The South African Council of Churches (SACC) is reported to be trying to stop LGBT ally Lady Gaga from performing in South Africa because it believes she is a Satanist.
According to the Beeld newspaper, the organisation’s youth forum, along with other Christian groups, will be marching to the Department of Arts and Culture on Friday.
The protestors intend to hand over a request to the department calling on the government to stop the singer’s visit to South Africa later this month.
The SACC has accused Gaga of being a Satanist and says that her visit could have “devastating effects” on the country’s youth, thanks to her immorality and the content of her performances.
The Rev. Mxolisi Sonti, secretary of the youth forum, told the newspaper that the organisation is worried about the spread of Satanism in South Africa and fears that Gaga could boost it further.
He added that if the government could prevent the Dalai Lama from coming to South Africa, it could do the same when it came to Gaga’s visit.
Lady Gaga, a vocal supporter of LGBT rights in her work and in her public statements, has become something of target for fundamentalist Christians around the world who have perpetuated hysterical claims via conspiracy websites, e-mails and social networks that she is a Satanist.
Some e-mails cite out of context “evidence” of the singer’s costumes, imagery and song lyrics as proof of her satanic ways.
One Facebook page claims that Gaga’s success is due to her having “sold her soul to the devil for fame and fortune”, adding that “this is clearly the devil at work!”
Earlier this year, she cancelled a show in Jakarta, Indonesia, due to security concerns following protests by religious groups.
Gaga joins a long list of pop-stars who have been accused of Satanism over the years – from the Beatles to Madonna.
The singer will perform in Johannesburg on 30 November and in Cape Town on 3 December.