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Back to School Special - With Update 3/10/07

Prepared by Thomas A. Carder, President
Reviewed by Anthony Fusco, Director - Doctrinal Analysis and
Jodi Hoffman, Co-director - Public Education
ChildCare ActionProject: Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP)

This is NOT a typical commercialized back-to-school special for tots and teens. This page is entirely for parents and grandparents of school-aged children to help you identify any signs and signals of interest in occultism, satanism, witchcraft or other evils.

Following are a few, and only  a few of the symbols used by practitioners of evil. While some of these symbols are used as logos for seemingly innocent reasons and/or activities and even for righteous religious purposes, possession and display of them may be indication of something not so innocent or righteous.

This material is based on personal research and in part on the work of our brother Bill Schnoebelen, and largely on the work of Drs. Michael Haynes and Paul Carlin: Satanism in America: What They Do Not Want You To Know, ©1989, Kerusson Company, Inc.

You may want to check with the local laws first, but as Dr. Haynes told me, look everywhere for evidence of these icons. Everywhere. In the child's dresser, closet and backpack; on his/her books, notepads and pencil boxes; under his/her mattress, throw rug and CD player. Look even under previously secure but now loose carpet corners. And if evidence is there, have an electrician check the outlet and switch boxes and lamp fixtures. Your child might argue "It's MY room! You have no right to search it!" Well, it's YOUR house and YOUR child.

Some occultists and satanists are very serious about stealing your child, both spiritually and physically. In a 1987 radio broadcast, Paul Harvey reported that of the missing California children, about 20% of them had been eaten in sacrificial rituals. This assault is no joke, mom/dad. And it is not regional or state-specific.

You must be very serious about protecting or saving your child from the heinous criminals. Think of it in the way Carrol O'Conner ("Archie Bunker") put it in a plea after the death of his son by drug overdose: "Do anything you can to get between your kid and drugs...anything." Be prepared to do anything you can to get between your child and the dark world...and take Jesus with you!

As you review this material, you might end up saying to yourself "Gimme a break! Some of these symbols are as innocent as a baby!" Some of these symbols may indeed be used innocently and even for wholesome purposes but please understand that the minions of Satan will use any  means they can to turn your children away from God and you during their most impressionable years. They may use something as widely accepted and embraced as ignominy in the entertainment industry. They may use simple but compelling suggestions from people who do not believe in God. He may even use a type of belief in a supreme being other than God such as a belief in the planet earth as a god(ess). They may even use symbols that are used by many people both unawares and intentional. Whatever it is that turns one away from God and His Word is not holy and is not from God. And if it is not from God...

Above I said and worth repeating "While some of these symbols are used as logos for seemingly innocent reasons and/or activities and even for righteous religious purposes, possession and display of them may be indication of something not so innocent or righteous." MAY  be indication... Just because some groups and individuals use the symbols and icons on this page for evil/satanic interests does NOT mean all who sport them do. And sporting them does not necessarily mean they who do so are expressing any interest in or allegiance to evil intent. All I am suggesting is that if your child(ren) sport(s) any of these symbols, check it out.

Just remember that the Truth in and of His Word does not depend on us believing it for it to be true. The price of sin is death whether we believe it. Jesus died in atonement of our sins whether we believe it. He loves us - every one of us - whether we believe it. And His Love is the only truly unconditional love.

UPDATE 3/10/07: Many have tried to debunk the credibility of this page by arguing the authenticity of certain images presented herein. I am certain beyond any shadow of doubt, mom/dad, that you have heard all the arguments I have heard. Well, a deathmetal emailer just sent me several images that fortify what I tell you herein.

Included following the main body of this presentation is a collage of all the images the emailer sent.

CIRCLE-A OR ANARCHY: This is the symbol of symbols of the move to freedom from accountability and authority: from any and all consequences. It represents total lack of law and rules. Whether s/he knows it, it's wearer broadcasts desire for abolition of ALL law and rules. Heavy metal and death metal rock bands wear this profoundly. Let me offer my interpretation of it.

