A call to all concerned Americans, courtesy of The Stanley News & Press (N. Carolina):
Evangelical Pastor Alan DiDio and Encounter Christ Church of Albemarle are planning an offensive against Satanic worship and drug addiction in Stanly County.
The campaign will be launched at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church on Lois Lane, just off U.S.52 and Snuggs Street.
DiDio said he has spoken with some residents who have been involved in such activities in Stanly County and has been told Stanly County is No. 1 in Satan worship spot in North Carolina.
And North Carolina is the headquarters for cult activity for the nation, he said.
Most people react with surprise when he tells them this.
I was surprised too - there's a street named 'Lois Lane'?
Yes, the sparsely populated rural county is the battlefront on the war against the Minions of Satan. It, not urban centers like Los Angeles or New York, is the 'headquarters for cult activity for the nation'. You've got to wonder what the cult headquarters building looks like - do they have a receptionist?
Don't think you can spot a satanist on sight.
“These people are not rebellious teens running around chanting ‘Hail Satan’ and spray painting satanic symbols for all to see. They are community leaders, doctors, lawyers, housewives and possibly even preachers. There are many false and ignorant claims about Satanism. The majority of those who call themselves Satanists are law abiding and moral citizens. They are the average Joe who blends into society.
“But the devil is just as likely to wear a three-piece suit as horns.”
While there are those who kill and have committed horrendous crimes in the name of Satan, he said those are the ones that capture the headlines. He said there are underground groups who do kill, and yes, there is animal sacrifice in some groups. But these groups are few and very secretive. He said he has been told that these cult groups keep the public’s attention focused on sacrifices and lunatics while the top players steadily continue infiltrating churches and community organizations.
How does DiDio know that satanism is rampant in his little corner of the world?
DiDio cites as evidence of “satanic, pagan and occultic activity” the fact that there are “churches on every corner. This is representative of the demonically inspired division in the Body of Christ in this community,” he said. “Churches spawned by greed, lust and offense are never birthed nor blessed by God but inspired by demonic activity.”
Yup. Too many churches is a sure sign of satanism. That's because there's only one true church - Encounter Christ Church of Albemarle. All other churches are false, I guess.
A more suspicious writer would say that Didio's just another Pat Robertson wannabe who's pulled a 'crisis' out of his ass to fill seats in his church - so would a less suspicious writer or anyone with a critical bone in their body.
Being a religious con artist is a lucrative business these days.