Anyone else referred to as a "Devil Worshipper", "Satanist", etc. - long ago or now?

replied to a thread a bit ago and told a story about my experience in the late 1970s/early 1980s in dealing with aggressive xians from penecostal megachurches - both adults and teens. Here's the story I told...

I became an "out of the closet atheist" in High School, in suburban/rural GA (well, at the time it was ;) ). There was a group of us "geeks" who were into politics, heavy metal, and Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (AD&D).

There was a teen church group called Alpha, which was a part of the Chapel Hill Harvester Church down here - one of the first "megachurches" in the nation, and also one with a ton of scandals (look up "Bishop Earl Paulk" for some juicy reading). Anyway, the Alphas staged a big ol' book/album burning - their targets being the "Satanic" AD&D, plus pretty much every heavy metal band out then (e.g. Motley Crue, Guns n Roses, Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, etc.).

Well, I couldn't let this go unchallenged. I was such an aggressive asshole back then ;)

I (and a couple others) went there, blairing "Highway to Hell" from my VW microbus, all wearing AD&D shirts - one of us with the Dungeon Master's Guide cover on the front, one with the Player's Handbook, and mine - the most "demonic" - the Deities and Demigods cover (and I still have my FIRST EDITION!). There were local news crews there, and they captured me being called a "Satan Worshiper" a "Demonically Possessed Boy", and a ton of other crap. I told them they were "insane", "on a witch hunt", "hateful", "close minded", "sheep", etc.

I have to admit I loved being called a "Satan Worshiper" in the local news :)

So yeah - people back then and to this day, still think that the music you listen to, the books you read, or the games you play make you a Satanist.

** Let me clarify "aggressive asshole" - I ask you, what male teen with a cause and a Napoleon complex (I'm a towering 5'5") isn't? ;)

There were some other, not so public, run-ins I encountered as well - from HS to this day. I'm not the asshole I was back then, but I'm still as steady and adamant to stand up for my right to believe as I want without persecution, and for others as well (atheist or not).

So my question is this - have any of you experienced anything similar - long ago or today? Tell your story!

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Comment by Sarah Morrison on December 30, 2011 at 5:07pm

An ex-con that I worked with at a deli referred to me as a satan-worshipper once. But he was a born-again crack head so it hardly hurt my feelings and my fellow employees had my back.

Comment by Saint Sinner on May 12, 2013 at 3:45am

I was there, in the 70's, and visited Chapel Hill quite a few times. We lived in Mcdonough at the time and my sister and her husband were crazy into the church. I actually dedicated my life to Christ after one of those Monday night rock concerts, so it is ironic you were on the "other" side of the fence mocking their efforts. As time has shown, that church was horribly messed up, but the message still go through - which was not messed up - that Jesus is the answer.  You'll enjoy this. . . When I was in a fundamental Christian school in Stockbridge my Bible teacher used to play Highway to heaven backwards for us and we were SCARED witless.  Those were weird times in fundamental circles  (playing records backwards? Really? How about just handling the message when it plays the normal way. . ) Anyway, I'm not here to blast anyone, but your post drew me in. May pop in from time to time. Yes - I am a worshipper of Jesus Christ. 


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