Atop the picture to the left is the Anarchy or Circle-A symbol. Note the resemblance of the Circle-A to the Greek alphabet letters alpha and omega shown in the lower left corner of the picture. The alpha is the first letter and the omega is the last. The Greek alpha has the same in basic design as the capital "A" in the English alphabet. The Greek omega is very similar to the English capital "O" with "feet" and open at the bottom. On the bottom right of the picture to the left, I have superimposed the omega character over the alpha character to form what I believe is to be the foundation of the Circle-A or Anarchy symbol. Before I explain further, recall God's words in Rev. 1:8 "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." God IS the Law.

In the Circle-A symbol on top, note the crossmember of the alpha (or "A") character and how it is extended beyond the confines of the circle enclosing the "A." Note further that in everyday life we see many signs such as "No smoking," "No pets," and "No exit." This "No" sign bears an image of the restricted subject (a cigarette, a dog, or the word "exit") with a circle around the image and a diagonal bar crossing the image from the upper left of the circle to the lower right. In the "No" sign the ends of the diagonal bar remain inside the circle at both ends. Now, superimpose the "No" sign over the alpha character and turn the bar 45 degrees to the left and raise the bar a bit to hide the crossmember of the alpha character. The ends of the bar now extend beyond the outsides of the circle. This might be enough of an explanation that the Circle-A symbol is the alpha character with a "No" sign over it but the "No" sign was not around when the Anarchy symbol arose. I use the "No" sign initially to present a basic doctrine of the anarchists -- to reject any authority.

Recall that the omega letter is basically a circle with feet, open at the bottom. The "No" circle converges well with the omega character. Mentally open the bottom of the "No" sign to make the omega letter. Flattened pieces cut from the bottom of the "No" sign can be thought of as the "feet" of the omega character. Now, cover the alpha character with the "No"/omega symbol and you have the Anarchy or Circle-A symbol.

Recall again that God said He is the Alpha and the Omega: the beginning and the ending; the supreme and final Authority. The Anarchy/Circle-A symbol represents rejection of His Law and Authority, just as the Anarchy/Circle-A symbol can be thought of as the "No" bar over the Alpha and the Omega: "No" to BOTH the Alpha and the Omega; "No" to the Word of God (which IS the Law), and to God Himself.
PENTAGRAM/PENTACLE: I have found contradiction surrounding its use, so there will be seeming contradiction herein. Some claim the pentagram, a five pointed star, is not the same thing as the pentacle, a five-point star enclosed in a circle. I will not belabor the difference and will address both as essentially one.

The pentagram/pentacle is commonly used in horror flicks and on heavy metal and death metal music album covers and worn by the band members. The pentagram/pentacle is used in both the one-point-up position and the two-points-up (inverted) position. The one point up pentagram/pentacle is the sign of the Wiccan/Witch, is an ancient symbol for power and protection, and may represent white magic. If it is inverted with two points pointing upward may indicate black magic (Second Degree Initiation). Either way, it is not from or of God.

Some use the pentagram/pentacle to symbolize the five points of the human body; the head, the arms and the legs such as in da Vinci's Vitruvian Man. This symbolism is flying through space as we speak on the Voyager with a nude man embossed in gold on the side of the craft with his five extremities extended to the five points of a one-point-up pentagram/pentacle. The pentagram/pentacle is also used to represent the five elements: spirit, air, earth, fire, and water.

The members of "Church of Satan" wear an inverted pentagram/pentacle with a goathead. The cover of the satanic bible by Anton LeVey bears an inverted pentagram/pentacle.

