It seems as if occult related crimes are on the increase in South Africa. Satanism and ritual murder have made the headlines in South Africa over the past year. The first was the killing of a black girl from Randfontein where the perpetrator were given an 10 year prison sentence for the crime. The second was the horrific case of Kirsty Theologo who was brutally set alight by her “friends” and killed as part of a “Satanic” ritual. The common thread running through both of these incidents is the fact that youth were involved in these ritual murders. This highlights how easily children and young people are drawn to cults and cultish practices.
I have been following the Kirsty Theologo ritual murder case with much interest. The case has been posted on many online news media sites which invite comments from readers across the spectrum. Naturally it evoked comments from religious readers, atheists, and others. The proclaimed Christians across the sites defend their bible based beliefs and of course the God versus Satan story that it is based on. However, what has concerned me the most is the fact that many readers on the sites associate Satanism and its related practices with atheism. Comments such as, “These atheists are dangerous” and “An atheist is one step away from being a Satanist” is very disturbing and shows a lack of understanding of atheism and Satanism for that matter. Furthermore, these comments came from so-called Christians who show a complete lack of understanding with regard to the two world views. And this lack of understanding seems to be more prevalent than we would imagine. An acquaintance of mine relates the response from her mother when she told her that she is an atheist. Her mother responded by saying," “If you told me that you don’t believe in God I would accept that. But the fact that you are an atheist is a shock to me.”
Firstly, the fact that Satanism has been linked to many of the gruesome killings in South Africa is concerning. The religion of Satanism has been given a bad name by media, movies and the mainstream monotheistic and Abrahamic religions. The type of Satanism that gets portrayed in the media is a mythical one being allowed to flourish because the media allows it to. That mythical form of Satanism actually gives rise to criminal acts because people who perpetuate those crimes are not actually members of the religion of Satanism. Many of these criminals are “legend trippers” who are seeking a rite of passage to their own misguided and mythical form of Satanism. Look up the actual religion of Satanism and you will see that it is contrary to what is being portrayed in the media.
Many Christians believe atheism is Satanism. For some Christians, anything that detracts one from the love of God is evil. So therefore, in their view, atheists are fundamentally Satanists. Atheism is a lack of belief in a god or gods. It is also true that some Satanists are atheists. However, not all atheists are Satanists.
I suggest you look up Church of Satan and compare their creed and rules to what is portrayed in the media.