Parents should become aware of the interrelated influence of satan worship, pornography and some kinds of music because of its effect on school children, a police official believes.
"Certainly the vast majority of our kids don't have a real problem with this. But it's like drugs - one is too many," said Lt. Randy Johnson, patrol division commander for the West Jordan Public Safety Department, who will speak from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 27 at West Jordan Middle School to those 18 and over about the problem."Does it have a great effect? It depends on whether one of the kids involved is in your family or not," Johnson said.
Teenagers across the nation and perhaps around the globe are exposed to occult symbols, satan worship, occult music and occult-related pornography, he said. "It's no more a problem here than in any other area. It's just a fact of life, a segment of our society, and some people are influenced by it."
He said investigations show there is an "occult flavor" to a number of teenage suicides. Parents also routinely ask police about certain symbols they see and about music their children listen to.
Johnson said he became familiar with practices of the occult and deviant groups when he was police chief in American Fork at the time Ronald and Dan Lafferty were arrested for the murders there of their sister-in-law, Brenda Lafferty, and her 15-month-old daughter, Erica.
It was the Laffertys' religious fanaticism that led Johnson to study destructive cults and devil worship groups. "I'm not saying they (the Laffertys) were satanic, but once you get in the boat with religious fanatics it's a short step to other fanatics."
Johnson said he is regularly called on to speak to parents about occult-related problems.