Gary Stern of Westchester, New York's The Journal News has issued the following report:
A Web site that glorifies the thrash metal band SLAYER is taking credit for inspiring unknown vandals to spray paint pentagrams and upside-down crosses at the entrance to St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers last week.
The site was set up last month to promote a National Day of Slayer on June 6.
To participate, according to the site, one had only to play SLAYER "at full blast." But the site also included several ways to "take participation to a problematic level," including: "Spray paint SLAYER logos on churches, synagogues, or cemeteries."
The vandalism at the seminary, which was done in the early hours of June 7, included the words "Reign in Blood", the name of SLAYER's most popular record.
The Web site — www.nationaldayofslayer.org — now brags that Day of Slayer was a huge success. As proof, it offers a copy of a Journal News article about the vandalism and a link to a CBS TV report about it. [View the CBS TV report at this location.]
The creator of the site, in a telephone interview yesterday, said his rules for Day of Slayer participation were somewhat tongue-in-cheek, while acknowledging that there was an "activist" side to heavy metal culture.
"We don't have a voice to say that maybe we want America to be an agnostic state," said JT, who said he is 31, lives in Wyoming and does contract work in the information technology industry. "What other option do we have to express our distaste? It was not an outright recommendation, but an acknowledgment of what kids do."
JT would not provide his real name, but contacted The Journal News after the newspaper sent an e-mail to his Web site. He said he has no idea who committed the vandalism and that he has not been contacted by law-enforcement authorities.
Yonkers police Capt. Edward Geiss didn't know much about the Web site yesterday.
"Basically, the police department is looking into all angles," he said. "Whether this group is associated with any activity, we don't know."
JT said the goal of National Day of Slayer was to spread the word that heavy metal fans have a serious, organized culture of their own. And it's not just in America. His Web site has been translated into several languages, including Polish, Serbian and Icelandic.
Read the entire report at www.thejournalnews.com.