Britain's young people are turning against traditional religions in favour of the dark side.
According to the Sunday Telegraph, the popularity of Satanism has blown up in recent years.
However, don't expect to see pentagrams and hooded individuals drinking blood from ancient chalices on the streets of London any time soon, as leaders from the Global Order of Satan UK explained.
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Chaplain Leopold, 32, who is the co-runner of the group, told the Sunday Telegraph that there had been a 200% increase in membership in the last five years.
But he's not taking all the credit, as it appears that young people are favouring it because traditional religions such as Christianity are now seen as “outdated, dogmatic and stuffy”.
The news coincides with the latest census, which claimed that Britain was no longer majority Christian for the first time since records began.
He said: “I’d love to be able to claim that we could pat ourselves on the back and say, yes, we’ve done our infernal work here, and we’re successfully declining the number of Christians, but I think it’s a far more complex issue than that.
“This is particularly amongst younger people who don’t want to be identified as part of a prescriptive dogmatic religion and rather want to identify as their own self-beliefs and self-realisation – which is what Satanism offers.
“So we often say that we’re sort of the religion for those who don’t like the oppression of previous religions.”
According to the Office for National Statistics, there was a 167% increase in Satanists between 2011 and 2012.
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However, the numbers are still small, as it rose from 1,893 to 5,054, compared to around 27.5 million who still identify themselves as Christian.
Mr Leopold added: “You wouldn’t recognise a Satanist most of the time if you pass them in the street, but then we like to have the ritual space, which is when we don the robes and light the candles and hail Satan and everything else we wish to do.
“Because we embrace that aspect – it’s almost like a form of mindfulness, a form of self-actualisation – and while religions think they’re casting magic spells when they perform their rituals, whereas we just believe that we’re all coming together and affirming our bonds as humans.”
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