It’s the day of the devil some say, it’s “666,” June 6th of 2006 and some Dutch churches have decided to have a “prayer marathon” fearing that this combination of numbers will somehow enable the “powers of evil” reports Associated Press.
The root of this entire hubbub is about Beelzebub and the New Testament’s book of Revelation, which identifies 666 as the “number of the beast,” which is supposed to usher in the anti-Christ and beginning of Armageddon.
However, it seems that this June 6th is being worked not by any “dark force,” but rather by Christians, Satanists, Hollywood and almost anyone else interested in publicity.
“I don’t think the devil has much more to do today than on any other day of the year,” a Dutch prayer leader admitted.
Bryan Moore, a priest for the Church of Satan, ended up serving coffee and donuts.
“What is more than just a number, though, is the fact that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Church’s founding” the Satanist said.
So ”666″ was after all just a hook for him too.
Hollywood loves hooks for publicity ploys, so 20th Century Fox decided to release its remake of “The Omen” today reports BBC News.
The music world likewise is apparently trying to cash in on these numbers like it’s some lucky lotto pick.
Finnish metal band Lordi, known for its horror costumes and ghoulish make-up, Swedish death metal group Allegiance and punk band AFI (A Fire Inside) have all made today their target date to launch new material and albums.
Rock veterans Slayer planned to launch their “Unholy Alliance” tour today, but postponed it because their bass player had unexpected gall-bladder surgery.
Did the devil have something to do with that?
Hard right writer Ann Coulter also launched her book today “Godless: The Church of Liberalism.”
And for those that want to cocoon by the tube tonight television will be running some demonic favorites such as Sci-fi Channel featuring the 1997 film “The Devil’s Advocate” starring Al Pacino in the role of His Demonic Majesty.
So there may be nothing supernatural or cultish happening on this date, but it seems almost anyone and everyone is using “666″ to plug or promote something.