosophies. The term mystic can be applied to anyone of any religion who fits the above definition- it is not solely bound to an occult definition and one could be a Christian mystic, a Buddhist mystic, an Islamist mystic etc.

Mantic: To use occult methods to know more about the future (15 ways of expression)”

The term mantic has its roots in the Greek mantikos, meaning ‘prophet’, and in adjective form corresponds to nouns ending in mancy; such as tasseomancy, the art of divination from tea leaves. However, the true definition of the term occult does not relate to anything sinister. The word occult has its roots in the Latin occultus, which means ‘hidden knowledge’. And while it is true that divination has almost always being considered an occult art, it in no way meets the ORCU’s sinister connotations of what constitutes ‘the occult’.

Satanism: The religion where Satan is served and worshipped. The first four are closely related to Satanism.”

If Jonker and the ORCU, both past and present, are so knowledgeable on the occult and Satanism, then they would know that not all Satanists worship Satan as a deity. Furthermore, as evidence of their complete lack of knowledge, the afore mentioned points on their list are not only incorrect, but are not related to Satanism either.

New Age: To unleash “inner gods” or spiritual guides, and attain mortal omnipotence. Satanists sell this concept, because it has almost all the elements that they believe in.”

The New Age movement, as per Wikipedia is defined as: “The New Age movement is a Western spiritual movement that developed in the second half of the 20th century. Its central precepts have been described as “drawing on both Eastern and Western spiritual and metaphysical traditions and infusing them with influences from self-help and motivational psychology, holistic health, parapsychology, consciousness research and quantum physics”.”

The New Age movement is not about ‘unleashing’ spiritual beings in the pursuit of attaining god-like personal power; nor is this movement popularized by practicing Satanists. The claim that the New Age movement is ‘satanic’ is however popularized by the Christian church and it is a claim that is based on prejudice and not on any credible fact.

The article then moves on to target Satanism, which it claims is defined by the Concise Oxford Dictionary (1997, 1004) as:

Deliberate wickedness, pursuit of evil for its own sake, diabolical disposition; Worship of Satan, with travesty of Christian forms”

However, the online edition of the Oxford dictionary defines Satanism as: “the worship of Satan, typically involving a travesty of Christian symbols and practices, such as placing a cross upside down”. The print edition of the Oxford English Dictionary defines Satanism as: “the worship of Satanism”. And further defines Satanism as: “Satanism is a group of religions with diverse ideological and philosophical beliefs. Their shared features include symbolic association with, admiration for the character of, and even veneration of Satan or similar rebellious, promethean, and in their view liberating figures.”

It should be noted that none of the three definitions evidenced above make mention of ‘deliberate wickedness’, the ‘pursuit of evil’ or any ‘diabolical disposition’. Understandably it could be argued that the definition provided in the article was, in fact, the definition printed in the 1997 edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary, but until such a time as I can verify the quote, I will remain skeptical.

However in Warriors against Evil, Satanism is defined as:

Satanism uses the supernatural powers ruled by Satan to make a mockery of Christianity.”

Again, this is yet another statement that only shows how little Kobus Jonker and the then ORCU knows about Satanism. It is only in the eyes of Christians that Satanism is seen as a direct mockery of Christian beliefs, and they are ones who perpetuate the satanic panic myths. Myths which, more often than not, rebellious teenagers fulfill and when such an occasion arises, the Christian community and the likes of Kobus Jonker stand proud and state, ‘ah, see it is true. Satanism is alive and real. Turn to God and repent.’ When in reality if they had used logic and set aside their prejudice to learn about the occult and Satanism from the real occult experts- actual practitioners- then such an incident would perhaps have been prevented altogether.

However, Jonker and his then ORCU had the audacity to claim that prevention of the occult was their true, tax-funded aim:

The field of the occult is wide and complex, which makes it extremely difficult to investigate or prevent its harmful activities.”

Contradictory considering the previous statement that there is very little knowledge about the occult in reference to Satanism, and considering the belief held by the ORCU that the occult equals Satanism, therefore the original claim indicated that there was very little knowledge on the occult. What is more disturbing is the assertion in this statement that all occult activities are a) dangerous and b) because of the former, they warrant SAPS investigation funded by the tax payer.

The above statement is highly offensive and discriminatory considering that constitutionally protected and recognized minority religions like Paganism, Witchcraft, Wicca and Satanism identify as being occult religions. The overall implication put forward by Jonker is that minority religions that identify as ‘occult’ are deserving of SAPS scrutiny and possible persecution. This assertion can be evidenced in the mandate of investigation of the previous ORCU:

“…the Occult-related Crime Unit has to handle aspects such as:

  • Satanist manifestations, practices and observances.
  • Dangerous cults, sects/churches for the state of the community.
  • Witchcraft-related crime.
  • Supernatural happenings.
  • Secret organizations.
  • Deliverance through pastoral guidance.”

The above quote only proves the unconstitutionality of the previous ORCU. One would think that given the mistakes of the past, the resurrected ORCU would learn from them, forsake the title, ‘occult-related crime unit’, and focus on muthi murders, accusations of witchcraft and witch-purging? The stark reality is that the reinvented ORCU is picking up exactly where its forbearers left off, and the leaked memo stating the new ORCU mandate of investigation (which can be found here) only goes to prove it.

Warriors against Evil then goes to explain exactly who could be vulnerable to the sway of Satanism and the occult- the youth. Jonker is quoted as saying that children as young as eight are targeted by Satanists to join their ranks. And that the reason they are allegedly so successful at capturing the youth is that there is a loss of family structure in society. This in turn leads to confused youngsters who are cynical about the future and see no potential in it for them. Ultimately this is the reason why the youth rebel, and according to Jonker, this is what the occult thrives on this.

What is not mentioned is that rebellion is considered a normal part of teenage development, that ‘broken homes’ are actually nothing new and that any teenager who tries to go the ‘shock value’ route is looking for attention. Instead all the blame for this is laid at a lack of faith in Christianity by society and the sway of Satanism and the occult. But what follows is a look at the extent of Jonker’s occult fantasy:

According to Sen Supt Jonker, Satanism automatically involves crime.”

And there we have Jonker’s true feelings about minority religions protected under the South African Constitution- if you are a Satanist (or identify your faith as being occult in nature as by Jonker’s logic occult=Satanism), you are automatically a criminal in dire need of persecution. What is even scarier is that the new ORCU was trained by Jonker and have in all likelyhood been indoctrinated into this tragic line of thought too.

Specialists in the Occult-related Crime Unit deal with crimes committed by persons who believe in the occult and share in the manifestations, practices and observances linked to Satanism, which constitutes criminal acts.”

