Right-wing Christian activist Mat Staver cited a made-up internet story to "prove" rapper Jay-Z was an avowed satanist.
The Liberty Counsel attorney warned of a supposed rise in satanic worship Thursday on his daily “Faith and Freedom” radio program, and he blamed the rapper for boosting its alleged popularity, reported Right Wing Watch.
"He belongs to the Church of Satan, he is a follower of Anton LaVey," Staver said. "Anton LaVey was a person who was a satanist."
"Not long ago, he spoke to a group of people where he was having his event and came out and blasted Jesus Christ, saying that Jesus is fake news and he said that Lucifer is the way of truth and life," Staver claimed. "This is Jay-Z claiming that Jesus never walked on this earth. He went on to this rant talking about how if you follow Satan, that is where the real power is. He says there is real spirituality and guidance in the Church of Satan that you don’t get in Christianity. You know, these are individuals who are having an influence on our young people.”
The rapper and entertainment mogul's wife, Beyoncé Knowles, angered many conservatives and racists this week by surprising former NFL player Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated‘s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.
She and Jay-Z have the subject of conspiracy theories and viral rumors over the years about their alleged involvement in a secret satanic cult called the Illuminati.