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Diane Vera

Everything the religious right wing is against, I am for!

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Christian anti-Santeria crusader here in NYC
Yesterday a press release was put out by one John Ramirez, author of a book titled Out of the Devil's Caldron: A Journey from Darkness to Light, in which he claims he was "trained to be the third-ranked high priest of a satanic cult (Santeria) in New York City--casting powerful witchcraft spells and controlling entire spiritual regions" -- until, for whatever reason, he finally converted to Christianity.

The press release lists a website which turns out to be still under construction and points us to his Myspace page. His Myspace blog includes a post titled this post denouncing Espiritismo, Santeria, and Palo Mayombe.

I don't know enough about Santeria to know whether this guy is a genuine ex-Santero or is just making stuff up. (For example, I don't know whether a genuine "third-ranked high priest" would be likely to believe he had control over "entire spiritual regions.") I can only say, offhand, that (1) the press release gave me the superficial impression of sounding awfully Mike Warnke-ish, and (2) his claim that Santeria is a "Satanic cult" is obviously not objectively true, although perhaps it is something an ex-Santero who had converted to fundy Christianity might say.