One has to ask the question if the majority of crimes committed in South Africa today are by people who identify as Christian, why is there no ‘Christian-related Crime Unit’? If the SAPS did, and do once again, believe that the religious beliefs of a criminal are worthy of investigation, why are there not units for the different religious beliefs in South Africa? The simple answer is it would be deemed unconstitutional and there would be mass public outcry… but singling out those of minority faiths seems to be of no concern to SAPS whatsoever, both in the past and the present.

What follows next is a small blurb by Adv DM Clarke of the then SAPS Head Office stating that all religions are protected under the constitution. A small trinket that we are supposed to buy as being ‘politically correct’, but as many know, actions speak louder than words; and Jonker and the actions of his ORCU have spoken volumes in the past and present.

And this paragraph in Warriors against Evil is finished off with, “Bedsides the fact that most atrocious crimes are committed in the exercise of Satanism…”. Further evidence of the exclusively Christian perspective held by Jonker and the ORCU- the mentality of ‘the devil made him do it’ as no man (or woman) would possibly commit a horrific crime due to psychological imbalances. Such a mentality belongs in the Middle Ages, not in modern day police work funded by tax payers.

The article then move on to the Myth of Jonker; a truly fantastical tale of a man chosen by God almighty to thwart teenage Satanists who meditated to Judas Priest, even going against SAPS protocol and orders from his superiors to complete his ‘Divine work’. As with all things related to Jonker, I doubt its credibility and facts. Furthermore I do not wish to lend the Myth of Jonker anymore credence than it is due, which by more opinion happens to be zero.

 The final section of Warriors against Evil details who exactly should serve in the ORCU and what caliber of police investigator is required to carry out the work of this unit.

“SAPS members who want to serve in this Unit must acknowledge the supernatural world. They must strongly believe in Jesus Christ, because Satanism’s main enemy is Jesus Christ.”

Again the blatant prejudice of Jonker and the previous ORCU is evidenced. The members of the ORCU believed they were on a spiritual mission from God to persecute all and sundry they believed to be against their beliefs. The worst of it is they did this using the tax payers money and abused innocent members of the public under the guise of the law. The ORCU of the past was nothing more than a collection of self-important Christian fanatics running on an ego high and bullying communities that fell outside the mainstream. But I have to wonder, given that the current ORCU was trained by Jonker, whether we will see a repeat of history, and whether the current ORCU follows the same acceptance criteria, mandate and ‘logic’ as its predecessor.

NOTE: Servamus is targeted at members of the South African Police Services

Exposing the Lies – Inside Servamus’ ‘Drugs & Occult-Related Crime’ Part 2.

Each week in the Exposing the Lies series an article from Servamus’ Drugs and Occult-Related Crime: The Facts, The Answers will be dissected and shown for the religious propaganda that it is. This week we look at an article that shows the reader alleged ‘warning signs’ of Satanic involvement.

Breaking the Circle

The article opens with the claim that:

“Family time is most of the time non-existent or non-effective. Psychologists say that of the nine minutes a day that a parent has interactions with a child, six are negative: What are you doing…why didn’t you…keep quiet! etc.”

The above statement is based on an article by Christian life coach, Brian Osher; who is not a certified or registered psychologist or mental health practitioner. In turn, Osher’s source for this information is not credible scientific study or research but is based on a survey done by marketing company Nielsen. This is not credible or even remotely true information.

The opening paragraph then goes on to make the claim that:

Breakdown in communication damages family structure and could cause feelings of insecurity and rejection among children. Children are often left to make up their own minds about ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, which leaves them even more confused. Some children look for attention, acceptance and love somewhere else.”

According to registered Pretoria counselor Amanda Rykaart, this “is a very broad, sweeping statement”. She goes on to explain that, while not totally wrong, it is too generalized. She says, “Millions of children grow up with this background and become fully-functional productive adults,” and that this cannot be seen as an “indicator or precursor of Satanism.” Furthermore, children affected by such a background are more likely to turn to coping mechanisms like withdrawal, isolation, drugs, alcohol, gangsterism and while definitely vulnerable, only a small minority may experiment with casual Satanism also known as ‘legend tripping’).

In short, the opening paragraph of Breaking the Circle is not based on credible research or professional opinion and is therefore unrelated to the topic of alleged ‘Satanism’.

Alleged Warning Signs of Satanic Involvement

Also listed on FH Havenga’s Aserac website, and widely quoted in the media is the list of supposed ‘warning signs’ of occult or Satanic involvement. This list is irresponsible in its inclusion of what could be interpreted as (or actually are) medical conditions, indicators of psychological disorders or typical teenage behavior.

First on the list is: “An obsession with seemingly innocent ‘games’, eg Ouija board, glassy-glassy, crystal gazing etc.” Obsession can be defined as having an unhealthy preoccupation with something, and is applied in instances where the focus of an obsession impairs the functioning of day-to-day life. It should also be stated that divination forms do not form a mandated part of religious Satanic practices. If an individual had reached a point where they could not make normal daily decisions without the use of divination, they would need a psychiatrist and not a minister- it would not be a ‘sign’ of involvement with supposed devious ‘Satanic practices’.

Next on the list is: “Intense interest in studying or dabbling in mysticism, ESP and spirit channeling.” Much as before, an interest in studying or casually learning about occult practices that are not a mandated part of Satanic religious practices or beliefs does not constitute involvement in alleged sinister ‘Satanism’; which is only casually practiced by rebellious teenagers experimenting with the very myths alleged ‘occult experts’ perpetuate.

Furthermore, ‘mysticism’ can cover any world religion, including Christianity and one could go so far to say that Charismatic Christian churches where participants ‘speak in tongues’ and are taken over by the Holy Spirit, are a form of spirit channeling. ESP is considered a paranormal psychic phenomenon, and the study of ESP is not mandated in any Satanic religious practices or beliefs.

Intense interest in heavy metal music,” is listed as the third ‘symptom’ of Satanic involvement. This is base satanic panic fodder and one’s personal musical preferences are no indication of religious beliefs. It also begs the question of what happens in the instance of Christian metal?

Fourth on the list is: “Possession of specific Satanic-related items, which may include knives, small pots, cauldrons, special salts or herbs, animal parts, bones, black candles, amulets, talismans and charms.”

