Hanging ‘Satan Claus’

December 1980: The members of the Truth Tabernacle Church in Burlington, NC tried Santa Claus. The charges included "child abuse by urging parents to buy liquor instead of clothing," "lying and saying he is Saint Nicholas," "causing churches to practice Baal religion unknowingly," and "causing ministers to lie about Christ's birthday."

They found Santa — or 'Satan Claus' as they called him — guilty on all charges and hanged him in effigy.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer - Dec 19, 1980

     Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 23, 2021
     Category: Religion | 1980s | Christmas

Sound like a fun little cult…
Posted by Brian on 12/23/21 at 09:42 AM
That deserves a lump of coal ...
Posted by KDP on 12/23/21 at 10:23 AM
A lynching in South Carolina....quelle surrpise.
Posted by F.U.D in Stockholm on 12/23/21 at 10:26 AM
North....I should improve my reading skills
Posted by F.U.D in Stockholm on 12/23/21 at 10:28 AM
Brain worm from decades ago: in The Wizard of Id, a knight rushes in to tell the king they're burning him in effigy. King's reply: "Well, that's one town I'll stay away from."

Once, a just slightly pompous person used the phrase: "hung him in effigy" during a conversation. I asked: "Was that Effigy, France or Effigy Italy?" Those who knew me smiled; the ones who didn't had strange looks.

On the flip side, Ernie Chambers (state legislator and all-around outrageous person) sued God for "widespread death, destruction, and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth's inhabitants."
Posted by Phideaux on 12/23/21 at 12:03 PM
I wonder if these folk saw South Park's Santa vs Jesus wrestling match. Probably not, since no one was strung up.

Wikipedia directs "Tammuz" (actually born on Dec. 25, according to the 'Truth' Tabernaclers) to Dumuzid, an ancient Mesopotamian god who failed to mourn his wife's death. Naturally, when she returns from the Underworld, she allows the demons to drag him down to the Underworld as her replacement.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 12/24/21 at 08:33 AM
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