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Court says lawsuit of 'Vampsh Black Sheep League of Doom Gardamun Family Circle Master Vampire High Priest' is 'frivolous'
Go away, U.S. Court of Appeals tells self-proclaimed vampire imprisoned in Texas.
June 8th, 2012
06:20 PM ET

Court says lawsuit of 'Vampsh Black Sheep League of Doom Gardamun Family Circle Master Vampire High Priest' is 'frivolous'

By Eric Fiegel, CNN

(CNN) - A man who said his religious freedom to practice "Vampirism" is being violated in prison won't have his day, or even night, in court.

While vampires are a big business, with the "Twilight Saga" film series raking in billions of dollars and HBO's "True Blood" returning on Sunday for its fifth season, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans would not bite on the case.

The popularity of the preternatural beings didn’t make it into the courtroom and on Thursday the court dismissed the case, saying it was "frivolous."

Courtney Royal, who is also known as "Vampsh (sic) Black Sheep League of Doom Gardamun Family Circle Master Vampire High Priest" on court documents, filed the suit two years ago against the Alfred Hughes Unit, a Texas prison and its administrators, including the warden and chaplain, because he wasn't allowed to "properly practice my religion of Vampirism," court records showed.

Royal is serving a life sentence in Gatesville, Texas, for several charges related to aggravated assaults and robberies with a deadly weapon, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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While in prison he said he hoped vampirism would be recognized by officials and that he would have the ability to practice the faith which included having access to religious items, special dietary needs and a spiritual adviser. He specifically requested "rugs, rode,  (and) beads." Royal claims all of these requests were denied by the prison. It wasn't clear whether "rode" is an esoteric needful thing or just a typo.

The 40-year-old argued in court documents that his "religious belief consisted of West African spiritualism and 18th century Catholicism."

Royal went on to say that vampires drinking blood is "no different than the unproven Christian belief in forgiveness through the blood of Christ-Jesus."

Christians believe that Jesus' death on the cross was an atoning sacrifice for the sin of mankind and that through his death and subsequent resurrection, believers can have eternal life in heaven.

Folklore says that vampires are undead, and need to drink blood in order to survive.

"The only true difference in (Royal's) religious practice and Christianity was the traditional perspective of the practice," Royal stated in the court briefs.

Royal was also seeking $150,000 in damages for court costs and "mental anguish.”

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  1. Marcelo

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    July 29, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  2. Meia

    This guy is not too bright, and is insulting pagan practices everywhere. Really....he is an idiot. Thank the court for sparing the tax payer's money being spent on this idiot.

    June 11, 2012 at 9:23 am |
  3. Doc Vestibule

    When does religious freedom go too far?
    Take the case of Rachel Bevilacqua, AKA Rev. Magdalen.
    She spent 4 years and $140,000 is legal costs to regain custody of her son.
    A judge denied her access to her child after photographs of her participating in a Subgenius religious rite were presented in court. The ritual was certainly offensive to Christians and arguably in very poor taste, but her child was nowhere near the X-Day festivities.
    The 1st judge who handled her case strongly disapproved of photos of Reverend Magdalen in a bon.dage dress and papier maché goat's head. The judge repeatedly asked, "Why a goat? What's so significant about a goat's head?" When Rachel replied, "I just thought the word 'goat' was funny," Judge Punch lost his temper completely, and began to shout abuse at Rachel, calling her a "pervert," "mentally ill," "lying," and a participant in "s.ex or.gies." The judge ordered that Rachel was to have absolutely no contact with her son, not even in writing, because he felt the pictures of X-Day performance art were evidence enough to suspect "severe mental illness".
    She is the only woman in the United States offically banned from keeping material pertaining to her religion in her home so that her child might never be exposed to its corrupting influence.

    June 11, 2012 at 8:05 am |
    • MarkinFL

      What a perverted judge. He perverts the law to his own purpose having nothing to do with the law.

      June 11, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    June 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!.!.

      June 11, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • George Carlin

      you think prayer changes things?

      to quote a great man – "Well then what about the devine plan?

      what if what your praying for isn't part of the devine plan.. whats god going to do, change his plan for you? whats the point of being god and comeing up with this great and holy plan.. only to have some smuck with a 2 dollar pray book come along and mess up your plan.

      AND if you don't get what you prayed for, what do folks say "its Gods will"

      So if gods got a plan, and he's going to do what he wants anyway.. why waste time praying!"

      June 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  5. No proof of no God? That's a claim without proof

    Case closed!

    June 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      That's a statement of on un-parsable meaning.

      June 11, 2012 at 9:29 am |
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