The problem with this statement is that the objects listed are not specific to Satanism. In normal Satanic religious rituals a dagger, sword or knife is used to trace sigils in the air or ground for invocations. However, a ritual knife- commonly called an athame– is also used in many Pagan traditions for similar purposes. Again, while the ‘small pots’ listed in the article is vague, the use of small fire-proof containers is evident in Satanic religious practices and Pagan religious practices alike. There is no evidence to suggest that cauldrons form a mandated part of Satanic religious practices either, however they are a ritual tool in many Pagan traditions.

Equally vague in this alleged ‘symptom’ are the special salts or herbs, animal parts, and bones. In my personal opinion I believe this is an instance where Traditional African Medicine (Muti) has been confused with Satanic practices.

In both normal Satanic and Pagan religious practices candles do form a part of ritual, however black candles are not used exclusively. Furthermore, to quote Theistic Satanist James L. Nicholson III:

“The color black, is typically associated with strength, protection and the dark energy of the Black Flame, but not evil. Using black candles is one way to bring more power into your workings, but it is not the only powerful color you can use.”

It should also be noted that amulets, talismans and charms can be found in numerous world religions, including Christianity; one only has to look at Catholicism to see this. There is also no description of what these trinkets should look like if they are to be ‘Satanic’, leaving virtually any small trinket open to being labeled a ‘Satanic’ charm, amulet or talisman.

Severe mood swings, a drop in school marks, intense introspection, depression, sleep disturbances, frequent nightmares, paranoia or excessive fear/anxiety,” are the next set of supposed indications of ‘Satanic involvement’. Yet again, this is standard satanic panic fare and these symptoms are often incorrectly believed to be indications of satanic ritual abuse. These symptoms are indicative of psychological disturbances and would require the aid of a registered psychologist!

The next listed sign is, “Inappropriate sexual tendencies or fantasies.” Just as with the previous sign, this may be indicative of a psychological disorder and not alleged Satanic involvement. It is also vague and open to individual interpretation, especially harmful when considering the many sexual taboos in conservative Christianity.

Following this is the, “Possession of or intense interest in occult and books on magic like The Satanic Bible, the works of Aleister Crowly (sic). Many Satanists have a Book of Shadows, a self-designed, secret diary of their activities and ideas. It will, without exception, be in a peculiar code.”

Another ‘sign’ that shows the ineptitude of those who claim to be ‘occult experts’. Possession of Occult literature does not make one a Satanist in the same way owning a Bible does not automatically make one a Christian. It should also be noted that, unlike Kobus Jonker claims, Satanism is not ‘the occult’ and vice versa.

Additionally, the Book of Shadows is considered to be a part of many Pagan traditions, most notably Witchcraft and Wicca. It is a collection of an individual Pagan practitioner’s or a group’s beliefs, ethics and also includes literature on religious holidays (Sabbats), mythology, important correspondences etc. A practicing Satanist may have a journal where they chronicle magickal workings and spiritual experiences, but it is not “without exception” in a “peculiar code” (and the same can be said of a Pagan’s Book of Shadows).

Breaking the Circle then claims that, “Involvement with friends that wear black, greet each other with the Satanic salute and visit alternative clubs regularly” is another sign of someone being involved in Satanism. This point then goes on to add that, “They communicate with one another in code, eg by writing or talking some intelligible jargon,”and that, “Rejection of the normal friend circle, being secretive about new friends, and organising/involvement in secret meetings,” are also symptomatic of Satanic involvement.

This sign is, once again, standard satanic panic fodder based on Christian misinterpretations of Goth sub-cultures and links back to the idea of heavy metal being ‘Satanic’. There is no basis to this claim and it is totally false.

–        “A sudden or rapid change in attitudes towards authorities. A rebellious, sullen spirit towards parents.

–        Secretive and withdrawn. Some places of the child’s room are locked and out of reach of parents, brothers and sisters.”

The above signs, as listed in Breaking the Circle, could be considered typical teenage behavior, or at the very least indicative of psychological issues- they are not signs of supposed ‘Satanic involvement’.

–        “Lack of empathy towards others the hurt of others, be it people or animals in distress.

–        Suicidal tendencies and self-destructive behavior.

–        Drastic personality changes. (From a perfectionist to a room where you can find the wardrobe on the floor.)

–        Use of illegal drugs of any kind; alcohol abuse

–        Evidence of cruelty to animals.

–        A philosophy or attitude that shows a reversal of norm, eg bad is good and good is bad.

–        Self mutilation, including cutting oneself or marking with tattoos.

–        Obsessive preoccupation with death and gruesome and bizarre methods of dying.

The inclusion of the above collection of ‘Satanic involvement’ signs is most troubling. If anything, these ‘signs’ are indications of psychological issues that would warrant counseling by a qualified and registered counselor or therapist. If a misinformed parent took this list of supposed ‘signs’ as truth and acted on this article’s ‘information’ by taking their child or teenager to a minister, it could possibly cause a child or teenager more harm than good. This list is wholly irresponsible and reckless!

An, “Animosity towards Christianity, the church and Jesus Christ,” and further elaborated as a, “Resistance and hate towards God and religious leaders,” is further listed. There are many people who display an ‘animosity’ towards Christianity, its beliefs and organizations, foremost are some atheists. Again this ‘sign’ is not indicative of anything but a waning faith in the Christian religion. Regardless what Christians may think, their religion isn’t for everyone no matter how hard some of them evangelize, and a rejection of Christianity is not automatically make one a Satanist.

The use of Satanic nicknames that can be traced to the Middle Ages,” is yet another confused statement inBreaking the Circle. The use of magickal or craft names is common in Pagan traditions; but the practice of taking on a new name when converting to a religion is common in numerous world religions including Islam and Christianity to name a few. What should be made clear is that these are not just ‘nicknames’, but names that show a new devotee’s commitment to their beliefs and the name almost always has deep spiritual significance. It should also be stated that these names cannot be ‘traced to the Middle Ages’.

Just as disturbing as the symptoms of possible psychological disorders listed in Breaking the Circle is the following ‘sign’: “Unusual body movements, such as twitching, tics, rocking, glazed eyes, head banging, moaning or groaning and chanting.” This is yet another totally irresponsible inclusion- any one of these supposed symptoms are likely indicators of neurological disorders and are deserving of immediate medical attention and not salvation through Jesus as is suggested at the end of the article!

And in the same medical vein is the inclusion of, “Different sexually transmitted diseases,” as an alleged ‘sign’ of Satanic involvement. Again, this is an irresponsible inclusion. Sexually transmitted diseases are in no way a ‘sign’ that one’s child or teenager is practicing Satanism, but it is a sign that they are having unprotected sex.

Again, playing into the Christian belief that the Goth sub-culture is synonymous with Satanism are the following ‘signs’:

–        “Desire to paint room black.

