12 Absurd Claims by Religious Fanatics: Innocuous Items Mistakenly Branded ‘Satanic’

Christian extremists often view common things as forbidden, including stories involving magic, heavy metal music, or even science. For those unfamiliar with these peculiar biases, internet users have shared their experiences on a single topic: “What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever seen a religious person deem ‘satanic’? From rocks to popular movies, here are 12 instances where religious fanatics have labeled seemingly harmless or casual things as “satanic”. These examples illustrate the extent of the misinterpretations related to religious beliefs and how they can manifest in unusual ways.


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In a profoundly baffling twist, a group of religious fanatics once labeled simple, inanimate rocks as tools of the devil. Their allegation was based on the belief that rocks, particularly those of an unusual shape or color, could be cursed or possess evil energies. These concerned individuals went as far as to protest local rock exhibits, assertively labeling them as “spawning grounds of Satan’s influence.” Such a belief could fundamentally change one’s perception of an everyday walk in nature.


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For many, card games are a simple means of whiling away time with friends and family. But for some religious fanatics, card games were claimed as an instrument of Satan, purportedly encouraging gambling, which they perceived as a sin. From harmless games of Go Fish to competitive Poker games, all were arguably seen as avenues of demonic interference.


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Once upon a time, some religious groups viewed people who primarily used their left hand to be the work of the devil. These claims were usually based on traditional beliefs and superstitions that associated left-handedness with nefarious forces. Fortunately, society has moved past such beliefs, recognizing them as unfounded superstitions.


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In an almost comical turn of events, certain religious radicals have viewed tampons as allegedly sinful. This belief centered on the idea that using tampons could challenge notions of purity in young women. Interestingly, such a belief highlights the deeply ingrained patriarchy in these religious circles, where even essential health products for women are subjected to scrutiny.

Harry Potter

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No list of misidentified ‘satanic’ items would be complete without the inclusion of J.K. Rowling’s fantastical world of Hogwarts. Despite the stories promoting themes of friendship, bravery, and love, certain religious groups have branded the series as propagating witchcraft and, consequently, Satanism.


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When the classic film Titanic made its way to the silver screen, it stirred quite a controversy among some religious groups. The movie, which showcases a tragic love story, was ironically deemed to be championing lust and promiscuity, thus attracting the label of ‘Satanic.’


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For many, fossils are a fascinating glimpse into Earth’s ancient past. However, some religious fundamentalists view fossils as temptations from Satan, placed on Earth to test mankind’s faith and confuse people about the age of the Earth. Their disbelief lies mainly in their fundamentalist interpretation of biblical texts.

The Simpsons

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The animated sitcom The Simpsons, despite its hilarious plotlines, has been on the receiving end of religious backlash. The comedic representation of God and themes around satire and moral ambiguity have led several religious groups to label it as promoting atheism and thus ‘Satanic.’

Dungeons and Dragons

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The role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, despite being purely a form of entertainment, brought on claims of satanic influence from some religious fanatics. They viewed the game, with its wizardry and mythical creatures, as a potential gateway to occult practices.

Hot Cheetos

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Believe it or not, a popular snack once found itself under the scrutiny of fervent religious groups. Infamous for their fiery red appearance and distinctive taste, Hot Cheetos were unexpectedly thrust into a peculiar controversy. In 2012, an Evangelical preacher based in New Mexico published a video on YouTube, dubbing Hot Cheetos as the “work of the devil.” The passionate sermon pointed towards the snack’s bright red color and engagingly spicy flavor as symbolic representations of sin and temptation. The preacher further fueled the fire with accusations of the snack causing disease and ailments, inferring the ‘satanic influence’ present.


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The label “satanic” has been used quite unexpectedly to demonize microscopes, fundamental tools in the world of science and education. One internet user described how “an acquaintance of mine called a microscope a “gift from the devil” because it makes people question the divine plan.


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Last but not least, the adventure film Jumanji, famed for its thrilling plot and magical elements, was scrutinized by certain religious zealots. They condemned it as a promoter of dark superstitions and declared it to be ‘Satanic’ in nature. These instances underline the profound influence of religious fanaticism, which has, at times, offered incredibly bewildering interpretations of ordinary things.        

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