You may have already heard the story about Miranda Barbour, the woman who supposedly killed two dozen men she met on Craigslist… all because she was part of a Satanic cult:
Originally charged along with her newlywed husband for the murder of a man she connected with on Craigslist, Miranda Barbour said in a jailhouse interview that she has killed at least 22 other people from Alaska to North Carolina, and that if released she would kill again, reports the Associated Press.
The 19-year-old claimed she joined a satanic cult in Alaska at the age of 13 before moving to North Carolina, and said she has killed people in Alaska, Texas, North Carolina and California.
But Lucien Greaves, spokesperson for the Satanic Temple (the group that made headlines by trying to put up a monument of their own in Oklahoma to contrast a Ten Commandments monument), takes issue with anyone (including the suspect) blaming Satanism for her problems and tried to set the record straight:
Greaves told USA TODAY he doubts two parts of Barbour’s story — that she killed dozens of people and that she was part of a satanic cult.
Greaves says he believes Miranda Barbour wants to make a media splash. And he says she is using Satanism to distance herself from the horror of murder.
“She wants people to believe that she killed for justice sake,” Greaves says. “She has turned herself into Dexter.”
Greaves says many people connect Satanism with evil, but that it really involves individuality, the quest for knowledge and rejecting arbitrary authority.
“We don’t even believe in the devil,” he said. “Most Satanists don’t.”
If that last line is surprising to you, you should watch a talk Greaves gave a couple of days ago to the Secular Humanists of the Low Country in Charleston, South Carolina. In it, he explains :
Atheists are not automatically Satanists and Satanists don’t all believe in the Devil and neither group is inherently evil. There are a lot of misconceptions out there and we’re all working to clear them up. I’m hardly an expert in Greaves’ worldview, so it’s fascinating to hear him describe non-obvious reasons why Satanism gets such a bad rap.