The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – Charity or Satanic Ritual?

We have all been witness to the global phenomenon of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (IBC). Celebrities, sports starts, average every day people have dumped buckets of ice water over their heads to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease after the Yankee first baseman who was its most famous victim.

Say it’s silly if you want, but the ALS Association says that as of Sept. 3 they have “received $107.4 million in Ice Bucket Challenge donations!”

The IBC has clearly worked and it is difficult to argue with success. We can argue about why the IBC was successful but not that it was, given that without it, they raised only $2.5 million last year.

Lucy Townsend at the BBC wrote on September 1,

There have been in excess of 2.4 million ice bucket-related videos posted on Facebook, and 28 million people have uploaded, commented on or liked ice bucket-related posts.

On image sharing website Instagram there have been 3.7 million videos uploaded with the hashtags #ALSicebucketchallenge and #icebucketchallenge. Justin Bieber’s has been the most popular – with about one million “likes”.

Townsend quotes actor Shannon Murray as pointing out that, “the bottom line is that people weren’t talking about MND two months ago, and now they are.”

It’s as simple as that.

Or not.

Critics abound. Over at Al Jazeera, Belen Fernandez writes that,

Aside from reported challenge-induced concussions and the fact that “ice bucket challenge death” is now an autocomplete option on the Google search engine, there are other reasons to throw a bit of cold water on the project.

For starters, as has been widely noted, the staged deluge of water onto individual heads makes a mockery of the severe water shortages that plague much of the globe and cause all manner of human suffering.


Obviously, this is a mis-characterization of what is going on, as it is not an evasion of donating money but a means of getting people TO donate money (and the IBC participants themselves donate money), but this is the meme challenging the challenge meme. I personally find it less a waste than watering lawns and golf courses. A watered lawn never saved a life.

Fernandez further condemns the IBC as a “spectacle in which hordes of egos attain their moment in the spotlight by going under the bucket.” This seems overly cynical, but perhaps I am overly idealistic.

If those are the practical objections, then there are the religious objections: As Americans Against the Tea Party points out, the Religious Right opposes the ICB because the ALS Association supports stem cell research. Father Michael Duffy raises these objections, which he calls his “moral problem” over at Patheos. He says he can’t donate but will pray. Maybe that will work better than the prayers to stop the drought, or to lower the price of gas back to a dollar a gallon. I’m going to put my own money on medical science.

What are people really doing when they dump buckets of ice water over their heads? Simply raise awareness of ALS? Wasting water? Stroking egos? Or is it something more sinister?

While John Bare of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation hails the IBC “as a marker of something larger and something special occurring across the culture…peer-to-peer fundraising and activism,” Selena Owens at World Net Daily condemns it as a Satanic plot. Bare says that “the Ice Bucket Challenge is causing more than a shock to the system of the person doused. It may be sending a shock to the system of traditional fundraising.”

It is also, apparently, sending a shock to Republican Jesus. Money that could have come to him has gone somewhere else instead.

Rut roh…

Writing at WND about the “darker side” of the IBC, Owens says she was already suspicious when she saw this video on Facebook.

In the video, Evangelist Anita Fuentes breaks down an assortment of cryptic and cultic messages hidden in the IBC. It’s worth watching to decide for yourself if evil influences and symbolism are embedded within the IBC, or if Fuentes – as well as myself – is looking for ghosts behind every bush and a conspiracy behind every popular fad.

In particular, Fuentes’ video depicts the world-renowned cultic queen of talk, Oprah Winfrey, taking the IBC. Winfrey precedes her dousing with the words, “In the name of ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge. …”[emphasis mine] Interesting choice of words.

Winfrey’s proclamation hit a nerve with me because Christians, myself included, routinely pray and make decrees “in the name of Jesus.” We specify whom we worship when we invoke prayer in Jesus’ name. However, because Oprah mistakenly believes the One True God is jealous of her, and the well-known fact that she denounces Jesus as the only way to God and basically considers herself to be a god, I found this statement to be very cultic in nature.

Fuentes also addresses the matter of pouring water over ones head and how that act directly correlates with water baptism and syncs the IBC with the sacred Christian deed of cleansing and purification, albeit, in a sacrilegious manner. She also delves into deep issues of rituals stemming from dark, cultic practices that encompass the IBC and which symbolically place America and Americans in a satanic ritual – with or without their knowledge.

Never mind that religions other than Christianity have used baptism, and that ritual ablution is common among Indo-European peoples. One of those cultures is my own Heathen culture, where the father would sprinkle water over the infant and name him. It was at that point, it was believed, that the child became a person and not an object. A child sprinkled could no longer be exposed and left to die and, if murdered, had to be avenged with full application of wergeld. Someone on the Religious RIght might argue that this is a mockery of Christian baptism but Pope Gregory III apparently did not think so when he mentioned Heathen baptism in a letter to Boniface. And, after all, this was the same Catholic Church that had been for centuries stealing Pagan rituals for its own uses.

