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17 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC AUGUST 26, 1990 South Africa to investigate Satanism Johannesburg, South Africa (CNS) - South African I.aw and Order Minister Adriaan Vick has ordered a full-scale investigation into Satanism in his coun- try. The investigation of the "diabolical phenomenon" is to be conducted with the cooperation of churches, educators, social workers, psychologists and law- yers, Vlok said. The move follows recent reports of rampant Satanic practices in some parts of South Africa. Some reports claim the occcurence of rituals such as sacrific- ing babies with slit throats, then eating the bat>ies' hearts. banning Satanism would stop people from believing in it. He adcled Ihat a mulfidisciplinary investigalion was needed to probe why people'adopted extreme forms of per- verted behavior. "The claims are hearsay," he added. "If it is aclually devil worship, I don't know." Jameson said he had not heard of child sacrifices in South Africa, only animal sacrilices and the drinking of animal t)Ioocl, lie also said he had not heard of babies being bred for sacrifi- cial purposes, a.s some reports claimed. He said he believed that many of the stories circulating were scare stories, but that did not eliminate the fact that Satanism was being practiced in South Africa. wo.sh . 1 ing parenls allowed children to be bill ce raped and sodomized or to engage in i ........ ; bestiality, and The Rev. GeoffJameson, a Presbyte- rian minister and expert in cults and the occlJh, Ires asked Ihat churches call for Satanism h) declared illegal. "We' may helieve in religious free- dom, but there must be a limit to destructive freedom," he said. "These beliefs destroy people." Bishop Wilfred Napier, president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, said he did not believe Across from war Memorial Stadium 101 N. Van Buren, LR 666-8504 * Tune-ups , Air Cond. Repair , Brake Service * Road Service , Pickup & Delivery , Tires & Batteries Tile & Slate Roofing Heating & Ventilating Systems Gutter Work 1508 Scott St. Little Rock 375-8229 II II I