A Houston teen, who claims to have sold his soul to the devil, was found guilty of capital murder by a jury on Thursday afternoon for what has been deemed a satanic killing, rape and mutilation of a 15-year-old girl.
After the jury deliberated for over an hour, 18-year-old Jose Reyes was given a life sentence without the option of parole but was spared from the death penalty because of the fact that he was only 17 when he killed his friend and classmate, Corriann Cervante, this past February.
Reyes proclaimed that the murder occurred as part of a ritual that allowed his friend, Victor Alias, who's also facing murder charges, to sell his soul to the devil. Reyes alleges that he had previously sold his soul to the devil prior to that night. Alias, who is 16 years old, will stand on trial at a later date. more >>
The Satanic Temple group has for the first time won the right to showcase its holiday display, featuring Satan descending into hell, at the Florida Capitol this year.
The Department of Management Services approved this week the applications of five groups looking to set up a display for the holiday season, Tallahassee Democrat reported on Wednesday.
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, argued that "state officials simply can't get into the business of deciding that some unpopular messages are 'offensive' and must be banned." more >>
HBO is producing a documentary on Scientology that will also take a closer look at its hold on some of Hollywood's biggest names, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
Based on the controversial book, Going Clear by Lawrence Wright, production on the documentary started around two years ago, and once complete is set to air on HBO next year.
Thanksgiving is a "pagan" holiday? I thought I heard it all.
As a former witch, a quick recollection of my pagan roots substantiated that Thanksgiving was not observed on the Witches Wheel of the Year. Oh sure, friends enjoyed a turkey dinner with their families like most other Americans on the last Thursday of November, but there wasn't anything magickal (associated with Wicca or Wiccan beliefs) about it.
As Christians, we've heard the arguments against Halloween, Christmas and Easter but Thanksgiving? Aren't we stretching these "forbidden" holidays a bit too far? more >>
The Monster Energy drink company is denying claims that it uses satanic imagery on its cans, despite accusations featured in a YouTube video that went viral earlier this month.
The YouTube clip titled "Monster Energy drinks are the work of SATAN!!!!" features author Christine Weick and has garnered close to 7 million views as of Monday afternoon. The video makes the claim that the M used on the can represents the numbers 666 in Hebrew.
"There's a gap right here in the letter M, it's never connected," said Weick, explaining what she believes is the true meaning behind the M artwork. "So you go into Hebrew (writing). The letter vav is also the number six. Short top long tail." more >>
It's that time of year again when not only are nights getting colder and darker, but so too the atmosphere in many churches and Christian homes. The debate begins at the first sign of the autumn leaves and abruptly comes to a halt on November 1st – after all, Halloween comes to its demise for another year.
By now, you've heard the many origins of this ambiguous holiday from The Catholic Church's claim of it being derived from All Hollow's Eve (the day to commemorate those martyred for their faith), to the many Evangelicals and some pagans who believe it a version of Samhain that was created to allow pagans to continue practicing paganism under the guise of a Christian cover. Most Neo-pagans celebrate Samhain, which falls near the date of Halloween and is considered an in-between time when the veil between worlds is thinnest and the Celtic New Year is celebrated.
Research reveals a lot of speculation when it comes to the actual practices of Halloween. Some say it's rooted in the immigration of the Irish who brought much of their folklore back to the states such as Jack-o-Lanterns, which may have originated in the form of a turnip. They believed by carving frightening faces on them, it would ward off the evil spirits that passed between worlds on Samhain night. more >>