–        Black clothing, when worn almost exclusively or when combined with the wearing of jewellery, buttons or paraphernalia with occult symbols or names of heavy metal groups. A child who is recruited by a Satanist covens (sic), will without exception receive jewellery from the high priest and be told to always wear it.

–        Fascination or obsession with horror books and/or occult movies.

Wearing black clothing, liking the colour black and reading horror books does not make one a Satanist. Furthermore, the claim that a child recruited by a Satanic ‘coven’ will ‘without exception’ receive jewellery is completely false. Also to be noted; modern day Satanists are organized into grottos, pylons and temples- Pagans in Wiccan and Witchcraft traditions are organized into covens.

The only alleged ‘sign’ in Breaking the Circle that might be indicative of a child or teenager having an interest in Satanism or Occult philosophies is: “Writing poems and letters about Satanism or with occult sign pictures and occult symbols (upside down crosses, pentagram, 666).”

However the latter part of this sign is where the wheels, once again, fall off: “Secret messages: full sheets of paper with everything written backwards. Look at your child’s schoolwork and books, especially at the art projects the child did at school.” Supposed ‘secret messages’ are not a sign of Satanic involvement.

The Satanic Calendar

Breaking the Circle then moves on to a section titled Signs and Symbols which offers to ‘educate’ the reader on the Satanic Calendar and symbols supposedly used by Satanists. This section opens with:

Covens meet monthly (Esbat) at full moon and on their eight Sabbaths (High days). The following dates are regarded as high points of Satanist activity. This is an abridged version of the Satanic calendar. Dates may be changed from time to time. The beginning of each season also plays a role. Most of the time this calendar is used in the Northern as well as the Southern Hemisphere.”

It is Pagan, specifically Wiccan based covens, that meet monthly for an Esbat celebration at the full moon- the terminology ‘Esbat’ is specifically Wiccan (Pagan) and not Satanist. Again, it is the Pagan, specifically Wiccan tradition, which has eight Sabbats in their religious calendar and not Satanists. The inclusion of this amounts to religious discrimination, especially when considering that public relations work has been done by the Pagan community with Kobus Jonker regarding Pagan beliefs and practices.

The alleged Satanic Calendar as listed in Breaking the Circle cites the following ‘high days’:


7 St Winebald Day. Blood rituals. Dismemberment. Animal/human sacrifice.

17 Satanic revels. Sexual rituals.

20-26 Sacrifice preparation: kidnapping, holding and ceremonial preparation of person for human sacrifice.

26 The Da Muer ritual. Grand climax. Sex rituals and human sacrifice of woman/child.


2 Candlemas. Mass initiation of new members and animal or human sacrifice.


1 St Eichatadt Day. Blood ritual, involving the drinking of human blood for strength and homage/honors to demons.

20 Vernal/Spring equinox. A feast day involving orgies and animal or human sacrifices.

24 Feast of the Beast. A 16-year-old becomes the bride of Satan in a marriage ceremony.


Easter weekend: Black Mass/Black Sabbath. To mock the death of Jesus Christ, a man is sacrificed on Good Friday. On Easter Sunday, known to Satanists as Unholy Sunday, a woman or man is sacrificed, followed by three days of fasting and chanting.

19-25 Sacrifice preparation: kidnapping, holding and ceremonial preparation of person for human sacrifice.

25 The Da Muer ritual. Grand Climax. Sex rituals and sacrifice of a woman or a young girl.

30 Walpurgis Night/Beltane. One of the most important nights on the Satanic calendar. Blood rituals and human sacrifice take place.


24 Ascension day. Rituals to mock the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven.


17 Corpus Christi- Feast to mock the body and blood of Jesus Christ

21 St Johns Eve. Feast day with orgies and animal or human sacrifice.


1 Demon Revels. Blood Rituals and sexual relations with demons.

20-27 Sacrifice preparation: kidnapping, holding and ceremonial preparation of person for human sacrifice.

27 Climax. Sex rituals and sacrifice of a woman


1 Lammas Day. Animal or human sacrifice

3 Satanic revels. Sexual ritual.


20 Autumnal Equinox. Midnight Host. Blood ritual. Dismemberment of corpses: hands removed for Hand of Glory rituals. Cannibalism usually occurs.

23 Feast day and sexual orgies, with human sacrifice.


22-29 Sacrifice preparation: kidnapping, holding and ceremonial preparation of person for human sacrifice.

28-30 Satanist High Unholy Days. Related to Halloween. Human sacrifices.

31 All Hallows Eve (Halloween). One of the two most important nights of the year. Attempts are made to break the bond which is keeping the doors to the underworld closed. Blood and sexual rituals. Sexual association with demons. Animal and human sacrifices- male or female.


1-3 High Unholy Days. Related to Halloween. Human sacrifices.


22 Summer solstice. Animal and human sacrifices are made.

24 Demon revels. Male or female sacrifice.

25 Yuletide. Celebration of the birth of the sun as a young babe to the great goddess.”

What is most important to point out, is that in modern Satanic religious practices there is no ritual sacrifice involving the killing of animals or humans. Any such claims are not only against Satanic religious principles and philosophies, but are completely false and have their roots in the myths of satanic ritual abuse- myths which have been debunked by a 1992 FBI investigation. To quote The Satanic Bible, “Satanism respects and exalts life. Children and animals are the purest expressions of that life force, and as such are held sacred and precious”.

There are only three holidays that Anton Le Vay mentioned in The Satanic Bible: the practitioner’s own birthday, Walpurgisnacht and Halloween. One’s birthday is the most important holiday as it is the birthdate of one’s own god. Walpurgisnacht is traditionally a European spring festival falling on either 30 April or 1 May. Anton Le Vay adopted this holiday to mark the formation of The Church of Satan in 1966, and the holiday is commonly celebrated with private parties or group rituals. And according to Wikipedia, “Halloween is a popular date for both private and group ritual ceremonies, but also a popular date for Satanists to hold private parties for no other purpose than to enjoy the dark fun that is commonly celebrated on that date by the public at large. If anything, Satanists seem to take a sense of irony and humor in the holiday.”

Anton Le Vay also made mention of the seasonal equinoxes and solstices as lesser holidays in The Satanic Bible; although no outline is given to how they are celebrated and they are simply called by their standard term (eg, spring equinox, winter solstice etc).

Numerous investigations have been conducted on the sources of information- satanic ritual abuse books- for this alleged calendar. All those investigations have debunked the dates given in pro-SRA media as being nothing more than a hoax, whether they were misappropriated from Roman Catholic or Wiccan calendars or simply invented.

