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The GOOD Satanists

Maybe there is something to it. It may, in fact, go some way towards explaining the workings of the Democratic Party. Check out this story:

Police charged a third person Wednesday in connection with beatings and rape that authorities say were carried out by a satanic cult. Diana Palmer, 44, of Cottage Woods Court, surrendered to police Wednesday afternoon … Joseph Craig, 25, has been charged with kidnapping, rape, forcible sexual offense and assault in the case. His wife, Joy Johnson, 30, has been charged with aiding and abetting … Palmer is first vice chair of the Durham County Democratic Party. Johnson resigned her positions as third vice-chair of the Durham County Democratic Party and vice-chair of the Young Democrats following her arrest …

I especially enjoyed this bit:

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 you can be excommunicated from the Church of Satan for doing bad stuff? I’ve heard of the watering-down of religious doctrine, but surely that’s going too far.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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