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February 22, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
The evil empire is back on the national stage. Nearly 30 years after President Reagan first spoke about the Soviet Union as an "evil empire," Rick Santorum brought it up Wednesday -- in apparent reference to a flurry of attention being given remarks he made four years ago about the devil. First, some background. In 2008, speaking to students at a Catholic school, Ave Maria University in Naples, Fla., Santorum spoke of a satanic assault on the United States. “The Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country -- the United States of America,” he said, according to a tape of the remarks on the university website.
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April 17, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Start with a sex-mad baroness and her frisky ménage à trois. Add in a stern German philosopher who fancied himself the next Friedrich Nietzsche, his mistress and a married couple who wanted a wholesome Swiss Family Robinson experience for their son. Throw them all together on one of the remotest spots on Earth and simmer until things come to a steamy boil. You couldn't make this stuff up, and, as a lively new documentary reports, you don't have to. "The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden" tells a humdinger of a story about wild doings on those celebrated islands off the coast of Ecuador.
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July 17, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A Maywood man whom prosecutors described as a Satan worshiper was sentenced Wednesday for strangling and killing his mother, then dismembering her body. Moises Meraz-Espinoza, 21, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the Feb. 2, 2011, slaying of Amelia Espinoza , 42. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Thomas I. McKnew Jr. said Meraz-Espinoza's crime "ranks right up there at the top" among "the most disgusting, hideous, and vulgar" cases he's seen in more than 50 years in the legal profession.
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March 3, 2014 | From a Times staff writer
A San Jose man accused of killing his high school classmate for the thrill of it allegedly told police detectives that he had planned the attack for weeks and that it was endorsed by his religion, Satanism. Jae Williams, who was 15 at the time, and his alleged 16-year-old accomplice, Randy Thompson, befriended Michael Russell for the sole purpose of killing him, and six weeks before his death in 2009, started looking for opportunities to carry out the attack, prosecutors say. The new details contained in the transcript, obtained by the  San Jose Mercury News , come roughly two weeks before jury selection begins in Williams' first-degree murder trial.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 1994
Kristine McKenna's commentary on the UCLA film series ("Pretty Women, Pretty Scary," Jan. 12) wonderfully illuminated many of our society's most regressive yet still deeply held beliefs about women. But I'd like to mention one point that may have been overlooked: The "Cat People" voice-over quoted refers to "an ancient race of people who fell away from Christianity and began to worship Satan . . . ." As writers as diverse as Ian Illich ("Gender") and Margaret Alice Murray ("The God of the Witches")
NEWS
August 4, 1996
Doug Adrianson's comment that "Golf is a tool of Satan" ("Water-Hogging, Family-Busting and Other Golf Crimes," July 23), makes me practically positive that he must be a tool of Satan. Three of his points relate to his obvious obsession with social elitism. I guess he's never heard of public golf courses or the fact that one doesn't have to belong to any golf club to enjoy a game of golf. As to his point about wasting water, golf courses are not "water hogs." They are quiet green oases in the center of industry concrete, glass and steel.
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June 30, 2001 | Religion News Service
About a quarter of Americans have a strong belief that Satan is real, and Mormons are most likely to accept that he is more than a mere symbol of evil, Barna Research Group reports. Researchers found that 27% of those polled strongly believe that Satan is real. Fifty-nine percent of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe Satan is real, while about one-fifth of Catholics, Episcopalians and Methodists think so.
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April 6, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA and FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mission Viejo High School's grim-visaged devil logo upset enough parents in 1986 to spur school administrators to banish the scowling demon to mascot purgatory. Seven years later, after students settled on a bulldog for the school's emblem, the devil has resurfaced, creating controversy on campus.
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November 24, 1999 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Arnold Schwarzenegger's new loud, goofy, roller-coaster ride of a movie, Satan shows himself to be such an incompetent boob that, if these truly are the last days, we at least know the devil isn't to blame. In "End of Days," Lucifer travels to Manhattan in search of his chosen bride but has a hard time finding her. (Neither he nor his minions think to check the phone book.) Then when he finally lays hands on her, he lets Schwarzenegger come and take her away. The problem may be that he's spreading himself too thin.
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October 8, 1995 | Adam Begley, Adam Begley is at work on a book about nine contemporary novelists. He lives in Delavan, Wis
With the millennium upon us, God and Satan are scheduled for a battle royal, though we skeptics suspect that the winner will be the super-hero who can pull off the most successful vanishing act. So far it's a lopsided match. Evil is all the rage, and Good, the frail blessing of a decamped deity, is clearly in need of a new press agent. In magazines, on television, the radio and the Internet, pundits accustomed to the meaty certainties of politics and policy have been wrestling with imponderables, explicating Saint Augustine and "Pulp Fiction" to get at predestination and free will.
