July 9th, 2013
03:27 PM ET
By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
(CNN)– Are Satanists for or against abortion? Apparently, there's a hot debate.
A group calling itself the "UK Church of Satan" on Twitter says it's open minded, tweeting out "Why Wouldn't Satanism be pro-life?" on July 5.
But the High Priest of the New York-based Church of Satan says it's squarely in the abortion-rights corner.
How to settle this diabolical duel?
August 2nd, 2011
07:36 AM ET
Washington (CNN) – We 'lift the bun' to hear from Rep. Emanuel Cleaver who explained to CNN's Wolf Blitzer the debt deal went against every major religion.
On Monday he tweeted, "This deal is a sugar-coated Satan sandwich. If you lift the bun, you will not like what you see."
The four-term Missouri Democrat continued his Twitter diatribe against the deal to raise the amount of money the nation can borrow and make a down payment on the federal deficit saying, "This debt deal is antithetical to everything the great religions of the world teach, which is take care of the poor, aged, vulnerable."
You can follow us on Twitter @CNNBelief.Read more on the 'satan sandwhich' from CNN's Political Ticker
June 4th, 2011
01:00 AM ET
By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
(CNN) - You probably won't hear "Amazing Grace" at a Satanist's funeral, but you just might hear "My Way" by Frank Sinatra. A researcher from Concordia University recently published a journal article with some rare access to high level Satanists exploring what they think about death and dying.
Members in the Church of Satan are traced back to Anton LeVey who in 1966 founded the church in San Fransisco. He is also the author of the canon of sorts for the group, The Satanic Bible first published in 1969. Today, the church is based in New York and membership numbers are hard to come by.
One of the main tenets of the faith is atheism. Not just a disbelief in God but also in the devil or Satan. Satanists believe God is an invention of man and instead deify themselves.
October 24th, 2010
03:51 PM ET
CNN affiliate KOCO reports on a Christian protest outside a Satanist group's event in downtown Oklahoma City (backstory here) :
In downtown Oklahoma City, Satanists held a Ritual in public at the Civic Center.
The ritual began at 8 p.m. Thursday and drew plenty of controversy.
Before making it inside where the Satanists were practicing their religion, prayers were heard outside by groups opposing the ritual.
Chiquita Carbajal said she is against the ritual.
“No place for Satan in Oklahoma,” she said.
September 20th, 2010
10:53 AM ET
Editor's Note: CNN Correspondent Jim Acosta and I spent some time this weekend at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC. There were plenty of Tea Party rock stars who spoke at the event including Christine O'Donnell, who may have some explaining to do to social conservatives after comments about her dabbling in witchcraft surfaced over the weekend.
August 31st, 2010
12:11 PM ET
Officials confirmed that the Oklahoma City Civic Center has been booked by a group proclaiming themselves to be Satanists.
The Church of the IV Majesties posted an event to meetup.com announcing a Satanic ritual to be performed at the Civic Center on Oct. 21.
According to the posting, "This is a church for any Satanist (modern or traditional) or anyone who is interested in Satanism. All members of the Left-Hand Path are welcome. Do (sic) to the nature of our religion and the herd's view of it, this site will remain private as to protect our members. For now, this church is for all things LHP. So, welcome witches and warlocks, answer the call of your Darkness."
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke and Eric Marrapodi with daily contributions from CNN's worldwide newsgathering team and frequent posts from religion scholar and author Stephen Prothero.