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Satanic Panic! Devilish Dietary Demands In Nevada Prison

lastmealA Satanic panic is gripping America by the cajones. His Dark Majesty’s acolytes are no longer afraid of rebuke in the enlightened 21st century.

Harvard’s hosting a Black Mass, a Florida local wants to open a town council meeting with a Satanic prayer, while Oklahomans are poised to celebrate Lucifer’s legacy with a statue outside the Oklahoma State Capitol.

The list just goes on, and on, and on.

Now Alex C. Snelson, incarcerated in Nevada’s Washoe County Jail after being caught with some crystal, is exercising his rights as a religious minority. According to the pending federal suit, Alex claims he’s been denied access to whole foods, lacking mind-controlling substances like aspertame, and monosodium glutamate. Adding insult to injury, deputies at the facility have been mocking his requests, denying access.

letterThere’s some bad news. Thumbing through my ancient copy of The Satanic Bible, I find no references to dietary restrictions, food, or anything culinary. On the other hand, LaVey, may Satan grant him peace, once feasted upon a cadaver’s leg during a seminar on Cannibalism and Human Sacrifice. The main course was basted with Triple Sec, grenadine, and fruit juice. Satanists relished the long pig, but blanched when it came to eating live caterpillars.

Another strike against him, prisons usually have a daily budget of $2.25 to feed an adult every day. Providing free-range chicken, fresh, hairloom tomatoes, and quinoa are certain to break the bank.

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Chris Savia
Editor at Who Forted?, in addition to managing social media and writing the weekend news for The Anomalist. Chris caught the weird bug as a kid, boning up on New Jersey legends, the occult, and forteana. Chris lives near the Pine Barrens with his wife, six cats, and the Jersey Devil.
Chris Savia
Chris Savia

10 Comments

  1. jed

    05/11/2014 at 8:08 PM

    Do Satanists even view their beliefs as a “religion”? I’ve always heard that Satanism = (basicallay) each person is their own god….the only holiday they celebrate is their own birthday…stuff like that… am I wrong? I guess what I’m saying is if that is true then, wouldn’t there be no reason to identify this dude’s “right” to practice his “religion”? And since when do inmates have any rights at all? I thought that was the idea of prison; that you have been stripped of all your rights….as a punishment for violating the law…anyone?

    • jed

      05/11/2014 at 8:09 PM

      I meant “recognize”…not “identify”…

    • Chris Savia

      05/17/2014 at 7:18 AM

      LaVey’s “bible” says Satanism is more of a philosophy than a religion.

      Then again, Buddhism is a philosophy. Not a religion. Buddhism is not a system of faith and worship owing any allegiance to a supernatural being.

      The trappings of religion are comforting, and add a little spice to life.

      • Dougiberta

        06/04/2014 at 3:21 PM

        Well, according to Bill O’Reilly, Christianity is a “philosophy.” So, why can’t Satanism or “Luciferism” be considered a philosophy?

        • Jim

          06/06/2014 at 12:26 PM

          Since when is Bill O’Reilly an authority on anything let alone religion?

    • Jim

      06/06/2014 at 12:25 PM

      Of course prisoners have rights. The law still applies in prison.Where did you grow up?

    • michelle halliwell

      06/18/2014 at 2:16 PM

      Oh..they do have rights. They have the right to practice whatever religion they are a part of. Some even have the right to conjugal visits.Prison’s are held accountable when any right (with in reason)is denied the inmate. Of course,some rights we have in the free world is a moot point to an inmate. But freedom to practice religion is one right that strictly upheld.I have heard some beliefs on satanism by inmates and it’s pretty much a free for all-as in anything goes. No ramifications for murder and suicide etc.It seems to be a non religious religion. I know that sounds odd but it’s what i took away from the inmates discussion on satanism with the filming crew.

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  3. Really?!?!?

    05/19/2014 at 7:27 AM

    All the judge has to do is look this serf-infatuated little scumbag in the eyes and ask him to explain the manufacturing process of the meth he was caught with, and how the use of that mind-controlling substance is in any way less harmful than MSG… FFS… I bet he’s totally serious, too. This disconnect between organic foods, free-trade and products made with raw petrol and smuggled inside babies is farcical. Drugs aren’t a personal choice issue they’re an ethical one. This guys a hypocrite.

  4. Peter H. Gilmore

    06/28/2014 at 8:33 AM

    Snelson is not a member of the Church of Satan, but have been contacted by the press about this situation. Our statement on dietary restrictions: “None. However, since Satanism respects animals, some Satanists may choose to be vegetarians.” Our complete guide for incarcerated individuals claiming to support the philosophy of THE SATANIC BIBLE can be read here: http://www.churchofsatan.com/info-for-chaplains.php

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