The spread of the deadly Ebola outbreak throughout West Africa is leaving hundreds of children orphaned, and a number of them are reportedly marginalized by some tribal communities due to the fear of witchcraft and black magic.
"There's a strong belief in witchcraft that Ebola is contracted through a curse or in some cases that it is a white man's fabrication," said Jamie Bedson, charity Restless Development's Sierra Leone country director, according to The Financial Times.
"There is a mistrust of foreigners, and in one place everyone threw away soap given out by the government because they thought it was poisoned." more >>
The 2005 Louisiana church molestation case that inspired the plot for the first season of HBO's "True Detective" series involved a so-called youth pastor sexually abusing his own daughter and the lead pastor dedicating children to satan.
Details of the case, which involved pastor Louis Lamonica Jr., and youth pastor Austin "Trey" Bernard of Hosanna Church in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, were revealed in a new VICE media documentary, "The Real 'True Detective.'"
Lamonica's initial confession to local police opened up the case in 2005. The detectives who worked the case, captain Stuart Murphy of the Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office and Tom Tedder, a special agent with the FBI, discussed it in greater detail with VICE and revealed some horrifying details. more >>
Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley has warned that demonic activity and evil forces are "very real" ahead of Sunday's satanic "black mass" scheduled to take place at the Civic Center Music Hall. Over 215,000 people in total have signed petitions against the sold-out mass, but local officials are set to allow the satanic ceremony to take place.
"In spite of an overwhelming outcry of alarm from around the world, our city leaders will allow this outrage to take place in a publicly supported facility. They will not accede to the reasonable requests of local citizens to stop this outright mockery of the Catholic mass nor the reasonable concerns of so many that this satanic ritual invokes powers of evil and invites them into our community," Coakley wrote on the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City website under an article titled "The Hour Has Come."
"Even though our city leaders apparently do not take this threat seriously, I do. As a Catholic priest and bishop I have witnessed in my ministry the battle between forces of good and evil in both ordinary and extraordinary ways," the bishop's message continued. more >>
The Satanist group that will stage a controversial "black mass" at an Oklahoma City civic center has said that all 88 tickets for its Sept. 21 event are sold out. The co-founder of the group revealed that the ritual will go ahead despite strong Christian protests and will feature a satanic exorcism, but will be "toned down" to comply with state health laws.
"One of the dictates of the church is not only to educate the members but to educate the public, and to debunk the Hollywood-projected image of our beliefs," Dakhma of Angra Mainyu's Adam Daniels told ABC News.
He added that the group will comply with state health laws and substitute vinegar for actions involving urine as part of the satanic ceremony. more >>
Tom Mannin, the pastor of Oklahoma City Community Church which uses the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall for its worship services, is breaking his silence on the city's decision to allow a satanic "black mass" and the Christian service to be held inside the same building later this month.
In a blog entry posted Tuesday on the church's website, Mannin said his congregation, as well as Christians in general, have to respond with "love and hope" toward the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu who will hold a black mass in a theatre space at the civic center.
The devil worshiping church hosting the black mass in the Oklahoma City Civic Center in Oklahoma City on Sept. 21 remains confident that the event will take place, despite a recent online petition from an opposing organization.
The controversial ceremony, to be held by a religious group known as Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, has been met with great opposition, with more than 70,000 online petitions being collected urging the civic center to cancel the event.
"The black mass is the most obscene attack against the Catholic mass that can be imagined," said John Ritchie, the director of TFP Student Action, an organization that defends student's moral values on college campuses that started the petition to The Christian Post. "It harms the moral fabric of our nation and that's the primary reason I oppose it. The highest reason is that it offends God." more >>