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February 18, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Son of God" won't be giving the devil his due - or rather, his screen time. To avoid another controversy about the character of Satan bearing a physical resemblance to President Obama in the upcoming religious film, the filmmakers have gone out of their way to edit the devil's scenes out of "Son of God," which is based on the TV miniseries "The Bible. " "It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting-room floor," producer Roma Downey told the Hollywood Reporter . "This is now a movie about Jesus, the son of God, and the devil gets no more screen time.
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January 8, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy, This post has been updated. See note below.
A religious group believes it has an idea that could "complement and contrast" the Ten Commandments monument located on Oklahoma state Capitol grounds: a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan, depicted as a Baphomet -- a goat-headed figure with wings and horns -- sitting on a pentagram-adorned throne with smiling children at its side. On Monday, the New York-based religious group Satanic Temple formally submitted its application for the monument to the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission , which oversees the Capitol grounds in Oklahoma City.
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January 8, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Why can't the Satanists be just a little more tasteful? There is no way the statue they've proposed for the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds is going to fly. Even if it does have wings. Does anybody anywhere want to have a 7-foot goat-headed, horned creature right out of the scary part of “Ghostbusters” staring at them when they walk across a deserted lawn at dusk? “The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair, where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation,” said Lucien Greaves, a co-founder of the Satanic Temple , which is behind the unusual proposal.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Mariah Carey didn't dance around the issue when asked about her time on "American Idol. " During a recent radio appearance, the singer said her time as a judge on the show was like "going to work every day in hell with Satan. " Carey appeared on "The Angie Martinez Show" on New York radio station Hot 97 on Tuesday and was asked, "Did you like [working on 'American Idol']?" Carey's response: "Honestly? I hated it. ... Here's what I was led to believe. I was the first person signed on. ... I thought it was going to be a three-person panel.
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November 14, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Mariah Carey didn't hold back about her true feelings regarding her "American Idol" hosting gig. So much for "The Art of Letting Go. " The pop icon unleashed quite a bit of vitriol during a Tuesday interview with New York's Hot 97 host Angie Martinez . Carey didn't refer by name to her former co-judges - Nicki Minaj or Keith Urban - but did liken the whole experience to being "in hell with Satan. " Basically, she didn't like it one bit. PHOTOS: 'Idol' judges through the years "Honestly, I hated it," the 43-year-old said.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2013 | By Alana Semuels and Michael Muskal
BOSTON - With a cultivated air of indifference, convicted mobster James “Whitey” Bulger sat in a Boston courtroom Wednesday listening to his victims take the stand and condemn his involvement in a string of murders during a reign of terror in this Massachusetts city decades ago. Bulger, now 84, was convicted in August for crimes including gruesome stranglings during the 1970s and '80s. Wednesday was the first day of a two-day sentencing hearing for the crime lord, who portrayed himself as a good guy and a Robin Hood-like figure during 16 years in the wind.
NEWS
September 5, 2008 | JOEL STEIN
My parents have been calling me while I've been at the conventions for the last two weeks, asking if I have any "news." These people clearly don't read my columns like they say they do. I explained to them that the odds of securing an otherwise unreported tidbit at a staged event attended by every journalist in the world were about the same as anyone actually saying the Republican convention was in St. Paul, where it technically was, instead of...
NEWS
June 21, 1985
Workers with bulldozers began looking for human remains at two rural sites near Toledo, Ohio, after Lucas County Sheriff James Telb said he had reason to believe as many as 75 persons may have been victims of a satanic cult. No remains have been found yet. Telb said he ordered the digging after a three-month investigation in which informants, whom he termed as familiar with cult activities, said a cult of Satan worshipers from Ohio and Michigan had committed the slayings.
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October 7, 2013 | By Michael McGough
Justice Antonin Scalia sat for a revealing interview with New York Magazine that is being variously described as “weird,” “bizarro” and proof that Scalia is a terrible man. A lot of what Scalia has to say won't come as a surprise to anyone who has followed his career or read his opinions. He thinks that not every stupid law is unconstitutional. He believes the Constitution should be interpreted according to its original meaning. He's adamant that he was right not to sit out a case involving his duck-hunting buddy Dick Cheney.
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October 7, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
It's the first week of October, which puts the U.S. Supreme Court in focus in a way it almost never is unless chads are hanging - as in the 2000 post-election mess - or the justices are rendering decisions on fraught subjects like gay marriage or Obamacare. This term, which opened Monday, may extend last year's run of cases with high political content. The court is expected to reach judgments on campaign finance, abortion, religion and the healthcare plan's contraception rules, among other issues.
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