As for the ‘Black Mass’, according to Anton Le Vay it is not used by modern day Satanists and is most certainly not what Christian fundamentalists paint it to be.

The final ‘warning sign’ listed in Breaking the Circle is that a child or teenager involved in Satanism will display“strange behavior on Satanic and occult holidays”. When taking into consideration that this calendar claims to be the abridged version, one has to wonder if a child or teenager is left with a day in the year to be outside of rigid fundamentalist Christian norms.

One is also left wondering not only how any Satanist of the article’s standards holds down a day job with such a rigorous calendar, but how they are not suspected of being a serial murderer; not to mention how it is possible to have and celebrate the occurrence of both the winter and summer solstices in December. In short, this calendar is nothing but offensive in its ignorance and blatant lies.

But the lies do not stop there. Following the alleged ‘Satanic Calendar’ is a list of the eight Sabbaths of Satanists.

Eight Sabbaths

(For discipline, fertility, mocking of Christianity)

 Feb 2  Candlemass

Apr (varies)  Good Friday

Apr 30  May night/ Maypole dance

May 1  Beltane (May Day)

Jun 21  St John’s Eve

Aug 1  Lammas

Oct 31  Halloween

Des 1  St Thomas day

This list is totally false- none of these holidays are celebrated by Satanists. However, half of them are celebrated by numerous Pagan traditions, albeit those in the Northern Hemisphere on those specific dates. This only goes to show that the author of this article could either not be bothered to do credible research, or that she chooses to buy into the satanic panic lie.

The section of important Satanic dates is finished with a short list of ‘Satanic’ colour symbolism.

The following colours have specific meaning for Satanists:

Black: Darkness, night, evil, devil, sorrow.

Blue: Vigilance, water, tears, sadness, pornography.

Green: Vegetation, nature, soothing, restful.

Red: Blood, physical life, energy.

White: Cleanliness, purity, innocence.

Yellow: Perfection, wealth, glory, power”

It should be stated that ‘pornography’ does not form a part of Satanic religious practices and therefore the colour blue is not associated with pornography; nor is there any such colour correspondence to pornography in any occult texts and the colour blue in not associated with any of its other supposed correspondences. The idea that the colour black symbolizes evil is a very common misconception born of the period of Satanic Panic. Within Satanism black is seen as being symbolic of strength, protection and untapped potential.

Supposed Satanic Symbols and Signs

What follows next in Breaking the Circle is a page dedicated to interpretations of supposed Satanic symbols. First on the list is the triangle, which the article claims is used in “coven meetings” to mark the place where a demon will appear. Again, a Satanic group is called a temple, grotto or pylon; the term ‘coven’ is given to a group of Wiccan or Witchcraft practitioners- it is not used in Satanism.

A triangle is used in ceremonial magic as part of ‘The Triangle of Solomon’ for spirit conjuration, both for angelic and demonic spirits, and is generally placed outside of the magic circle. It is also a much more complicated design than a simple triangle shape. The triangle of ceremonial magic is not used in religious Satanic practices, and as such, is not a Satanic symbol.

Breaking the Circle claims that the anarchy symbol of an ‘A’ in a circle is used in Satanism as it represents “the overthrow of all laws, natural and man-made”. Simply put, the popular anarchy symbol is not employed in Satanism and this statement is false.

There seems to be some confusion in the next statement, which only further goes to show that the source of this information is anything but an ‘expert’ on the occult.

“Many Satanist symbols, such as the pentagram, are enclosed by a circle. It symbolizes eternity as it has no beginning and no end. The circle is also used for protection; demonic power is supposedly kept within the circle and danger outside it. When used in Satanic rituals, it is normally nine feet in diameter.”

While yes, a circle symbolizes eternity, it is not just ‘Satanist’ symbols that incorporate a circle. The confusion comes in with the graphic symbol of a circle, and the use of a magical circle in Pagan, Satanist and ceremonial magic practices. The latter is used indeed for protection and is seen as an energy based barrier that keeps unwanted influences out during workings. However, it is commonly in Pagan practices that the magic circle is ‘nine feet in diameter’ in solitary rituals.

The next image on the list is of a pentagram, but the accompanying text names it as a ‘Pentacle’ and states that it is, “A pentagram without an enclosing circle. Drawings or symbols representing gods of the underworld are often inscribed with it.” In general terms, a pentacle is a pentagram enclosed within a circle and it is the symbol of faith for Wiccans and other Neo-Pagan religions.

This is followed by what the author alleges is a pentagram, but what is commonly identified as a pentacle- a star made of five lines enclosed in a circle. According to the article:

Pentagram (black magic) and pentagon (white magic) are used. The top point represents the spirit and the other points represent wind, fire, water and earth. The five points also symbolize the five means: religion, occultism, finances, politics and sex by which the four principalities (Appolyon, Abbaddon, Belial and The Beast) control the world.”

It goes without saying that a pentagon is a mathematical shape and that only. It is not used in supposed ‘white magic’ just as a pentagram is not used in what the author calls ‘black magic’- polarities in magickal practices exist only in the Christian mind which is naturally predisposed to seeing the world in terms of black versus white, good versus evil.

As for the four principalities, not only are the spellings incorrect but the idea of these four principalities, as in the article, exists solely within Satanic Panic myths. Apollyon is the Greek name of the Herbew Abaddon and exists only within Christian and Judaic mythology- they are the same entity and not separate entities as the article claims. Belial is a Hebrew term that means ‘worthless’ and later became a demon within Christian mythology. The only statement that has a grain of truth is that the pentagram shape is used as a representation of the five elements; however what is termed wind should actually be ‘air’.

According to Breaking the Circle the inverted pentagram “is Satanic in nature and represents the goat’s head”.While an inverted pentagram is used within Satanism it does not automatically make it ‘Satanic in nature’ and it can also be found in some Pagan practices.

The infamous ‘witchgram’ as it has recently been called by Kobus Jonker, or hexagram to those with actual occult knowledge, is next on the list. In Breaking the Circle it is claimed to be “one of the most powerful symbols in the Satanic or occult world”. In occult practices a hexagram is known as the ‘Seal of Solomon’, but it is not a symbol that features in modern Satanic practices. However a hexagram, or Star of David, is one of the most prominent symbols of Judaism and is used in Christianity where it is called the Star of Creation.

