As most people know, demonic cults were a myth propagated in the 1990s with the hysteria of ritual abuse spreading throughout the US and Europe. They never existed, but it has become trendy for some people to emulate the imagined practices of Satanists. And now students at Clemson University have announced plans (via a poster) to perform a “live bloodletting and lamb sacrifice” and a burning of Bibles to commemorate the building of a new campus chapel. A poster on campus attributed to a student organization.
It goes on to state that a live lamb will be provided for sacrifice by “[their] friends” at the Clemson Collegiate Farm Bureau. A Bible-torching ceremony is listed as part of the proceedings, with a cash prize for the student who burns the most Bibles. Finally, attendees are invited partake in a pentagram completion event, where they will “help summon Baphomet to celebrate the new Clemson Chapel.”
The “new Clemson Chapel” likely refers to the Cadden Chapel, a building currently under construction on the Clemson University campus. It is named after Samuel J. Cadden, a student who passed away in an automobile accident in 2015. WIS-TV reports that the student kept a bucket list of life goals within his Bible, one of which was to have a building named after himself at the university.
Other Clemson students who passed away before they could graduate will also have their names engraved on the chapel.
The chapel is intended for students of all religious and spiritual denominations, as well as those without, to serve as a place for quiet meditation and prayer. It will cost approximately $6 million to build, half of which has already been funded by students.
Speaking to Campus Reform, the Director of College Relations, Kirby Player, denied the claim that the Farm Bureau would provide the satanic organization with any livestock whatsoever for ritual slaughter.
Given the lack of any location for the event or contact information, it’s unclear whether the ceremony detailed on the poster will take place. What’s likely is that whoever made it did so to troll the friends and family of Samuel J. Cadden, whom such an event would hurt the most.
Ian Miles Cheong is a journalist and outspoken media critic. You can reach him through social media at @stillgray on Twitter and on Facebook.