Approximately three months ago, the first satanic church opened its doors in South Africa. The atmosphere around the whole launch was calm. No one seemed to care. Three months after one of South Africa’s main newspapers, The Citizen, reported, everything went haywire on twitter.
Co-founders of the church Adri Norton and Riaan Swiegelaar said that they are not devil worshipers. They also said that the church does not perform any sacrifices of humans or animals. Where most satanic churches are famous with initiation ceremonies, they said their church have none of those.
‘Our organisation does not even allow anyone under 18 to partake in any gatherings, ceremonies or rituals. We do not yet have the rights but are negotiating to translate the Satanic Bible into Afrikaans. We will then be the first organisation to do so,” Swiegelaar said.
Satanism has always been associated with dark practices. This has made it a very sensitive topic. The opening of the church beefed up a heated war on twitter.
Below are some of South African tweets.
- @Prince_Geta said: “#The satanic church is protected under the freedom of religion. Your Bible isn’t above the Bill of Rights. Human rights matter here, this is South Africa and not Afghanistan.”
- @chaotic_sa said: “If the government allowed satanic church in South Africa, it means the government is also satanic!”
- @VanessaKay_M said: “There’s different kinds of churches in SA, why are y’all so mad about there being a Satanic Church? Pray to your God and leave others alone.”
- Brain Makara, @Author_Makara said: “This is madness. I know God is powerful than satan. We need to serve only God, the creator of heaven and earth”.
- @Shoni_M (Shoni Mushathama) said; “This #the satanic church thing is witchcraft that went to private school..fire! No weapon formed against us SA citizens shall prosper shem…back to sender…fire!”