Used primarily as a tool in witchcraft for conjuring evil spirits, the pentagram/pentacle is also is used the mean "Morning Star": a name claimed by Satan; a name claimed in mockery because it is also one of the names Jesus uses: [Rev. 22:16] "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star." While some believe the circle around the five-point star is symbolic of focusing the power of Satan, I suspect the pentagram/pentacle is also symbolic of the wishes of occultists and satanists to confine the power of the true Morning Star.
HEXAGRAM: The hexagram has uncondemnable meaning to the Jews -- it was adopted by them as the Star of David circa their captivity by the Babylonians. The hexagram was also used by the Egyptians as an unholy icon long before the Jews claimed it for holy representation. The hexagram is claimed to be one of the most potent icons for working darkness and magic to call up evil forces for hypnosis and seduction. The hexagram is also known as the Crest of Solomon. The hexagram figures prominently in Tarot and is commonly found on the lid of the box for the Tarot deck. It is also the symbol behind putting a "hex" on someone. "Evil spirits gather in force at the summons of the person working the 'hex'." The hexagram is believed also to protect from fire, deadly weapons, and dangers while traveling. Such belief is against God's command that we trust only in Him for blessings and protection.
ANKH: This symbol represents fertility and lust and is also known as the Key of Life. As a development of the Tau Cross (after the Greek letter, Tau "T": see the Tau Cross below), also known as the Egyptian Cross or the Crux Ansata, one application of the ankh represents the genitals of both sexes: the ovoid or yoni (the Satanic symbol of external female genitals and Shakti, the wife of a deity) and the cross below it as the male member in mockery of Christ as the giver of eternal life. Following Christ's death, the Tau Cross portion of the ankh was a symbol of death and ending, ostensibly because of the similarity of the Tau with the Cross of Christ and the profuse use of the Tau (and similar) cross configuration to crucify thieves and other criminals. The yoni was added atop the Tau Cross to represent life. In witchcraft, the ankh is used as a symbol for life, love (maybe lust), and reincarnation (likely in mockery of the Resurrection of Christ in which death was an inherent precursor). While the ankh is a symbol of the belief in a life-death-reincarnation process, it is worn with a star by those into witchcraft who practice and concoct sexual abuse.
SWASTIKA: This all-too-familiar icon is not just representative of Nazi Germany, the Neo-nazi movement nor other ultra-control freaks. It's history is vast. It even appeared on the Boy Scout's Thanks badge before Hitler's regime. In the fourteenth century, it was known as the Fylfot and was said to represent obedience or submission, which fits into Hitler's use of it although unrighteous. It also is representative of sun god worship. Though Hitler had made a covenant with Satan to build the Third Reich (the third kingdom), the swastika was used long before Hitler as a "religious" symbol by Buddhists, Celtics, and Greeks. The swastika is the Cross bent all out of shape, symbolic of the rejection and abuse of Him and His Sacrifice and Truth. It is used heavily in contemporary occultism and satanism, likely because of its association with the Holocaust -- massive and most dastardly death at the hands of evil men. In each contemporary use, it appears to represent, as it did in the fourteenth century, willing obedience or submission, not to righteous authority but rather to dark forces and evil.
666: As revealed by Revelations in the Holy Bible, this is the number of the Satan -- the beast. It is also the number of man.
Rev. 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Rev. 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed (Comment: he who does not die from a fatal wound).
Rev. 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
Rev. 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live (Comment: an injury due to aggression by someone, maybe only a sword figuratively, maybe be a contemporary weapon).
Rev. 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
Rev. 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Rev. 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Rev. 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
TAU CROSS: Long ago known as the "Cross of Egypt." It is shaped like the letter "T", often with a circle or ovoid above it symbolizing divinity (divine life, or life itself) -- the ankh. There is a mixture of claims between the ankh and the Tau Cross being the Cross of Egypt since the ankh is a development of the Tau Cross. The Tau Cross is a symbol of end, or death, probably due to its resemblance to one of the forms of crosses used to crucify criminals in ancient Rome. Inductees into the Mysteries of Mithras were branded with this symbol on their forehead. The cult of Mithras was a major competitor of Christianity. Mithras was the bull-god (Bull = Ba'al?) worshipped in the Roman empire about the time of Christ. Mithras was hailed by his believers as the "angel of light" and "heavenly light" and is associated with the sun because of its "heavenly" location. Cue on the use of "light" and "sun" by the Mithrasians. The Word of God is [Ps. 119:105] "...a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Jesus, the Son (phonetically "sun") of God was the fulfiller of the Word (His Law). In John 8:12, "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." Use of the Tau Cross by the dark world is more mockery of the Gospel of Jesus and of His power and authority since Jesus died for you and I on a Tau Cross or a variation of it and because of His position as the bringer of Light and Truth.
UNICORN HORN OR LEPRECHAUN STAFF: Brought about by the Druids, this horn was used to castrate animals and humans and to conjure luck and personal gain. It has a hex on it to protect the bearer from the 'evil eye' discussed below. It is also used to invoke protection of personal finances -- more reliance on or solicitation of unholy power.
EVIL EYE or MAL OCCHIO: Found on US currency, this symbol portrays those who claim to be chosen by Satan to control world finances. We might see this symbol used more frequently as the New World Order and the one-world currency mature. This icon is to say to the observer that the "eye of Satan" is watching, especially in finances. It is also connected by some with the spiritual burdens of envy and greed. "This symbol is one of the most potent in the power of divination (the King James version of the Holy Bible calls "divination" witchcraft)." Hexes, curses, psychic control and every corruption conceivable are worked through this emblem." According to some folk tales, a menstruant's gaze - the Evil Eye - was able to to cause harm: failing crops, rotting of food, and sickness in babies. The Evil Eye is also associated with the gaze of a witch to control a victim: a gaze that would appear blank and expressionless but could do harm or kill nonetheless. Whichever meaning, they are all evil and indicate subservience to or solicitation of an unholy authority
SOUTHERN CROSS: Serious bearers of this object mock the Cross of Christ with it. Experimenters, dabblers, and maybe those easily influenced by peer pressure -- the wrong kind of peers -- wear it sometimes without knowing they are mocking Christ by wearing it. Many heavy metal and death metal rock band members and satanists sport this symbol. Wearing of this hunk of metal might be (as might be wearing of ANY symbol on this page) indication of desire to cast off personal accountability to His Law and to flip off the consequences of poor choices and behavior.
SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC: This is the logo of astrology, bears is a very complex history. Astrologists believe astrology to be a science and that the soul of an individual is the center of its universe: his/her own god. Astrologers tend to empirically correlate celestial phenomena with human experiences, thus the "science" of using the stars and planets to predict the future and matters of lust, love and reincarnation. Sanderson Beck, apparently a noted astrologist states "...I did astrology in Israel during and after the life of Jesus and John the Baptist whom I followed." and that "...The three magi in the gospels who were guided by a star to the birth of Jesus were astrologers."

