Satanist group launches campaign to buy warm clothes for the disadvantaged

Newstalk ZB 26 March 2017
A “Satanic” campaign to buy warm clothes for disadvantaged people has been blessed by an Auckland reverend, while drawing the ire of Family First.
Satanic New Zealand has launched a “Soles for Satan” Givealittle page to “buy new socks, hats, and warm clothing for homeless shelters and children living in poverty”.
Co-founder Frankie Astro Seven Vegas said the group aimed to challenge religious authority while encouraging public good.
“We’re not in any way anti-Christian, we’re just pro-Satan,” the Dunedin resident said.
The clothes would be donated to KidsCan, Women’s Refuge and a number of homeless shelters.
Reverend Frank Ritchie of the Wesleyan Methodist Church said he supported the campaign as a way of promoting public discussion.
“We would entirely disagree on some world view stuff, but if they’re out there looking to help disadvantaged in New Zealand, then we’re entirely in agreement on that, and I would support it.”
He said Satanists often had “humanistic” views, and he urged people to be open-minded.
“I would encourage people, rather than embracing this in anger, to actually look at where the common ground is and applaud what the group are trying to do.”
Family First director Bob McCoskrie was scathing of the idea. He said it was “no different to a ‘good cause’ promoted by gangs.”
“Based on the little-known and questionable details of this group, they may struggle to win credibility and trust.”

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