The Satanic Influence (Way of the Master)

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The Satanic Influence is the 6th episode of the second season of Way of the Master.

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Episode Synopsis

This episode addresses the "dark influence" that Satan is exerting on the world that manifests itself as rock music, pornography, violent video games, and more. It contains interviews from Ozzfest, clips from concerts and lyrics of musicians who supposedly worship the Devil, Ray's discussion with a member of the Church of Satan and Ray and Kirk's criticism of modern preacher's who don't preach "true repentance."

Comment: Though Ray and Kirk make repeated claims that Satan is a real tangible being who can directly influence the world, they provide no evidence for this beyond metaphorical lines from Anton LeVey and cryptic song lyrics from Slayer. Similar to their God, skeptics are expected to take the existence of Satan on faith. This episode does the following:

  • Seriously misrepresents the humanistic philosophy of Satanism.
  • Relies heavily on anecdotal evidence from the supposed Satan worshippers themselves to prove Satan's existence
  • Quote mines Aleister Crowley, Anton LeVey and other's
  • Demonizes those who disagree with Christianity.

Episode walkthrough

Introduction

About this episode

(00:00-00:31)

  • As the camera pans over Ray and Kirk seated in a dimly lit alleyway with a spooky torch in the background to set the mood, Kirk greets the viewers and says, "Today we're going to talk about something that most people don't even think about, unless you happen to see a grisly murder scene with Satanic symbols at the scene of the crime. We're talking about Satanism... and not just the obvious and blatant work of humanity's greatest enemy, but also the most subtle of Satanic deceptions.

Comment: Right off the bat, Kirk incorrectly associates Satan worship with Satanism. Satanism, also known as the Church of Satan, was founded in the 1960's by Anton LeVey, with "Satan" representing the carnal part of man and it's opposition to religions that deny the self; it's a metaphor not meant to be taken literally. Two of my close friends are Satanists and I can assure you, they don't worship Satan or any other supernatural being. Secondly, I've never heard of or seen a murder scene with "Satanic symbols" scrawled in blood above a corpse. As always, Ray and Kirk are big on assertions and short on evidence.

(00:31-1:01)

  • Opening Credits

Rock and Roll is the Devil's Music

(1:02-2:02)

  • An Ozzfest attendee answers the question, "Do you think there's any Satanic influence behind rock and roll music?" with..
"Hell no! And if you let music guide you in life, the way people do and blame it, use it as an excuse, that's f---ing stupid as can be."
  • A clip is shown of a performer who yells loudly into a microphone, "We will no longer be oppressed by the fascism of Christianity!" and his fans reacting with wild cheers.
  • Another fan is shown who rejects the premise that Satan influences rock and roll, claiming instead that "It's all a show, that's all it is."

Comment: While the footage is intended to show how ignorant these two concert goers are, all it really does is show that one rock star doesn't like Christianity. But to Ray and Kirk, the rejection of Christianity and supposed allegiance with the Lord of Hell are one and the same; in the words of Jesus, "he who is not with me is against me."

(2:02-2:24)

  • A box with a quote from Frank Zappa appears that reads, "I'm the devil's advocate. We have our own worshipper's who are called groupies. Girls will give their bodies to musicians as you would give a sacrifice to a god."

Comment: I could not find where this quote came from. However, please note that the "devil's advocate" is a well-known term for a person who argues a side just for the sake of the arguement that was supposedly created by the Catholic Church for canonization hearings. And, even if girls are offering up their bodies as living sacrifices, this only proves that the girls are worshipping the musicians, not Satan.

(2:24-2:50)

  • More interviews with people who reject the notion that Satan has some influence on rock music, instead chalking up rock and roll's popularity to "Kid's care about what's cool and what isn't" and "People listen to what they want to listen to."

(2:50-3:06)

  • Clips from Insane Clown Posse concerts show, including one in which a white faced man announces, "And I'm influencing your children..."

Comment: Though Insane Clown Posse can look a bit freaky, band member Violent J stated in an interview with the Metro Times, "I believe in God" and insisted, "We're just telling scary stories." This aside, the implication from Ray and Kirk is that if something looks scary or confusing, it must be from the Devil.


(3:06-4:14)

  • Ray interviews a shirtless man who claims "There is no message in rock music that has anything to do with Satan or the Devil" which our dynamic duo counter with lines from Slayer's song "Alter of Sacrifice" which reads...
"Waiting the hour, destined to die, here on the table of Hell. High preist awaiting, dagger in hand, spilling the pure virgin blood."
  • Another red block comes up on screen with an uncredited quote from one of "two Slayer fans who murdered a 15 year old girl" that reads "I'm embarrassed I allowed Slayer's music to influence me."

Comment: Though the shirtless man is clearly wrong, this still does not prove that Slayer has any connection with the Devil... unless one takes their word for it, which seems odd for Ray and Kirk to want when they reject all other religions that say "Take our word for it." As for the murder, I found several articles on this case. One had a quote from one of the three boys involved in murdering the girl (the fact that the quote on Way of the Master got the number of boys wrong makes me even more skeptical of it's veracity.) According to Joseph Fiorella, one of the murderers, "The fact is that Slayer music didn't have anything to do with the murder. The police went into my house and saw some Slayer posters and records and they made up a motive that it's this devil thing. They don't have a motive -- so they make up their own." Another article reported that the supposed confession was "unrecorded." See Facing the music and Are Slayer to blame for teen's murder? on www.ew.com

Aleister Crowley

(4:14-

  • Kirk Cameron says, "Aleister Crowley who died in 1947 is known as the father of modern Satanism. Here's Ozzy Ozbourne singing a tribute to this Satanic High Preist."
"Mr. Crowley, what went on in your head?
Mr. Crowley, did you talk to the dead?"

Comment: This is hardly the kind of praise one would expect for a revered "high preist," with the first line questioning Crowley's sanity. The song goes on to say "Your lifestyle to me seems so tragic, with the thrill of it all. You fooled all the people with magic, yeah you waited on Satan's call..." Ozzy sounds like he's mocking Crowley rather than praising him.

  • Kirk goes on to state that, "In (Crowley's) publication The Book of the Law he summed up the essence of Satanism, it is...
"Do as thou wilt, that shall be the whole of the law."

Comment: The Book of the Law is the central holy book of the religion of Thelema, a religion that makes mention of numerous Egyptian goddesses but oddly enough, no Satan, the Devil, or Lucifer. I've tried reading this book, and trust me, it's as out there as religion writings can be. You'll find cryptic imagery, odd metaphors, and a section that is literally random numbers and letters with Crowley insisting, "Someone will come after me and interpret this." Um... sure.

  • A quote flashes across the scene from a member of Black Sabbath that reads...
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