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National Day of Slayer Website Takes Credit For Inspiring Vandalism

By Newsferatu, Writer
Tuesday, June 13, 2006 @ 7:06 AM


Spray paint on church doors

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Excerpts from the The Journal News (www.thejournalnews.com):

A website that glorifies the band Slayer is taking credit for inspiring unknown vandals to spray paint pentagrams and upside-down crosses at the entrance to St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, New York last week.

The site was set up last month to promote a National Day Of Slayer on June 6th.

To participate, according to the site, one had only to play Slayer "at full blast." But the site also included several ways to "take participation to a problematic level," including: "Spray paint Slayer logos on churches, synagogues, or cemeteries."

The vandalism at the seminary, which was done in the early hours of June 7th, included the words "Reign In Blood," the name of Slayer's most popular record.

The website (www.nationaldayofslayer.org) now brags that Day Of Slayer was a huge success. As proof, it offers a copy of a Journal News article about the vandalism and a link to a CBS TV report about it.

The creator of the site, in a telephone interview yesterday, said his rules for Day Of Slayer participation were somewhat tongue-in-cheek, while acknowledging that there was an "activist" side to heavy metal culture.

"We don't have a voice to say that maybe we want America to be an agnostic state," said JT, who said he is 31, lives in Wyoming and does contract work in the information technology industry. "What other option do we have to express our distaste? It was not an outright recommendation, but an acknowledgment of what kids do."

JT would not provide his real name, but contacted The Journal News after the newspaper sent an e-mail to his website. He said he has no idea who committed the vandalism and that he has not been contacted by law-enforcement authorities.

Yonkers police Capt. Edward Geiss didn't know much about the website yesterday.

"Basically, the police department is looking into all angles," he said. "Whether this group is associated with any activity, we don't know."

The vandalism at the seminary seemed to be connected in some way to the date June 6th, 2006. The poorly reviewed remake of The Omen opened that day, linking the date to the number 666, the mark of the devil in the New Testament's Book of Revelation.

JT's website now says that because the first Day Of Slayer was so successful, it will be revived next June 6th.

JT said the goal of National Day Of Slayer was to spread the word that heavy metal fans have a serious, organized culture of their own. And it's not just in America. His website has been translated into several languages, including Polish, Serbian and Icelandic.


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