Former Occultist unveils darkness in presentation

By Dave Gomez

Bright orange fliers passed around campus signaled the return of the “Unveiling the Darkness” presentation sponsored by Campus Missions International.

The fliers feature the faces of two men: Anton LeVay, who founded the Church of Satan in 1966, and John Miller, a former Occultist scheduled to appear at the presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium.

LeVay died two days before Halloween, 1997.

Miller will speak to students about Satanism, Paganism and other occult matters from a Christian perspective.

The non-denominational Christian organization has held the event since 1996 with different speakers and formats, said Campus Missions International member Julianna Karakas, an NIU student at large.

A condensed 22-minute version of the video “Unveiling the Darkness” will give a history of some of the practices, including a background of LeVay, as well as delve into the criminal side of extreme Occultism.

The presentation is not out to get all Pagans or Occultists, Karakas said.

“What we’re dealing with is the element of the occult that goes to crime,” Karakas said.