|By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©2003|
|Satanism is alive and well in America today. Drs. Ankerberg and Weldon begin an examination of the influence of witchcraft and satanic cults on western culture.|
[Caution: Contains graphic descriptions of satanic and witchcraft practices.]
In 1989 15 bodies were uncovered in a mass grave in Matamoros, Mexico, just a few miles from the Texas border. The victims, including one American, were murdered as part of the practices of Santeria (“worship of the saints”), which is a mixture of African tribal religion and Catholicism that has “white” and “black” forms. In this case, the particular form is called Palo Mayombe and had been syncretized with a mongrel variation of Satanism. Black magic, voodoo, and drug-smuggling were all involved. In Cuba, Santeria is called Palo Mayombe or Abaqua. In Haiti it is called Voodoo; in Brazil, Umbanda and Macumba. In its various forms, this religion has experienced significant growth in some cities of America, including Washington, D.C., Miami, Denver, and Tucson, and is responsible for drug trafficking, human sacrifices, and other felonies. But it is only one illustration of the increasing paganization of America.
In 1974 Arlis Perry, a young Stanford University student and committed evangelical Christian, was, while in California, kidnapped and horribly tortured and killed in a satanic ritual. She had, apparently, been attempting to witness to members of the group. As it turns out, “Son of Sam” murderer David Berkowitz was also apparently a member of this group— part of a linked nationwide satanic network which had ties to Charles Manson as well. In fact, Berkowitz “emphasized the hideous torture Arlis endured—indicating knowledge that went far beyond any newspaper account.” Berkowitz had smuggled a book out of jail. On pages 114 and 115 of Peter Haining’s The Anatomy of Witchcraft, he had written the following message on the top of the pages: “Stanford University” and, to the left, “Arlis Perry, hunted, stalked and slain, followed to California.”
From Haining’s book, the following text was underlined, “The shade of Aleister Crowley looms large in the area, but his excesses pale into significance compared to today’s devil worshippers” and “there can be no doubt that Manson exerted complete authority over his followers and when he preached to them that evil was good and that nothing he as their Christ/devil asked them to do could be wrong, they accepted it without question.” The quote continued, “Their lives were his for whatever purpose he chose... devoting themselves to drugs, music and magic.”
On another page ran the following notation of satanic murders:
The text continued from the earlier quotation:
Today, a dozen books collectively present evidence that Satanism has now gained an impressive hold in America and, because it seeks to destroy the foundation of American social and moral values, constitutes a genuine threat to society. Among these books are Jerry Johnson’s The Edge of Evil: The Rise of Satanism in North America (Word, 1989); Mark I. Bubeck, The SatanicRevival (Here’s Life, 1991); Ted Schwarz and Duane Empey, Satanism (Zondervan, 1989); Arthur Lyons, Satan Wants You: The Cult of Devil Worship in America (Mysterious, 1988); and Bob Larson’s Satanism (Nelson, 1989).
For example, Dr. Carl Raschke received his Ph.D. from Harvard and is an authority onthe history and philosophy of occult religion. He is currently professor of religious studies at the University of Denver and director of its Institute for Humanities. He is the author of a book whose title tells it all: Painted Black: From Drug Killers to Heavy Metal—The Alarming True Story of How Satanism Is Terrorizing Our Communities.
Maury Terry is an award-winning investigative journalist whose years of research resulted in The Ultimate Evil: An Investigation of American’s Most Dangerous Satanic Cult, which linked Manson and “Son of Sam” killer Berkowitz to a satanic networking. Arthur Lyons states in The Second Coming: Satanism in America, “Satanic cults are presently flourishing in possibly every major city in the United States and Europe.... The United States probably harbors the fastest growing and most highly-organized body of Satanists in the world.”
(to be continued)