Lady Gaga's Superbowl halftime Performance has been criticized by some right-wing conservative Christians as containing "Satanic Imagery" whatever that means. The most common comments I have seen say it is because of how she danced. The idea that you can tell what religion someone is based on how they dance to most people seems just ridiculous to the point of being laughable. Some have even said that she has no business performing at the Superbowl due to being a satan worshiper. OK, let me clear this up once and for all not that the far right will be convinced by a simple thing called facts but here is what Lady Gaga actually believes
From the Hollowverse Website. on her Catholic upbringing:
Lady Gaga’s parents, Cynthia and Joseph Germanotta, were active members of the Roman Catholic Church in New York City. In fact, Ms. Gaga, before her foray into international pop stardom—and meat suits, attended a private girls-only Catholic school in Manhattan called Covenant of the Sacred Heart.
The Website goes on to talk about her contempt for organized religion.
Lady Gaga considers herself more of a "Self Worshiper" expressing it's Core belief,
"It’s more self-worship, I think, not of me. I’m teaching people to worship themselves.
Definition of Selfism from the Urban Dictionary.
"Created by Philosopher Gelb, this philosophy consists of the literal belief in ones self. Selfists do not believe in a god but believe that each person is their own god. Selfism practices toleration of others. This is because if each person believes in themselves, people should celebrate their beliefs because it is a part of them. And they are a god (BUT they are not your god.) Selfists are the most amazing, positive, and confident people you will ever meet. Hands down".
This is why they think Lady Gaga is a Satanist. Many far right Christians are brainwashed into thinking anyone who criticizes Christianity is a satanist even if that person is religious and believes in a god because in their narrow view if you are criticizing their god you must be under the control of a demon or Satan himself. They just cannot imagine that someone could use their own brain and question what they have been told.
Growing up in the Lutheran Church which I call Catholic light I was told the same thing. Thankfully I saw through that brainwashing tactic and never fell for it. Any god that would tell me I can't question his motives is not the kind of god I would want to be involved with. In fact, when my family discovered I am an Atheist one of my sisters even said that I must have a demon working inside of me. Which sounds silly but there are still people who think that way. We were told many times that you are not supposed to question god because he knows what it best for you. Early on that sounded more like Big Brother from George Orwell's 1984 or an abusive spouse or parent than a loving caring god. Yet these people have been told this and convinced that if they question this god's motives or actions he will send them to a bad place called Hell where they will burn and suffer for eternity and he will do this because he loves them. Again, sounds like the actions of a ruthless dictator or an abusive spouse, not the actions of a "loving caring god" Yet due to fear and brainwashing, people believe this and are too scared to question the actions of a god that does not exist. This is why these people call Lady Gaga or anyone who questions god a Satanist or Devil Worshiper. This is also why far right wing Christians think we Atheists worship the Devil despite the fact that Atheists don't believe in a Devil or a god. We don't believe in any supernatural force. That is something that thanks to the brainwashing of organized religion those on the far right just cannot comprehend. They have been taught to believe that you have to believe in one or the other. They don't understand the concept of non-belief. They also think everything should have a Christin influence and no other religion should be represented or thought. When they see a non-religious person on TV having a positive influence on people they don't like it because they think it is not promoting "gods will" whatever that might be. Funny also how these people talk about "gods will" but none of them can tell you what that means. Another example of the brainwashing of religion and something I'll talk about in another blog post. Pretty much, if what you are doing or saying does not fit their narrow view and if you are one who questions god or the existence of their version of the Christain god you are a Satanist. Which if they knew what a Satanist was or anything abut the religion they would realize how silly and ignorant they sound. Then again, the far right has never let a thing like facts get in the way
Below is an article on the history of Satanism and it's many different forms. It is a very interesting article and there is much more to it than the far right wants you to believe. Now I'm not promoting it as I am an Atheist and don't believe in a god or Devil. but I'm sharing to educate and we all know Organized religion is afraid of education. Plus if your faith in your god is shakein by an educational article then it most likely was not that stron to begin with.
Here is the article on Satanism.
Finally, I would like to address those who think that Lady Gaga had no business performing at The Superbowl because of her Satanic beliefs wich she does not have. but let's say for a moment that she is a Satanist or Devil worshiper. So what, there is no religious requirement to perform at the Superbowl halftime Show. the Superbowl is a secular sports event, not a religious gathering. O.K. some people consider football a religion but you know what I mean. The far right needs to realize that not everything has to have a religious tone. Lady Gaga was there to do a musical performance that her fans would enjoy, not to promote your narrow-minded, outdated, religious agenda. Not everyone believes in your narrow-minded way of thinking. No one forced you to watch Lady Gaga's performance, no one held a gun to your head and told you that you must watch this or you will be sacrificed at midnight to the dark lord. No one. her performance was for those of us who are her fans and all your moaning and whining about how her performance was Satanic is not going to change our minds. It just makes you look pretty uninformed and your way of thinking is why many of us gave up on organized religion a long time ago and more people are giving up on it. Even most of our friends who consider themselves religious don't bother with organized religion because of its narrow-minded thinking and how it brainwashes and controls people through fear. Littleflurry and I consider ourselves happy to be fans of Lady Gaga and think she is a great influence on young people and we like her support the LGBT community so if treating people with respect and compassion and understanding that not everyone thinks the same way makes Lady Gaga a Satanist then I'd be happy to be one as well. Because I sure wouldn't be proud to believe in the kind of god the far right believes in.