This icon of the twelve signs of the zodiac is also the icon of certain satanists and occultists in worship of the false god, Ishtar, the goddess of love/lust. Spirits of fertility are subject to the power of the zodiac to produce every manner of immoral lust after and for the false gods of procreation. Practitioners of the zodiac acknowledge their [false] god is Satan.

There is so much more that could be told about astrology and the practice of the zodiac, but any way you cut it there is worship and subservience to a false god and the workings of evil.
GOATHEAD: Also known as the god of witches, the Goat of Mendes, Baphomet, and the horned god. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God and performed the only pure and sin-free sacrifice for the atonement of man's sins; past, present, and future. The goathead is a dark mockery of Jesus' role as the Lamb of God. It is the Satanist's flip-off at Jesus. I am particularly enraged at this waste of computer memory. Jesus died so I won't have to and He spent three days in Hell so I won't have to.

Evidently, the goathead is the oldest fertility false god in human history and is claimed to have been "...found on paintings from cavemen." Baphomet (so called after the time of Christ) actually means Bapho-Mitras: son of Mithras (see the Tau Cross above). The Goat of Mendez is the god of the witches. (Mendez is another spelling of Mendes, a city of ancient Egypt where fertility worship - Ba'al worship -- was practiced). Masons admit readily that Baphomet is a pagan fertility god and, more importantly, that Freemasonry may be a fertility cult religion.

