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The curious hand sign at Lady Bird Johnson's funeral

In an email, FOTM reader MariaS drew my attention to a curious phenomenon during the 2007 funeral for Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, wherein the mourners all made the sign of the horns.
The sign of the horns, more sinisterly called the Devil’s horns is formed by extending the index and little fingers while holding the middle and ring fingers down with the thumb.
devil's horns
We are told that it is a hand gesture with a variety of meanings and uses in various cultures. In Italy, it means “malocchio” — to ward off the evil eye or ill fortune. In America, the sign of horns is popular in heavy metal subcultures.
But the sign of horns also has another meaning: Devil’s Horns, signifying one’s allegiance to Satan. It was popularized in the late 1960s by the founder of the Church of Satan Anton LaVey (see pic below) and later was passed on to the masses by rock musicians who were into Satanism. They displayed the sign on the stage and the crowd mimicked them without knowing what it actually means.
Anton LaVey
Richard Ramirez, the notorious serial killer whom the media dubbed “The Night Stalker,” is an avowed Satanist. During his trial in the late 1980s, he openly flashed the Devil’s Horns hand sign to signify his allegiance:


Oddly, the sign of the horns is also the sign for “I Love you” in sign language. It is said that Helen Keller (1880-1968), who developed sign language for the deaf, was into the occultic Theosophy, which was founded by Satanist Madame Blavatsky.
The sign of the horns has yet another meaning in America: it’s the “Hook ’em Horns” slogan and hand signal of The University of Texas at Austin (UTA). Students and alumni of the university employ a greeting consisting of the phrase “Hook ’em” or “Hook ’em Horns” and also use the phrase as a parting good-bye or as the closing line in a letter or story. The gesture also represents the Texas Longhorns athletics programs, which include UTA’s extramural and intramural sports teams, taking their name from the Longhorn cattle that were an important part of the development of Texas, and are now the official “large animal” of the U.S. State of Texas.
This is what the Texas “Hook ’em Horns” hand sign looks like:
Texas Hookemhorns
Good grief. The Texas Longhorn hand sign looks EXACTLY like the Devil’s horns:
Texas Hookemhorns
So when the mourners and even the (Episcopalian) priests (!) all made the sign of the horns at Lady Bird Johnson’s funeral, were they “merely” doing the Texas Longhorn “Hook ’em Horns”?
They must know the hand sign also signifies the Devil’s horns. If I were a Texan, I would NEVER make that sign!
Even if the mourners made the hand sign to show their pride as Texans, why are they putting Texas before America? Isn’t it more appropriate for mourners at the funeral of a former First Lady to show their patriotism toward their country instead of toward their state?
You can see photographs of elites (musicians, actors, media, politics) making the sign of the horns, HERE. They must all be making the Texas Longhorn sign — even the non-Texans! [snark]

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Pop Culture Satanists

In the last couple of days, some of us on FOTM (see the comments section of the post, “Can Newt be Trusted?“) engaged each other in a lively debate about the curious “horns” hand signal that some politicians and pop stars make.

To some, they’re making the devil’s horns. Others say it’s really the “I luv u” or “rock on” signings at a rock or metal concert.

Christians have had the sign of the cross, holy hymns and sacred songs for centuries. Why is it incredible that the opposing side also have theirs?
Take a look at this video of a live performance of a death metal group called Possessed, in Berkeley in 1985. [Warning: suffocating spiritual darkness]
Wikipedia says:

Possessed is an American death metal band, originally formed in 1983. Noted for their fast style of playing and Jeff Becerra’s guttural vocals, they have been cited as a great influence on the death metal genre. In fact, the band’s influence on the genre is so great, they are sometimes called the first band in the death metal genre. Possessed are often cited as the first death metal band, largely because of the early use of grunted vocals. Satanic themes they had become noted for. Lyrically, most of Possessed’s songs focused on Satanism and death. The band’s efforts on [their first album] Seven Churches have been called an influence by groups like Death, Pestilence, Sepultura, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Vader, God Dethroned and Amon Amarth.

The band originated in the San Francisco Bay Area, California in 1983, when guitarist Mike Torrao and drummer Mike Sus’s garage band recruited Jeff Becerra following the suicide of vocalist Barry Fisk. In 1990, Jeff Becerra was paralyzed from the waist down following a shooting incident.

Did you know that the popular hip-hop artist Jay-Z, with a net worth of over $150 million and married to Beyonce Knowles, has a song to “Lucifer” in his 2003 The Black Album? ( H/t NiceneTruth.com)

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