‘Say YES to Blackburn £1m Church of Satan’ was launched on Facebook on Wednesday allegedly by people worshipping the devil.
Since it was posted online 138 people have joined the group. It is thought the site may be a protest against organised religion in the town.Is it indeed?
A spokesman for the group said all of its members were ‘mature adults from the Lancashire area’ and that it was a ‘serious group intent on making a point’.
He said: “The question was asked about freedom of choice to express views religious or not, provided they don't interfere with anyone else.
“We strongly believe that people of all backgrounds, creed and cultures have the right to worship their deity if they so choose.”Heh! Does this count as getting hoist on your own petard, I wonder? How can those who demanded protection for religious beliefs object?
The site has been critcised (sic) by religious leaders who say some people joining it might think ‘it is just a bit of a joke’ but the concept behind it is deeply offensive.Oh, of course it is…
Former Hyndburn vicar, Rev Kevin Logan, said: “I wrote a book called ‘Satanism and the Occult’ back in the 1990’s.
“As part of my research I looked at 300 court cases with the defendant blaming their actions on Satanism.
“Amazingly people accused of all sorts of crimes including murder said their beliefs made them do this.
“Obviously, when it gets to this stage it can cause real damage to the individual and society.
This site is clearly going to cause offence.”People accused of crimes try to blame an outside force for it, and that’s proof the devil exists..?
If you say so, rev.