At any rate, this mockery of Jesus is a satanic symbol and figures prominently in Satan worship.
'PEACE' SYMBOL OR BROKEN CROSS: Welcome to the seventies, flower child. Originally the Cross of Nero (who falsely blamed the new first-century sect called Christians for burning down Rome), this emblem was used profusely by the hippies and freeks(1), or more respectfully, the student movement of the seventies and by the anti-Vietnam war activists. Now it is back by "popular demand." Little did the student movement and anti-Vietnam war activists know they were promoting the main doctrine of the church of Satan -- "Do what thou wilt' is the whole of the law." Or maybe they DID know what they were promoting? At least some of them likely did. In the hippie cult/student movement of the seventies, the focus of our culture was (and mostly still is) self-this and self-that, with total reliance on the self, never on Jesus except in probably rationalized (blasphemous) ways as in the Jesus-freeks who tainted the Authority of Jesus with flippant and insincere hearts. Some questioned His Wisdom and Will by claiming that His Law applied in some but not all cases. Some also claimed some of His Glory for the self (there's the 'self' again). See how something seemingly innocent can lead to quiet and invisible embracing of the father of lies and his familiars?

Envision the Cross of Jesus: a vertically oriented lower case "t" without the serif (curve) at the bottom -- an upright beam (the stipes) with a cross-arm (or patibulum). Then invert the Cross then break the patibulum down on both sides. Now, the Cross is head down, the patibulum broken with both halves pointing downward, all away from God and toward Hell. Now you have the heart of the peace symbol, or a close variation of the Greek letter, lambda. How our culture associated the Greek letter lambda as a symbol of peace, I have no idea. The peace sign has even become known as the "devil's claw." In 1970, the Earth Day movement used the peace sign with a U.S. flag.

Inductees into satanism may be given a trinket cross for inverting and breaking the patibulum as an initiation ritual symbolic of rejecting Jesus or as having the power to break Him. The purpose of the circle around the broken cross is not well known. It may be symbolic of Satan's lie that he is an eternal god who will reign forever. While the circle may be only adornment or cosmetic, I suspect it is symbolic of further rejection of Jesus by symbolizing that His power can be confined. The peace sign may also be symbolic of Satan casting Jesus into the eternal pit, broken and helpless; an inversion of the True future for Satan. Jesus has already been there (for your sake and mine -- for three days) and has emerged as Champion.

More contemporarily, the Cross of Nero is claimed to be a combination of the semaphore characters "N" and "D" for "Nuclear Disarmament." While this may indeed be an adaptation of the Cross of Nero, I more believe the nuclear disarmament people adapted the symbol to suit their needs.

(1) "Freeks" is the familiar spelling of "freaks." A colloquial term used by and among the hippie culture.
ABRACADABRA: A somewhat obscure term but still might be an indication of interest in witchcraft, satanism, or the occult, especially when the term is oriented atop itself with one letter removed in progression as shown.
YIN-YANG: This doo-hickey is representative of all opposing forces, most notably between good and evil, male and female, and light and dark. The light portion is male. The dark portion is female. Also the light portion is good and the dark is evil. So, you would expect the occult groups to latch onto this emblem to represent their opposition to God's Truth and especially His Law.

