I sometimes get accused of picking on Christianity because the overwhelming majority of the Religious Horror Show stories come from that tradition, but let’s be honest, most atheists live in a Christian-heavy culture, where they see the abuses day in and day out, it shouldn’t be surprising that Christians, as the single largest religious group on the planet, are also guilty of the lion’s share of the harm caused by religion. I talk about Islam and Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as smaller sects quite often though and now I add something a bit different to the mix. Here comes the harm caused by the Satanists.
Now most Satanists, at least those that follow the LaVeyan tradition, really don’t believe in Satan, they’re just hedonists who are trying to piss off the Christians, but there are those out there who really do believe that magic and spirits and the like are real. In Texas, prosecutors charged 17 year old Jose Reyes with taking part in the murder of a 15-year old girl to aid him in selling his soul to the devil. Reyes convinced a 16-year old friend to help him murder Corianne Cervantes, whose body was found in an abandoned apartment after having been missing for several days, by promising that once he had sold his soul to the powers of darkness, he would help his accomplice to do the same. Cervantes was raped, beaten and then beaten over the head with both an ashtray and the lid of a toilet tank until she died. When she was found, the body was surrounded by what police described as “religious items”. The corpse was found to have an inverted crucifix carved into her stomach. It is unclear whether it was carved into her flesh before or after she died.
Reyes, for reasons unclear to me, is being charged as a juvenile in the murder and if convicted, will receive life in prison with the possibility of parole. This person should never get out, but like Charles Manson, who comes up for parole every now and then, the chances that he’ll ever be released are slim to none. His 16 year old accomplice has also been charged with capital murder but details of his sentencing are unclear at this time.
So there you go. It’s not just the crazy Christians that are out causing demonstrable harm, even the crazy Satanists do it.
I think this is particularly interesting because, way back in the day, I went to a very religious private high school and one of my acquaintances was a guy named Ben, who was a self-professed Satanist. The school let him stay because his parents were rich and made regular donations to the school. Yes, they were hypocrites. Ben used to carry around the collected work of Anton LaVey, especially the Satanic Bible and talk to people about Satanism, but like most Satanists, I don’t think he bought into any supernatural elements, I think he just wanted to be a rebel.
Some people clearly buy into the bullshit. They need to be stopped. Welcome, Jose, to your well-deserved spot on Horror Show Sunday.