CNN.com – Royal Navy to allow devil worship

LONDON, England (CNN) — A devil-worshipping sailor in the Royal Navy has become the first registered Satanist in the British Armed Forces.Chris Cranmer, 24, a technician serving on the Type 22 frigate Cumberland, has been officially recognized as a Satanist by the ship’s captain.That allows him to perform satanic rituals aboard and permits him to have a non-Christian Church of Satan funeral should he be killed in action.A spokesman for Britain’s Ministry of Defence told CNN Sunday that it had a duty to allow members of the forces to practice their religion.He added that the MoD was an “equal opportunities employer” which did not stop anyone having their own religious values.”The Royal Navy allows this kind of approach because it is clearly in line with current regulations. We are not aware of any other individuals who want to be registered as Satanists.”Cranmer, 24, who comes from Edinburgh, Scotland, is now lobbying the Ministry of Defence to make Satanism a registered religion in the Armed Forces, says Britain’s Sunday Telegraph.He says he wants Satanists to be able to join the military without “fear of marginalisation and the necessity to put up with Christian dogma.”The defense ministry told CNN that Cranmer went to his commanding officer with a request to practice his beliefs on board his ship and, after consultation with the ship’s chaplain, this was granted.The decision was at the discretion of the captain, the MoD, said, and was on the basis that it did not impinge on the operational effectiveness, safety or security of the ship, or the well-being of colleagues.

Source: CNN.com – Royal Navy to allow devil worship – Oct 24, 2004

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