A technician in the Royal Navy has become the first serviceman in Britain's armed forces to be officially recognised as a Satanist, the defence ministry said on today.Founded in California. Why am I not surprised? Anyway, to continue:
Chris Cranmer, 24, has been given the go-ahead by his captain to perform Satanic rituals on board the HMS Cumberland and is reportedly lobbying his employers to register Satanism as an official religion in the armed forces.
"There is a guy who has asked to practice his (Satanic) beliefs on a Royal Navy ship," a defence ministry spokesman told AFP.
"His request was treated sympathetically by the ship's commanding officer."
The Church of Satan was established in San Francisco in 1966 and LaVey was its high priest until his death in 1997.
Followers live by the Nine Satanic Statements, which include "Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence", "Satan represents vengeance instead of turning the other cheek" and "Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification".Well of course! Obviously he's aware of what Sir Winston S. Churchill is supposed (incorrectly) to have said, "The only traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy and the lash." - so he should fit right in.