A favorite amongst those who attempt to keep Satanic Panic myths alive, the ‘Cross of Nero’ or peace sign is claimed to represent “a denial of Christianity and symbolizes the breaking off from the Christian church that every Satanist undergoes when initiated.” The peace sign is not an ‘old symbol’ as the article claims. It was designed in 1958 and became a sign of support for the campaign for unilateral nuclear disarmament by Britain. The peace sign was later adopted in America as a sign of the anti-war movement. It is not a religious symbol and the termCross of Nero in relation to the peace sign exists solely within Satanic Panic myths.

Another symbol that exists only within the myths and propaganda of Satanic Panic is the supposed ‘Satanic S’. According to the article it represents “Lucifer falling like a lightning bolt from the sky”. Again, this is a symbol that is not used in Satanism.

Breaking the Circle then goes on to claim that the Egyptian symbol of the ankh is used as a ‘sex symbol’ in Satanism. Again, this is another nonsensical statement devoid of truth- the ankh is not used in modern Satanic religious practices.

It is then claimed that the symbol for infinity, found in mathematics and physics, is a ‘Satanic’ symbol that “signifies the belief that Lucifer will reign forever.” Again, it is not a ‘Satanic symbol’ and it does not feature as a religious symbol in any world religion.

In the article it is also claimed that a symbol referred to as the ‘Third Eye’ is a Satanic symbol. What is pictured is an image of The All-Seeing Eye, which as with the majority of the symbols featured in the article, is not a Satanic symbol. The idea that it is a Satanic symbol was born out of foolish illuminati conspiracy theories. The reality is that the all-seeing eye (or Eye of Providence) represents the eye of God watching over humankind, with the triangle representing the Holy Christian Trinity. It was a symbol of Christianity in the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods and its name in the article has been confused with Eastern beliefs in chakras.

Yet another alleged ‘Satanic symbol’ is that of the scarab beetle, which according to Breaking the Circle, is associated with Beelzebub. One has to ask the question why what is regarded as an Ancient Egyptian solar symbol and is a beetle, is associated with a Christian mythical figure often referred to as ‘Lord of the Flies’. Again, the symbol of the scarab is not a Satanic symbol.

The ‘Black Goat’ symbol, or the ‘Sigil of Baphomet’, is probably one of the few symbols on this list that is undoubtedly used in Satanism and is a registered trademark of The Church of Satan. Another symbol on the list is the alchemy symbol for brimstone, known as the element of sulfur, which has long being associated with Satan and hell by the Christian church. According to, Le Vey may have used this symbol (which appears above the Nine Satanic Statements in The Satanic Bible) “as a humorous gesture to poke fun at Christianity”.

And while it is widely claimed that the inverted cross is a Satanic symbol, as it does in Breaking the Circle, it is actually a Christian symbol found in Catholicism. The inverted cross represents the crucifixion of St Peter and while is still a symbol of the Papacy, it has been attributed to Satanism by early 20th century Christian writers as being a blasphemy of Christ; which in turn has been unofficially adopted by some Satanists to show their rejection of Christianity.

In Breaking the Circle it is also claimed that three interlocking circles, the ‘Satanic Salute’, swastikas and the number ‘666’ (or FFF in alphabet form) are symbols used in the occult and Satanism. The information given on these alleged symbols is also totally false and concocted. Once more these claims are based on nothing more than the myths born of the period termed ‘Satanic Panic’. These claims are based on heresy and misinterpretation of religious symbols and texts by fundamentalist Christians.

Even the symbols of other religions are not safe from the narrow-minded Christian perspective. According toBreaking the Circle the Yin Yang symbol is a ‘Satanic symbol’. The concept of yin-yang is found in Chinese philosophy and according to Wikipedia, “is used to describe how polar opposites or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn in relation to each other”. It is not a Satanic symbol.

The same can be said of what is termed the upside-down axe which is claimed to be an Ancient Roman symbol of justice, that when inverted, becomes the Satanic symbol of ‘anti-justice’. This is a misinterpretation of the Ancient Roman Fasces; a bundle of wooden sticks with a single axe blade (not double as is pictured in the article) emerging from the center, which symbolized summary power and jurisdiction, and/or “strength through unity”. In all likelihood the image is based on the labrys (the Ancient Minoan symbol of an axe), which was adopted by feminist and lesbian movements that was seen as a threat to patriarchal Christianity.

The final symbol on this extensive and incredibly inaccurate list is that of the ‘cross of confusion’ which is claimed to represent ‘the Antichrist’. It is further elaborated in Breaking the Circle that “it questions the existence of Christianity and the validity of the cross of Christ.” Just as with the majority of the symbols on this list, not only is it incorrectly attributed to Satanism, but it’s supposed meaning is false.

The origins of the ‘cross of confusion’ are obscure with some denoting its origins to Kronos or Saturn where it is actually representative of a sickle (as the question mark was not found in Ancient Roman and Greek punctuation). In a modern context it is used as a symbol of adopting a questioning spirit and has been used as a symbol by the bands Devildriver and The Blue Oyster Cult.

The last page of Breaking the Circle features an image of various magickal scripts: Theban, Passing the River, Celestial and Malachim. According to the accompanying text these alphabets are used by Satanists for discreet communication. The reality is that these occult alphabets are used in ceremonial magic and various Wiccan and Witchcraft traditions. And while they may be used by a practicing Satanist, they do not form a part of Satanic religious practices.

Breaking the Circle then closes with the claim that Satanism is evil and is “The Kingdom of Darkness and fear”. Just as with all the articles in Servamus’ ‘special edition’, this view is wholly from the Christian perspective and only displays their need for an imaginary fear. And of course, the only cure for Satanism is acceptance of Jesus Christ as it is explicitly expressed in the closing paragraph.

What Breaking the Circle fails to acknowledge in its effort to convert the free-thinking youth is that in South Africa everyone is entitled under the South African Constitution to freedom of religion without discrimination or persecution. This article is an affront to human rights and blatantly discriminatory and false. But what is most troubling is that not only does this ‘information’ hold the potential to harm innocent children and teenagers, it is marketed to the very people who are meant to protect us from harm- SAPS officers.

Exposing the Lies – Inside Servamus’ ‘Drugs & Occult-Related Crime’ Part 3.

Part 1.  /  Part 2.

In each edition of the Exposing the lies series an article from Servamus’ Drugs and Occult-Related Crime: The Facts, The Answers will be dissected and shown for the religious propaganda that it is. This edition we look at an article that claims to show the ways in which Satanism and ‘the occult’ are supposedly trying to recruit children.


Who is Recruiting your Child?

If you went according to the imagery just beneath the title, the answer as to who is recruiting your child would have to be, ‘clowns’. Aside from the nonsensical claims featured in Servamus’ Who is Recruiting your Child? the article also boasts numerous images from Marilyn Manson to alleged ‘Satanic poetry’ to the cover of the book, Witches: An Encyclopedia of Paganism and Magic (Kyle Cathie Limited, 1996).

