As much as I've tried to avoid commenting on this little sexual assault/cult story that has all the local media drooling all over themselves trying to "break" the latest news in this one, this little story excerpt from WRAL.com is too funny for words:
A woman claiming to represent the Church of Satan said Craig and Johnson aren't members and denounced the allegations against them.
"Our church is, without exception, against all illegal acts. Our dogma is clear and concise on the issue of sexual abuse and crime in general: If you do it, you can be excommunicated," Ygraine Mitchell wrote in an e-mail to WRAL.
So, let me get this straight. You write an email into the station and "claim" to be representing the Church of Satan. And suddenly, BOOM -- you're in the news cycle, as the representative of all Satanists!
Is, suddenly, the Church of Satan the one and only true church? Has there been a schism? Roman and Greek branches? Do the Southern Satanists talk about the need for wives to be deferential to their husbands while the Unitarian Satanalists aren't even so sure about this trinity thing, anyay?
Can someone please tell me -- amidst this entire sorry, overhyped affair, how the heck an email from an unauthenticated source claiming to be part of something called the "Church of Satan" has any relevance to a story like this?
And they say bloggers have low standards.
In other news, the totem pole on the whole Durham Democratic Party angle got a little more interesting today, as the first vice chair of the Durham Dems, one Diana Palmer, surrendered to police today on accusations of being an accessory after the fact to the whole sordid affair.
Perhaps we can get a follow-up statement from the CoS on that one?
Update: Now the N&O has gotten in on the Church of Satan act--
The criminal accusations upset leaders of the Church of Satan, founded in San Francisco in 1966. A church representative Wednesday distanced the group from the accused, saying neither Craig nor Johnson is a member.
A church Web site lists the nine satanic sins as stupidity, pretentiousness, solipsism, self-deceit, herd conformity, lack of perspective, forgetfulness of past orthodoxies, counterproductive pride and lack of aesthetics.
"Essentially we're an atheistic religion that uses Satan as a metaphor ... in the Miltonian sense," Magistra Ygraine Mitchell, an administrator in the church, said. "When people break the law in the name of Satan or the devil, we get very angry."
The church does not condone illegal acts. "We police our own and do not indulge in the irresponsible Christian notion of forgiveness," Mitchell said in an e-mail statement.
Earth to local media: WTF? We have a passing mention by an ADA of satanic activities and suddenly we're taking on the "Church of Satan" as some kind of authoritative source?