Weak attempts to link the Connecticut shootings to Devil worship

Tabloids, Christian websites, and YouTube auteurs are attempting to link Newtown, Connecticut, killer Adam Lanza to Satanism – on the softest evidence you can possibly imagine.

A Daily Mail article quotes Trevor L. Todd, a “former classmate” of Lanza, as saying that Adam once had a “Satan worshiping” web page with a banner that featured the word Devil in a red, “Gothic-style” font. This vaguely-remembered website supposedly created by a middle school student is the only evidence presented to suggest that Lanza was a Satanist. To date, the web page’s existence hasn’t even been confirmed.
The article goes on to claim that FBI investigators “strongly believe he made use of devil-worshiping and suicide sites and boasted of his murder plans on message forums”. No source is given for this information.

World Net Daily doesn’t have any more solid information than the Daily Mail, but the writer of this article attempts to give the story some teeth by throwing in references to other murders committed by “Satanists”. Aaron Klein even speculates about a possible Satanic conspiracy:
“Was Lanza part of a larger Satanic or ritualistic subculture locally or online in which he could have revealed his plans or could have even received support in preparing for the killings?”
Then he takes other media outlets to task for failing to report on the Satanic angle of the Aurora, Colorado shootings. “Although largely underreported, Satanic subculture and so-called devil worship has been a factor in numerous other mass killings, including the recent Batman shooting massacre.”
At this point, Klein is forced to  concede that James Holmes wasn’t actually a Satanist; he just liked the Joker as played by Heath Ledger a lot, and the Joker had Satanic attributes. You know, like every supervillain in every comic book ever.
Klein goes on to educate WND readers about other infamous “Satanic” murders, starting with the Manson Family killings:
“According to reports, Tate was originally selected to play the main character in her husband’s Rosemary’s Baby, a film about a pregnant woman who fears that her husband may have made a pact with neighbors to use her child as a human sacrifice in their occult rituals. Actress Mia Farrow ultimately got the role, while Tate did make a brief appearance in the film.”
This is wrong on just about every level. Sharon Tate was never considered for the role of Rosemary in her husband’s film. The film itself has absolutely nothing to do with the murders; the Tate/Polanski residence was targeted by Manson and his followers because Polanski and Tate were subletting the house from music producer Terry Melcher, a man Manson deeply resented for failing to turn him into a recording superstar.
Richard Ramirez is the next “Satanic” killer on the list, and he’s the only one who really qualifies for inclusion. Ramirez did identify himself as a Satanist.
But Sean Sellers, the teenager who converted to Christianity in jail after murdering his parents? He may have promoted himself as a “reformed Satanist” who killed only because he was under the Devil’s influence, but an examination of his criminal appeals tells a different story. Sellers was so desperate to escape the death penalty for crimes he admittedly committed that he pled diminished capacity due to demonic possession, and later claimed to have Multiple Personality Disorder. Sellers was a shrewdly manipulative man who knew exactly what he was doing at all times.

The last case Klein cites is the murder of Steven Newberry by a trio of teens, led by a charismatic thug named Jim Hardy. The killers practiced some rudimentary form of “Satanism” that mostly revolved around torturing and killing cats. The murder of their “friend” Newberry was a thrill killing that would have been committed with or without their childish attempts at devil worship.
Klein’s efforts to lay the blame for Adam Lanza’s crimes on Satanism are baseless. To call Lanza’s evil deeds “Satanic” because he allegedly expressed interest in the Devil in his teens is just as absurd as labeling a murder “Christian” because the killer was once an altar boy.

Some Christians don’t want to stop at blaming Satanism for the massacre, though. They also want to blame the victims’ parents and even God himself, arguing that mass murder of 6-year-olds is God’s just punishment for “kicking God out of schools”. In the video below, Christian rapper Tireo tells us that God granted Satan permission to “demonize” Adam Lanza so that he would murder children, but the media won’t disclose this because Adam was white. Also, the victims were handpicked (by God?) because their parents “had sin in their lives.”
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2 responses to “Weak attempts to link the Connecticut shootings to Devil worship”

  1. Highland Host says :

    As a Christian pastor I feel I ought to comment in particular upon that last paragraph. Such remarks as those made by this "Christian rapper" are just plain wrong, they come from a desire to have easy answers, when at times there are none. In the Book of Job (and I wish I could lay my hands on Damon Runyon's excellent meditation on the Book of Job, where he says this much better than I can), there are three friends who come to comfort Job in his distress, and do a great job of it until they open their mouths and start trying to explain why Job has suffered as he has. I think some people need to read Job again and take note of this fact.

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