Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs has warned that Jediism, the religion found in the Star Wars movie franchise, is growing in Christian societies and is not compatible with Islamic teachings.
"Jediism … is spreading today in Christian societies. Around 70,000 people in Australia and 390,000 people in England currently define themselves as Jedis," Marmara University Assistant Professor Bilal Yorulmaz wrote, according to Hurriyet Daily News.
The warning comes four months after thousands of Turkish students petitioned online for a Jedi temple to be built on their university campus, The Washington Free Beacon reported. more >>
A theologian, author and speaker says The Satanic Temple group's campaign to raise funds for on-demand abortions echos back to satanism's millennial history of "child sacrifice."
"A devil-worshipping group calling itself The Satanic Temple has been working to raise funds to promote abortion-on-demand and to counter legal efforts such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and 20-week abortion bans," Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., wrote in an article for Breitbart on Wednesday.
"Satanism has a millennial history of association with child sacrifice, which makes its financial and moral support of abortion a logical corollary to its other activities," he added. more >>
Jex Blackmore, the national spokesperson for the Satanic Temple, which claims to have made up to 700 people sign over their souls to Satan at an event in Detroit, Michigan — billed the "largest public satanic ceremony in history" where a one-ton bronze statue of a goat-headed Baphomet was unveiled last Saturday — said Tuesday that the devil isn't real and advised Christians, "Don't waste your prayers on us."
Blackmore made the declaration during a Reddit AMA session Tuesday night during which she fielded a number of questions about the organization and its work.
When asked why attendees at the Saturday event were asked to sign a contract stipulating that they were selling their souls to the devil and if anyone rejected the idea, Blackmore said it was part of security protocol. more >>
The Satanic Temple group reportedly presented followers who attended its unveiling of a Satanic statue in Detroit on Saturday with a contract that pledges their souls to Satan.
"I agree that by signing this document under any name, given or adopted, actual or pseudonymous, I am hereby avowing my soul to Satan (aka Abbadon, aka Lucifer, aka Beelzebub, aka the Antichrist). I do so knowing that He (aka The Fallen One, aka The Father of Lies) or any of His representatives may choose to collect my eternal soul at any time, with or without notice," the contract reads, as shared by The Friendly Atheist blog.
"I understand that my signature or mark representing any name, real or made up, upon these papers constitutes a lasting and eternal contract, and that there will be no further negotiations on the matter of my eternal soul." more >>
Reach Records rapper and Lecrae protégé Andy Mineo announced the title and release date for his new album Uncomfortable by posting a picture of himself by posing with the Eye of Providence to promote his new record.
The rapper released a promo video Wednesday announcing the title of the album which ends with what appears to be a scan of his face with and him posing with the Eye of Providence, a symbol many conspiracy theorists believe is related to the occult.
Fans left comments on the screenshot of him posing with the hand gesture expressing their frustration with it. more >>
The Satanic Temple is searching for a new home for its 9 foot Baphomet monument that was originally crafted to stand alongside a Ten Commandments statue on Oklahoma's capitol grounds after both were barred from the area by a state Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday.
The 9 foot Baphoment monument weighs around a ton and was described as a "sculptural masterpiece" by the satanic group that originally aimed to place it next to the Ten Commandments monument to "promote a pluralistic society."
The state's Supreme Court ruled that public property could not be used to promote any religion, which resulted in the removal of the biblical statue and the barring of the Baphoment monument. more >>