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Four Lebanese Charged with Satanism

To: alt.satanism
From: Dan Clore 
Subject: Four Lebanese Charged with Satanism
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 13:46:29 -0800

4 young men charged with belonging to devil worshipping cult
Authorities find and confiscate demonic items 
by Maha Al-Azar
[Lebanon] Daily Star staff 

Police have arrested four young men on charges of belonging
to a devil worshipping cult. The Internal Security Forces
said in a statement Saturday that the young men had admitted
to partaking in "shameless feasts," in which they listened
to blaring music and met girls, with whom they had sexual
intercourse.

The ISF said that the four, had tattoos in the shape of a
well-known satanic symbol ­ the Sigil of the Baphomet. The
Sigil of Baphomet is a pentagram or an inverted, five-angled
star with the image of a two-horned goat, representing
Satan, in its midst. The ISF did not release the names of
those arrested, identifying them only by their first names:
Sharbel A., Artin T., Sarkis T., and Rony M.

The four were reportedly caught in Bourj Hammoud and Nabaa,
after detectives had monitored their activities and gathered
evidence against them.

According to the statement, demonic items were allegedly
found and confiscated from their houses. Pictures of Satan,
a skull with a snake emerging from it, a picture of an
inverted cross, as well as a prayer which calls on the
forces of evil were found. The four were referred to the
judiciary.

Over the past few weeks, more than 50 young men and women
were arrested on suspicions of devil worshipping, but only
seven were actually charged with cult-related crimes, like
desecrating corpses and carrying out orgies in cemeteries,
according to State Prosecutor Adnan Addoum.

In Lebanon, no devil worship-related murders have been
committed to date.

Devil worship rituals in Lebanon are restricted to offering
animal sacrifices, particularly chickens and cats. Cult
members are said to drink the animals’ blood and make blood
pacts with the devil, as well as desecrate cemeteries and
have sexual orgies, sometimes with the corpses.

Once a year, a ceremony involving human sacrifice is held.
It is believed that female members of the cult offer their
unborn babies ­ often the result of ritual orgies ­ as a
sacrifice. "No one was caught red-handed, but we were able
to obtain confessions from those we arrested," Addoum told
The Daily Star. All those arrested until now are under 25.

Devil worshipping is thought to offer people what they are
denied in a Christian or a devoutly religious culture ­
self-indulgence. That is why the rituals, and particularly
the Black Mass ritual, are a parody of the holy Catholic
Mass. One ritual is the Catholic Mass performed, either
entirely or in parts, backward. This Mass may include
inverting the cross, spitting and stepping on the cross,
stabbing the Host and other obscenities. Urine, supposedly,
was at various times substituted for holy water, or wine.

According to Father George Rahme, the worshippers are
recruited by getting them hooked on drugs at an early age.
Rahme first learned about the existence of a cult in Lebanon
a decade ago and said he has helped some 800 youngsters from
straying into cults. ­ Additional reporting by Youssef Diab 

-- 
Dan Clore

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