The article opens with the claim that there was a 100-300% increase in ‘occult-related crime’ between 1997 and 1998. These crimes are listed as: “murder, malicious damage to property, desecration of graves, missing persons and bomb threats”. This is a claim that is highly suspicious as none of these crimes form constituted requirements of any form of occult practices, so how can they be ‘occult crimes’? If anything, it is more likely that standard crimes were misinterpreted by Occult-Related Crime Unit members to falsely boost their statistics.

This claim is expanded on by stating that, according to FH Havinga, “80% of occult-related crimes are not reported”. Once again, as has already been evidenced in FH Havinga’s beliefs and ‘work’, he is a believer in Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA). A cornerstone of SRA myths is that Satanism and the ever elusive ‘the occult’ are based on criminal acts, acts which supposedly number in the thousands each year. However this is nothing more than myth and not based in the realm of fact.

This claim leads into the belief that, “many law enforcement personnel are ignorant about Satanism and do not recognize important evidence”. What this shows is that, a) this article, like the rest featured in the magazine, ignores the fact that even Satanists are afforded religious rights under the South African Constitution, and b) the false claim that crime is an essential cornerstone of Satanic religious beliefs and practices.

The true motives behind Servamus’ series of articles centering on Satanism and Occult practices is evidenced in the following statement: “What makes it even more complicated is that not all Satanist activities necessarily constitute crime.

This quote acknowledges that Satanism is not about crime and because of that, it is harder for individuals such as FH Havinga and the then Occult-Related Crime Unit to investigate and persecute Satanists. The true nature of South Africa’s period of Satanic Panic is evidenced in this single sentence: that regardless of an individual’s constitutionally protected beliefs, believers in SRA and members of the ORCU saw it as their Christian duty to convert such individuals to Christianity, more often than not abusing their position in the SAPS to do so.

Who is Recruiting your Child? then moves on to assume that the ‘modern generation’ is especially susceptible to alleged Satanic influence. The main reason for this supposed susceptibility is blamed on the internet which apparently brings, “pornography, online sex chats, children pornography, bestiality, blatant Satanism etc” directly into the home. This in turn results in children not being able to cope with such situations and as such, children turn to Satanism to find “acceptance, guidance and love”. These ideas are based on nothing but Christian fears regarding the internet that existed at the writing of this article (1997/8). There is no credible evidence to support the belief that negative experiences of the internet and media, such as described in the article, are to blame for Christian children exploring other spiritualities.

The article then moves on to the claim that Satan has a specific strategy in place for South Africa’s youth:

Satan uses the power of suggestion, deception, curiosity and covenants/pacts. An ex-Satanist mentioned that for a covenant with Satan to be legal, it does not matter whether you are drugged or underage. Satan attacks in three areas: gratification of the flesh (eg drugs, sex) of the ego (eg status, wealth) and of power (eg white and black magic).”

This alleged ‘strategy’ is totally false and based solely on Christian fears and not on any actual Satanic religious practices. It should also be noted that, considering that Pagan beliefs are termed as ‘white magic’ by FH Havinga (an information source for this article), it stands that the author of this article is pushing the false belief that Paganism is ‘of the devil’.

Next on the agenda is the topic of recruitment and the article claims that it “is a process in which many instruments and methods are used”. It is further claimed that a Satanist apparently has all the time in the world to dedicate to luring a Christian child into the world of Satanism: “It could take weeks, months or even years. Satanists infiltrate every level of society.”

The truth is that practicing Satanists can indeed be found at “every level of society” just as Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Pagans and individuals of various other faiths can. Furthermore, Satanism does not proselytize as Christianity does, so despite what this article claims, a practicing Satanist will never recruit anyone into their beliefs, whether child or adult.

Who is Recruiting your Child? then goes on to make the statement that “informal training [in Satanism] is provided by occult literature that is readily available.” There are two problems with this statement. The first is that, once again, we live in a democratic country and every citizen is guaranteed religious freedom; so whether someone chooses to study occult literature is their personal choice, and one they’re entitled to. The second point is that ‘the occult’ is not solely Satanism and it covers a very broad range of beliefs, practices and philosophies which are not sinister or damaging in the manner in which this article (and Servamus’ entire community edition) implies.

The article then bounces to the classic SRA standby- music. It is an exceptionally popular myth within SRA beliefs that Satanists listen to heavy metal exclusively and that the genre is performed by Satanists and has the ability to influence one to experiment with Satanism. And that is just it with this theory, it is a myth based on fear and has zero evidence to support the wild claims.

Using a quote by Vladimir Lenin, “One quick way to destroy a society is through its music,” the article only displays the link between Apartheid Communism fears and its post-Apartheid replacement, Satanism. The only source for this quote is the 1974 book, The Marxist Minstrels by David A. Noebel (American Christian College Press), where it was used in support of Noebel’s theory that rock music carried Communist intentions.

The supposed connection between Satanism and certain genres of music is further reinforced with the belief that Satan, in His role of the fallen angel, is associated with music; therefore according to SRA believers (such as the writer of the article and its sources) it seems only ‘logical’ that Satan would use music to attempt to reach children. And the reason why heavy metal and similar genres are ‘Satanic’ is that, according to the article, “heavy metal music promotes violence, suicide and the occult”. This is yet another claim that is false and cannot be supported by any evidence; and once more ‘the occult’ is wrongfully painted as being sinister.

The music angle is further pushed with a doctored quote from AC/DC guitarist Angus Young which directly reads: “Someone else is steering me, I become possessed when I am on stage- Angus Young (AC/DC, Hit Parader, 1995)”. The correct, original quote is from July 1985 and reads:

…it’s like I’m on automatic pilot. By the time we’re halfway through the first number someone else is steering me. I’m just along for the ride. I become possessed when I get on stage.”

This inaccurate quote is then followed with: “The covers and names of the lyrics most of the time indicate the content of the group’s message.” Contrary to popular SRA beliefs, the vast majority of musicians do not actively set out to portray a specific message as a unified group- it is generally held that song writing is the result of a creative process and not specific calculations to lure children into Satanism.

Who is Recruiting your Child? then moves on to describe how Satanists supposedly ‘recruit’ children. In the article it is claimed that, “talent scouts of a Satanic coven target a person’s natural abilities or weaknesses,” and that, “the coven curses that person with rebellion, lust etc.”