Owens ignores anything that might expose her ignorance and goes on to ask and answer her own question,

Satanic ritual? Yes. Rituals abound in “Christian” America. Whenever spectators watch singers like Beyonce, JayZ, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and especially Nicki Minaj, they are indoctrinated and involved with blatantly satanic rituals that stem from the deep abyss of the occult. Some of these very same artists have taken the ALS IBC. Gaga doesn’t utter a word as she baptizes herself, arrayed in a sexy black leotard, sporting black lips, perched in an ornate black chair. Gaga doesn’t use a bucket; she instead uses a large silver bowl associated with pagan worship. Do you think she would take the IBC if it didn’t meet her pagan criteria? Not a chance.

The ALS IBC is ritualistic in nature. People are chosen to undergo a form of water baptism with cultic god Oprah leading the charge “in the name of ALS.” The Bible is clear: “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). Oprah is a god to millions of Americans, and those who follow her doctrine and antics have tossed Jesus off the throne of their hearts – perhaps not intentionally … or perhaps so. Yet by following her seemingly innocent IBC decree, knowingly or not, they have cast Jesus off symbolically.

After linking the IBC with Satan, Owens then goes on to bring up stem cell research and even accuses ALS of mishandling the funds, before closing with an admonishing to “follow Jesus, not the masses.”

Politifact has already doused cold water on the claims made by bloggers that 73 percent of the money raised goes to overhead and fundraising, as if Owens cares about pesky facts that poke holes in her Satanic fantasies. According to Politifact,

The blog post said that “over 73 percent of all donations raised (from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge) are going to fundraising, overhead, executive salaries, and external donations.” Whether purposely or by incompetence, the anonymous blogger misreported the ALS Association’s figures. In reality, nearly 79 percent of the ALS Association’s expenditures were for purposes that advance its stated mission. Fundraising, overhead and executive salaries account for no more than 21 percent. We rate the claim Pants on Fire.

If people want to attack the IBC, they should do so on its merits. It may or may not be a waste of water, but it is also, as Bare writes, a new form of fundraising and activism that is an outgrowth of our social-media driven society. It not only raised awareness of a little known disease (and as a father of a child suffering from another little known disease, I can appreciate this) but it has raised millions of dollars to fight that disease, which is no small accomplishment.

Leave it to the Religious Right to attach their Satan to something they don’t like. A mockery of Jesus? Please. The Religious Right does all the mocking of Jesus that will ever be needed and then some.

19 Replies to “The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – Charity or Satanic Ritual?”

  1. There is nothing any human being can do to try to help another human being without expecting a reward that the Right Wing will not come up with some lunatic conspiracy theory with which to attack it. I’m just surprised they aren’t trying to “blame” President Obama for the ALS challenge.

    Just for survey purposes – how many of you have taken the challenge?

  2. so can I take it as gospel that whenever you take a shower you are simulating a baptism? And that that is probably a Satanic ritual because there is no holy vassal of God there to bless you as you do it?

    First, you can probably dismiss anything that comes from WorldNetDaily as complete stupidity. And then having an evangelist breakdown what the ice bucket challenge is and how much money it makes as Satanic, simply proves to me that they are jealous they didn’t think of it first.

    This is exactly what would happen if people elect Republican evangelists. Every facet of our lives would be gone over and determined to be either holy or Satanic. And you can bet the vast amount of what they look at would be found to be Satanic.

  3. Well since the Whirled Nut Daily has spoken we have been duly chastised and set straight…Yeah Riiight! But you know damned well that if this charity was for a Christian wing cause or the ALS challenge had been initiated by a Christian nut bag then the Whirled Nut Daily would have no problem with it. But because they are not making any money from it then it is SATANIC!!!oooooW! And by the way Anita Fuentes…Religion itself comes from the abyss of cults because RELIGION IS A CULT!!!

  4. Yeah well, I’m just going to look at the ALS Bucket Challenge this way: It’s a quirky way to raise awareness and money for a terrible disease.

    Nothing more, nothing less.

  5. ….and many others complaining that it’s taking away from charities just as worthy. Give to causes you find worthy, people, does everything have to be picked apart these days?

  6. Someone needs to create a fake video called “Christian Bucket of Blood Challenge” to support the Church of Satan, just to watch em shit themselves.

