Suggestions that Hillary Clinton may be Satanic may sound strange, and the Democratic presidential nominee has indeed had her fair share of critics and similarly odd claims made against her. Now, these critics and detractors include a San Diego Catholic church, which reportedly issued church literature last month suggesting eternal damnation for anyone who votes Democrat in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
According to the Huffington Post, the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in San Diego’s Old Town released a flyer called “Voters Guide for Serious Catholics” on October 16. The flyer was written in English and Spanish and was conveniently inserted into the church’s weekly bulletin. And it didn’t take too long to get to its point – anyone who votes Democrat in the elections is literally going to hell.
“It is a mortal sin to vote Democrat … Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell.”
— #NBC7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) November 4, 2016
While the October 16 flyer highlighted five Democratic campaign positions that disagree with church teachings, the San Diego church doubled down two weeks later on its claims that Hillary Clinton may have a Satanic agenda. A second bulletin went out on October 30, this time naming Clinton and linking her to legendary community organizer Saul David Alinsky.
According to the Washington Post, the second bulletin described Alinsky as a “tool of Satan,” though this is nothing new for Clinton’s GOP detractors. Most recently, Ben Carson spoke at the Republican National Convention, referencing how Clinton, while a student at Wellesley, wrote her senior thesis on Alinsky, whom she had particularly admired as a young woman. A previous Post report from July quoted Carson as also having referenced Alinsky’s book Rules for Radicals, which acknowledged “original radical” Lucifer on the dedication page.
A report from the San Diego Union-Tribune further quoted the San Diego Catholic church bulletin, citing key points where it suggested Hillary Clinton’s purported links to Satanism.
“The devil does this through tactics outlined by Saul Alinsky with the outcome as Hillary Clinton stated ‘And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed,’ to draw us away from God’s teachings regarding the sanctity of life to those of the world and its prince.”
— Butch Wright (@Butch1717) July 20, 2016
The October 30 bulletin also cited ten Democratic campaign issues that allegedly prove how government officials, once elected, may “impose sin” upon the people. These include multiple entries on immigrants, such as supporting them financially at the expense of the national debt and accepting immigrants who want to “eradicate every (religious) belief” except theirs. The bulletin also warned against Democratic officials supporting gun control and “playing policeman for the world.”
Speaking to the New York Daily News, Immaculate Conception pastor Richard Perozich said that he did warn churchgoers that they will go to hell if they vote for or support Democratic candidates. He also admitted to writing the second bulletin but stressed that the language wasn’t expressly instructing churchgoers to vote for or against Hillary Clinton. Regarding her alleged Satanic ties, Perozich had no comment on the matter.
“The fact that somebody took this and then made it public took it out of context. I would never tell anyone to ‘vote this’ or ‘vote that.'”
Such comments represent an unusually safe stand on Perozich’s part, according to the Huffington Post report. The pastor is not allowed under law to endorse any candidates on church literature, lest the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church lose its tax-exempt status. But the report added that Perozich did write a blog post against President Barack Obama in 2009, writing on Courageous Priest about the alleged “abominations” his administration can force on the U.S. people.
Meanwhile, Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego spokesman Kevin Eckery said in a statement that the first flyer, in particular, was not approved by Perozich, and that he also disagrees with the newer bulletin that tied Hillary Clinton in with Satanism.
“It’s not a mortal sin to vote for Democrats, number one,” said Eckery. “And number two, the church doesn’t take positions on this, and we’re not going to.”
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