It should be stated that practicing LaVeyan Satanists are organized into grottos, pylons and temples- Pagan groups in Wiccan and Witchcraft traditions are organized into covens. This only goes to show the SRA myths at play that knowingly, and wrongfully, interchange Paganism with Satanism. Additionally, as already stated, Satanists do not recruit anyone into their beliefs as their path does not proselytize, and on that point alone the angle of this article is but a lie.

Furthermore the idea that Satanists supposedly cursing individuals are to blame for human behavior such as “rebellion, [or] lust” is based solely within the ideals of Christianity. It is the exact same principle of refusing to accept responsibility; instead using the excuse of, ‘the devil made me do it’ to justify feelings of guilt surrounding natural human behavior. It is also yet another common myth within the greater SRA myth.

The alleged recruitment process is further described: “Then s/he is invited to a party where there are free drugs and alcohol and trance music. Most of the time the drugs are camouflaged, heroin in the candles or drugs in the drinks or in the ice.”

Again, this is nothing more than Christian fears of the modern world where drugs are a danger, and at the writing of this article, trance music was incredibly popular. Instead of accepting that popular culture is fluid and changes, some Christian factions choose to hold to the popular culture of previous generations and out of fear, blame modern popular culture on the Satan of Christianity.

“Attractive witches (male or female) seduce boys and girls. These sexual orgies are often recorded on video and sold as pornography on the black market or used to blackmail recruits. Sexual abuse and sexual activity make up an important part of Satanic worship in order to facilitate demonic possession.”

Popular within the myths of SRA is the idea that Satanic worship consists of drug-fuelled orgies and sexual abuse. This is based on Christian misconceptions regarding ‘sex magic’ as sex boarders on taboo within Christian beliefs. Within Satanism, LeVayan Satanism specifically, sex is sometimes performed by two consenting adults in ritual to magically bring about a specific outcome. There are no orgies and absolutely no sexual abuse as the latter would go against LeVayan Satanic ethics. Therefore the idea that sex is used as a recruitment tool by Satanists is false.

Who is Recruiting your Child?  goes on to claim that there are numerous “Satanic clubs” in South Africa that host theme parties to lure children into Satanism. Once at the party the supposed chosen children are exclusively invited to a “room on the roof in the cellar with trance music”. What allegedly follows is termed, “a dance with the devil”, which then subsequently escalates to human sacrifice.

This claim is based on fear of dance clubs that occasionally host themed parties or evenings, and it is injected with SRA staples such as human sacrifice and imaginary Satanic rituals. There is no truth in this claim.

What follows in the article is a common claim that the New Age movement is essentially Satanic.

Many of the concepts that the New Age movements promote, are also promoted in Satanism. Examples are: mind control techniques, spiritual guides and chanting for spiritual power.”

The truth is that mind control is not found in Satanic religious practices or New Age practices and beliefs. The inaccurate inclusion of it is possibly because mind control techniques are employed by dangerous cults, and due to the limited understanding on the differences between dangerous religious cults and Satanism and the New Age movement by SRA believers, the link is falsely made between the three with the result being the above statement.

Additionally, the belief in and contact with spirit guides is now commonplace in the New Age movement- it is no more ‘dangerous’ than the Christian belief in guardian angels. Chanting is commonly employed in Satanic ritual practices and sometimes in New Age meditation techniques where it serves to raise personal power in magical workings in the former, and aid concentration in the latter; again, it is not something dark and sinister as the article implies.

The previous claim is then followed by a quote from Bob Larson’s New Book of Cults (Tyndale, 1989):

“…this is really a very old examination of occultism’s principles and practices. They are only examples of pagan spiritism…”

Bob Larson is an American radio and television evangelist who has authored numerous books that are all in fervent support of SRA myths. The alluding to “pagan spiritism” only shows not only Larson’s false grip on the subject, but that of the author of the article too.

The Servamus article then flows into the statement that fashion plays an important role in a teenager’s life and that peer pressure is the reason why children belong to groups. It is then stated that, “they [children, teenagers] buy the Satanic rings, bracelets or necklaces and give the demons a legal doorway.”

Again, this is more SRA and fringe fundamentalist Christian fodder. Within the realms of these two beliefs it is held that, as gold is a ‘Christian metal’ silver is therefore an unholy metal, and as such, wearing silver or unchristian jewellery can open one up to demonic possession. This is based on superstition alone and has no factual basis whatsoever.

The blame is then passed on to computer games which the article claims provide a doorway into the occult. According to the article, computer games “teach players sorcery, voodoo, magic, witchcraft and spiritual warring skills” and that some games “include information on techniques of meditation, astral travelling, spells, demonic incantations and the calling of spirit guides”. Just as with the majority of the statements made in Who is Recruiting your Child? this statement is based on the Christian fear of what falls outside of their narrow worldview.

While some game developers may loosely base such game elements on actual occult practices, what is eventually conveyed in the game is far removed from actual occult practices, and as such, a very poor source of information or introduction to ‘the occult’. What the author and other supporters of this false claim forget is that computer and console games are just like the SRA myths- works of fiction and nothing more.

This statement is then followed with the idea that playing computer games promotes “a lust for bloodletting, murder and suicide” and that these games also lead the player to progressively be controlled by “spiritual forces”. The article even goes so far to claim that players can be involved in “spiritual battles” when resting or sleeping. These ideas are then extended to “literature, videos and movies [that] expose people to demonic possession.”Again, this is more fiction and SRA myth based on a lack of knowledge and understanding, and a fear of computer games.

Who is Recruiting your Child? then ends with the following statement:

Don’t make the mistake of minimizing Satan’s power or denying the reality of his kingdom of evil. Ex-Satanists say that the only way out is through Jesus Christ. Satan, with his whole kingdom, has already been defeated by Jesus Christ when He was crucified. Whosoever believes in Jesus can partake in his victory over Satan.”

And, as with the other articles in Servamus’ ‘Special Community Edition’, it ends with the ‘big sell’- there is a spiritual war and only Jesus Christ can save you. A rather confusing statement as the above claims that Jesus has already “defeated” Satan, so one is left wondering why the need for the feverish beliefs in a “spiritual war” that has already been won?

However, what is most shocking is not just the level of propaganda in the article, but that this was written for members of the South African Police Service as an educational piece. Even more shocking is that fifteen years after it was originally penned, it is still being promoted to the same audience and for the same purposes.

Who is Recruiting your Child? is an insult to the religious rights of every South African with what amounts to religious libel. It only serves to perpetuate false SRA myths regarding minority religions all in an evangelical bid to win souls in the Christian ‘spiritual war’ between good and (mislabeled) evil.

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