This emblem is used heavily by students and practitioners of the martial arts such as karate and other self-defense disciplines from the far east. It's origin is Chinese. The symbol is also used by some to make a sexual statement of "69" which I will not discuss any further. If you see this symbol, note whether the dark or light is on top. Worn with the dark on top signifying evil over good or Satan over God is a relatively confident signal of its use to represent evil.
SCARAB BEETLE: This little bug, a.k.a. the dung beetle is the one that rolls manure into balls for food for their young. An amulet of the scarab beetle was associated with sun worship in Egyptian cosmology and in Egyptian history. From, "The scarab-beetle god Khepera was believed to push the setting sun along the sky in the same manner as the beetle with his ball of dung. In many artifacts, the scarab is depicted pushing the sun along its course in the sky." "Scarab amulets were often placed over the heart of the mummified deceased." "The sun god had numerous forms, some of them worshipped as separate gods. The rising sun was Khepri, shown as a scarab-beetle, the noonday sun was Horus, the hawk god, and the setting sun was Atum, shown as a ram-headed man." Ram-headed man, huh. Sounds a lot like the goatheaded. So, here is a link between the scarab beetle as an adornment to Satanism. If not true, then its connection with a "sun god" is a connection with false worship -- anything to take men away from God.
SATANIC OR BROKEN "S": More of Nazi Germany. This is the symbol worn by the murderous Secret Service of Nazi Germany. In Greek mythology, this symbol represents a thunderbolt (destruction) from Zeus, another false god. The broken "s" represents the bearer having power over others. There is no wonder why Hitler adopted it as a standard for his hitmen -- more evidence of Hitler's fascination and embracement of Satanism. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark  was not too far off with "Hilter's a nut on the subject."
SATANIC CROSS: The holy Cross with an upside down question mark attached to the bottom. The question mark is to state to observers that they should question Jesus: his Work, Will, and Way. Many contemporary rock groups flaunt the satanic cross as well as other satanic notions.
UDJAT OR ALL-SEEING EYE: As an amulet, variations of the udjat are used for wisdom, protection, good health, prosperity, clairvoyant powers, and protection from the evil eye. It is often used as a funerary amulet to guard against evil forces and for rebirth in the underworld. There are other mythological and cultural uses of this symbol. One is the Eye of Horus (the falcon god) or the wadjet, symbolizing the loss of an eye of a god's son in battle. Another is as the Eye of Ra (Egyptian sun god) or Heru, adorned with the markings of the ever-watching eye of a hawk. But in satanism, it is as evil as evil can be. It is the right eye of satan in the role of Big Brother, always watching, always examining and judging, half-closed to make the subject think he is not watching. While Drs. Haynes and Carlin believe the object below the eye is a tear to symbolize that Satan mourns for those outside his influence, I believe it would better fit as a tear in recognition of his future.
STAR AND CRESCENT: With God mockingly placed as the moon (the goddess of love, Dianna), Satan assumes the role of the star, which is a mockery of Jesus as the ...bright and morning star...: [Rev. 22:16] "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star." Satan was cast out of heaven because of trying to usurp Jesus -- Satan wanted Jesus' position(2). Recall Milton: "It is better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven." What a lie! So, it is no wonder Satan tries to unjustly claim that which Jesus owns, for one, His ownership of being the bright and morning star. And, of course, if you will note the relative positions of the star and crescent moon in the image -- the star is over the moon. Drs. Haynes and Carlin share with us that the symbol may be found in both white and witchcraft and satanism.

(2) If you are wondering how Satan could usurp Jesus before He was even born, let me try to explain. God is a triune - three personages in one: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. So, when God cast out Satan even before the Garden of Eden was created, Jesus was there. This is evidenced in John 1:1; "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." "The Word" is Jesus -- the author and bringer of the Word (the Gospel Truth of Salvation through His Blood). So, rewritten to replace "the Word" with Jesus: "In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God." The man in Jesus died on the Cross, God in Jesus did not.
HORNED HAND or THE MANO CORNUTO: This gesture is the satanic salute, a sign of recognition between and allegiance of members of satanism or other unholy groups. It is also called the Il Cornuto. In other "circles," whether displayed as a hand gesture or worn as an amulet, it is supposed to ward off evil (the evil eye) as are the hamsa hand (three finger - two thumbed hand), the eye-in-hand (eye in the palm), and the mano fico ('mano' meaning hand and 'fico' meaning woman's genitals).

Following is the collage of update images provided by the deathmetal emailer addressed in the UDPATE above. Some are repeats of the symbols in the main body. I cannot verify the authenticity of the symbols that are not repeats of the ones in the main body above. Note at least the photograph of the Horned Hand below. Above it is reported as being a satanic salute or gesture of recognition between satanists. One of its more modern uses is to symbolize community among our young rock and roll fans who rarely know what it is they are saying when they flash the hand gesture. Doesn't it make you wonder why the rock and roll culture would adopt a satanic symbol -- from a realm of arrogance, rebellion and anarchy -- rather than show originality and make up one of their own? Slowly the hand gesture, taken from the evil realm, was used as a salute to fans by a number of bands until it became an image of unity. The point is that the images in this collage sent to us without solicitation verify the credibility of this report. Thank you, Deathmetal.

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