  7. The GOP and their far right wing religious control freak leaders here in the U.S.A. will soon be feeling bold enough too be sending out their very own armed to the teeth “Faith Warriors” (who are the strict followers and believers of the “confidence man” Moses’s phoney “god” that he (Moses) “created” in order to gain power and wealth for himself and his own spawn. Remember that Moses “god” only talked to “him” and his “chosen few”… scam…) out into the streets to do physical battle with the nonbelievers here in this country. In my opinion. We should transport these “Faith Warriors” of the “god” of Moses to the Middle East to do battle with the “non believers” over there first. Because Citizens in this still great country (U.S.A.) are not yet “officially required” to believe in any “specific god” or “religion” (as of yet). Perhaps the citizens of Israel who are the actual true “chosen people” of the “god” of Moses will assist them.

  8. Just don’t think there isn’t a “dark side” when challenges like this reach all facets of American culture (from Raw Story):

    “An Ohio woman said classmates dumped a bucket full of feces, urine, and spit on her autistic son – who believed he was taking part in the ALS ‘ice bucket challenge.’

    The mother said she found video of the incident on her 15-year-old son’s cell phone, reported WJW-TV.

    ‘He was embarrassed because he did not know what the contents were until afterwards and then he didn’t want anybody to know,’ said the boy’s mother, identified only as Diane. ‘They used his phone to tape it and they put it up on Instagram.’

    Diane reported the incident to police, who are investigating, and she said she publicized the case to make other parents aware of the bullying.”

    Want to bet these kids have conservative parents, who have criticized the ALS challenge?

  9. Well, they are from rural Ohio, so chances are they come from a conservative family are approaching almost 100%

    I reached escape velocity from Rural Indiana 18 years ago. Never looked back.

  10. Well this just goes to show how religion continuously messes things up with their fairy tale propaganda and brainwashing indoctrination. Selfish, greedy Christians are just pissed off because that money isnt going to them.
    What a waste of time religion is.

  11. Really? I guess some people have nothing better to do then whine, bitch and moan about something that is fun and it’s for a good cause.

    As for the first guy: I have been challenged to do it by my younger brother, but never went through with it because my mother (who was also challenged by him) is a chicken and since we were poor, we couldn’t exactly donate money to an ALS charity.

  12. OMG. Everything is symbolic to this crazy woman. How does she function? She must spend every moment watching people do the ALS challenge and trying to figure out what their method symbolizes.

    Loved that Bill Gates building a frame is symbolic to the Temple of Solomon. Is every single doorway a symbol too?

    And those crazy demonic authors … dare they!

    And those pyramids and 33’s. Oh the horrors!!!

  13. The word says, “not all that will enter into heaven.”

    If the ice bucket challenge is not satanic thats great, then the titanic did not sink by an iceburg, but by a bomb from the greedy bastards that hated the titanic.

    Or the CIA that killed JFK, or even The Kennedy airplane crash caused by George Bush so he could be president.

    I can keep going and going.

    But the ice bucket challenge is satanic, just ask a 33 masonic brother. Even dressing as a female is a satanic ritual, look at all the actors that dressed as women.. all for.the causeofthe illumined ones, that the new world order soon to be birthed.

  14. As a blue collar American, I was a lifelong Democrat, however obama’s blatant war on working Americans has cured me, maybe obamacare works, hahaha, I made a joke.Seriously,anyone looking at the real tract record of this regime has got to admit he supports policies which are terrible for this country.Open Borders and giveaways for votes,Weapons for Terrorists, Trade and climate agreements which penalize only Western nations, Guns for Drug Cartels, Protection of poppy fields just to name a few, what other conclusion can a thinking person make?The Republicans are not the opposition, they support the same policies.You dems always mock Christians, because you point out the hypocrisy of organized religion, and you are correct. The catholic church policy of protecting pedophiles and the Protestants supporting Wars and Zionists show the really have nothing to do with Jesus, They are really Pagan religions!The ice bucket challenge is Satanic, they might as well put it on an NFL halftime show.

  15. Right. A lifelong democrat who has no idea the jobs picture is far better now then it was in the past 10 years.

    You are so right wing you cant even smell whats happened. The koch and the gop is dead set on taking every right you have as a worker away and you eant to blame it on Obama. McCain wanted ISIS given weapons and you blame Obama. No terrorists were given military weapons but Fox news told you they did.

    You are so full of propaganda is was refreshing to read your post. Move along.

    BTW, we mock fundamentalist christians, not christians. We mock those who would take over your life while you set in the basement and masturbate. Jesus, where do you guys come from?

  16. Get your facts straight. The Catholic Church, the great defender of human rights, is opposed to >embryonic< stem cell research. It is for other stem cell research – look up induced pluripotent stem cells.

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